Eurosceptic candidates are lining up to engulf the European Parliament, which elects a new batch of MEPs between May 23 to 26. A shock study, carried out by news website Politico, claims that at least 150 troublesome candidates are set to win seats in the upcoming euro ballot. If the eurosceptic groups manage to organise themselves into one bloc, they will challenge the traditional parliamentary giants – Jean-Claude Juncker’s European People’s Party – for power. Express.co.uk can reveal the six potential MEPs that Brussels should be most worried about joining the EU Parliament.
Britain’s leading Brexiteer is set to return to the European Parliament despite the country voting to leave EU almost three years ago.
Mr Farage’s Brexit Party are soaring in the domestic polls as they look to win at least 19 seats, according to a YouGov poll published last week.
Launching his party’s campaign last month, he vowed to “put the fear of God” into MPs for obstructing Brexit and betraying the result of the historic 2016 EU referendum.
His domestic focus has led experts to question how prepared the Brexit Party are for life inside the EU Parliament.
Commenting on what EU-wide group the Brexit Party could join, Europe Elects analyst Filip van Laenen said: “It’s hard to predict. But he’s not putting much energy into being acceptable for other members.”
The fresh-faced 23-year-old is the new star of France’s eurosceptic right-wing and the lead candidate for Marine Le Pen’s National Rally.
He will almost certainly win a seat in the EU Parliament as his party’s top candidate and has close links to firebrand Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini.
This connection could form a key pillar of uniting eurosceptic forces to form a transnational alliance that challenges the traditional Brussels elite.
A poll published by the European Parliament last week predicts that National Rally are going to return at least 20 of France’s 74 seats.
Antonio Rinaldi and Franceca Donato
The two anti-euro campaigners have been unveiled as candidates for Italy’s right-wing League, to do Matteo Salvini’s bidding in Brussels.
Mr Rinaldi, an economics teacher at Rome’s Link Campus University, has tirelessly campaigned for years to “take back the keys to our own house” by quitting the Eurozone.
Ms Donato shares a similar view of the EU’s single currency bloc and is president of Italy’s Eurexit Association, whose goal is “to leave the euro to relaunch our economy and re-establish democracy”.
Ms Donato as claimed she would not use her position as an MEP to guide Italy out of the euro, but she will use the threat of a future exit as leverage towards reform demands.
She said: “The euro doesn’t work and cannot continue like this, but we want to make an attempt to reform it and make it sustainable.
“If we fail, then it will be easier to explain to Italian that the only thing to do is leave.”
League is currently Italy’s most popular party and enjoyed support of above 30 percent, according to opinion polls.
The former Italian prime minister has announced his intention to become an MEP at the age of 82.
He will run for the party he founded, the centre-right Forza Italia, which has suffered from dwindling popularity in recent years.
While Mr Berlusconi harbours ambitions for minor reforms to the EU, officials will fear the negative press he attracts because of his dubious past.
His political career has been hit by personal and professional scandal, most notably he was barred from running for public office for nearly five years due to a tax fraud conviction.
According to Politico, Forza Italy are set to only win seven seats in the upcoming election.
Mr Meuthen is one of the two leaders of the far-right Alternative for Germany movement and will be running for election.
The eurosceptic lead candidate has predicted that conservative voices will dominate the next Parliament.
He said: “I expect conservative forces will be clearly strengthened in the elections and that social democratic forces will be heavily weakened.”
The 57-year-old is hoping to be part of the a eurosceptic super alliance, featuring anti-EU politicians from across the bloc.
But he has cast doubt on whether such a force can be achieved.
He warned clashing personalities would prevent the formation of a “patriotic alliance”.
AfD are currently set to win around 11 seats in the new EU Parliament.