The triumph of right-wing Eurosceptic parties in Italy's general election on March 4 has come after consistent polling data showing the country's population as the most hostile to Brussels on the continent and fuelling fears the country may go down a similar path to Britain, dealing a further blow to the project of European integration. Already several other members of the Union have undergone political transformations putting them at odds with the EU establishment and potentially adding to the list of compounding challenges to the political and economic bloc.
The European Union gets closer to its death every single European election and what a beautiful sight it is. The failed socialist dictatorship will be gone within in 10 years! #Brexit #ItalExit #ItalyElection #ItalyElection2018— Cameron (@ccolepolitics) March 4, 2018
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor was among the first anti-EU leaders to emerge as the European Union's economic problems began to manifest after the Global Financial Crisis. A standard-bearer of so-called "Soft Euroscepticism," he has walked a fine line between defying Brussels while eschewing his country crashing out of the Union. In particular he has referred to large-scale immigration from the Middle East and North Africa a "threat to the whole of Europe" and has moved to securitize the country's borders in defiance of the principle of freedom of movement.
Greece has, in recent years, vied with Italian for the distinction of having the highest level of anti-EU sentiment. The perceived failures of the left-wing Syriza-led government which first opposed and then agreed to implement austerity measures demanded by Brussels, together with whe dramatic contraction in the country's economy and the rapid influx of migrants has seen the rise of far-right and other Eurosceptic parties such as Golden Dawn.