I'm not sure that any of the parties are, strictly speaking, traditionalist in their politics. Even so, it's great to see the shaking up of the liberal consensus in Europe. Amongst the top performers were:
France: The National Front achieved the highest percentage of votes of any
French party at 25%. The ruling socialists scored only 14%.
Denmark: The Danish People's Party finished with 26% of the vote.
Germany: The Alternative for Germany, a new party, scored 7% of the vote. That may not seem much, but it is a great step forward and will give the party credibility.
Austria: The Freedom Party scored 20%.
The Netherlands: The Freedom Party scored 13%.
Italy: The Five Star Party scored 21%.
Great Britain: UKIP 27.5%
The results stunned the ruling elites in Europe. This was the reaction in France:
President Francois Hollande's office said he would hold urgent talks today with top government ministers in what French media called a crisis meeting.Excellent. Hopefully at least some of these parties will be able to capitalise on their strong showing and open up political space in Europe for those opposed to globalisation and open borders.
Speaking before the meeting, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said it was 'a political earthquake in France' and 'a very grave moment for France and for Europe', while ecology minister Segolene Royale said: 'It’s a shock on a global scale.'