The Socialists and Democrats (S&D) Group in the European Parliament are set to continue shaping their identity by focusing on a clear left-right cleavage, especially following the parliamentary elections in Austria and the regional elections in Germany’s Lower-Saxony.

“Austria has turned to the right. This is the result of an electoral campaign where fear and looking inwards dominated,” said Gianni Pittella, president of S&D. “In this difficult situation, the Austrian Social democrati...

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