The electoral success of activists, political entrepreneurs, more liberal-minded or pro-EU politicians in capital cities is not a strong signal that attitudes and voting patterns are shifting at the national level. Many Central-East European (CEE) citizens still have strong preferences for socially conservative policies and politicians, despite economic preferences increasingly leaning leftwards.
- The European Commission will have more supporters in key places to push for more climate change awareness and Green policies.
- Newcomers into the system will challenge entrenched corruption and clientelism.
- Firms allied to mainstream parties will resist losing advantageous contracts.
- Nationalist or anti-EU parties will moderate their rhetoric and adapt their strategies so as not to alienate their urban supporters further.