The three days of European Parliament elections have concluded across the EU. Exit polls show a surging rise of right-wing and Euroskeptic parties, and a heavy blow dealt to pro-EU centrists.
The pro-European bloc EPP and the Social-Democratic alliance S&D have lost their combined majority and are expected to shrink significantly – from 221 and 191 back in 2014 to 179 and 150, respectively. They remain the two largest voting blocs in the parliament, however.
Here is the first overall projection with global figures for the political groups based on the structure of the outgoing Parliament ⬇ pic.twitter.com/5BmkSs5TpH
— European Parliament (@Europarl_EN) 26 мая 2019 г.
The predicted rise of right-wing parties across the union has apparently come true. In France, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party looks set to obtain around 24 percent of votes, according to different exit polls, narrowly beating President Emmanuel Macron’s party, which is expected to score some 22 percent.
In Hungary, PM Viktor Orban’s party scored a solid win, receiving support of some 52 percent of the voters. His closest competitors, the leftist Democratic Coalition and centrist Momentum Movement got 16 and nearly 10 percent, respectively.
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The German ruling coalition suffered significant losses, as the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) scored around 28.7 and 15.6 percent, respectively. The country’s Greens, meanwhile, surged to second place with almost 21 percent of votes, doubling its result from the previous election. The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) came in fourth, scoring nearly 11 percent, almost 4 percent more than in 2014.
Germany, Infratest dimap 9:53 pm CEST projection:
— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) 26 мая 2019 г.
Austrian right-wingers have apparently been left unshaken by the political scandals that have caused the ruling coalition to collapse.