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Sun May 26, 2019, 02:38 PM

Pro-EU parties hold ground in European elections

A diffuse alliance of pro-EU parties largely held their ground in Sundayís European elections, after a bruising battle with anti-establishment groups that saw Emmanuel Macronís En Marche defeated in France.†

With indications of turnout rising for the first time 40 years, early estimates produced by the European Parliament suggest voters returned a more fragmented pro-EU majority, with traditional centre-ground parties losing seats to Greens and Liberals. Eurosceptic and far-right parties made modest gains but remained roughly a quarter of MEPs.

The results across the EUís 28 member states will have a decisive impact on the political direction in Brussels for the coming five years, determining the parliamentís stance on sensitive issues such as green taxes and international trade deals. They will also weigh heavily on the race for the blocís top jobs.†

If the estimates are confirmed, it would spell the end of the centre-left and centre-right majority that has held sway in the parliament since 1979, giving way to a more divided pro-EU bloc that will include up to four parties.†

Rightwing Eurosceptics also looked set to make some important gains, notably in France and Italy, but without amassing the numbers to make a decisive difference in the EUís main legislative chamber.†


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