WASHINGTON — Socialists and Leftists are disappearing from the circles of power in European politics, and Reuters wrote an analysis bemoaning the fact.
Reuters lamented that there are fewer Leftists and Socialists in power, or at least in the consciousness of European minds.
The Reuters analysis was entitled, “Not much left for Europe’s Left” and started with the question, “What is left for Europe’s mainstream center-left?” The article noted how socialist parties and politicians had “shaped the protective European social model and ruled much of the continent a decade ago” has now become ” the chief political casualties of the financial and economic crisis since 2008.”
European voters are tending to follow more moderate or center-right politicians, such as Germany’s Angela Merkel. Younger voters, upset over massive unemployment and spending cuts, are becoming more extreme to try to remedy their current economic and employment woes.
Portugal is facing deep spending cuts and is fueling fears in the European Union that it could become the next Greece. Greece barely made its budget targets with EU help. EU is also struggling to get out of its current recession.