What the EU elections mean for development

A member of social media team covers the live debate of the European Commission presidency candidates. Photo by: European Parliament / CC BY

BRUSSELS — The European election results announced this week may have seen right-wing euroskeptics strengthen their position in Parliament, but European Union development insiders are quietly relieved as traditionally pro-development parties also won more seats.

“I didn’t wake up saying, ‘Oh my god we’re in the shit,’” said Valentina Barbagallo, a consultant and former policy and advocacy manager at the ONE Campaign in Brussels. “Some of these results were expected.”

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    Vince Chadwick

    Vince Chadwick is the Brussels Correspondent for Devex. He covers the EU institutions, member states, and European civil society. A law graduate from Melbourne, Australia, he was social affairs reporter for The Age newspaper, before moving to Europe in 2013. He covered breaking news, the arts and public policy across the continent, including as a reporter and editor at POLITICO Europe.