Hundreds of millions of voters voted in 28 EU countries between Thursday and Sunday to elect their representatives in the European Parliament. release provides a broad overview of the results throughout the Union.
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Germany: red carpet for the German Greens
Despite their second place (20.5%), Grünen (Greens) are the big winners of the vote. The CDU has taken the lead, but has the worst score in its history (28.9% against 35% in previous European elections), the SPD collapses (15.8% versus 27%), which could raise doubts participation in the government coalition. The good score of the Greens is sustainable, young people and beginning voters have made their voices heard.
Austria: the confidence that the Chancellor has retained
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's conservative party led the way with 35% of the votes, a week after the right-wing coalition government fell apart following a video in which Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ) prepared to compromise with a Russian intermediary in exchange for financing. The FPÖ is only two points behind in 2014. Voters have renewed their faith in Kurz, whose party is far above the scores predicted by polls before the scandal.
Belgium: strong rise of Flemish separatists
The European elections, both regional and federal, confirmed the fragmentation of the political landscape, accentuated by the Flanders-Wallonia division. The extreme right-wing Flemish independence party Vlaams Belang has risen sharply (11.5%, 3 seats, two more than in 2014). Only the N-VA, the Flemish conservative party that reaches the top (13.5%, down), gets so many MEPs. The French-speaking and Flemish liberals are declining, in contrast to the environmentalists who are developing slowly. Due to compulsory voting, 89% of voters went to the polls and registered the highest EU participation.
Bulgaria: government party persists despite scandals
The conservative GERB party, which has been in power for ten years, has maintained its dominant position on the Bulgarian political scene, with 31.5% of the vote, seven points ahead of the opposition on the left. The scandals of corruption and embezzlement that have plagued Europe in recent weeks have not been enough to distract voters. The nationalist party VMRO, partner of the coalition government, wins 8% and two points, just before the new liberal alliance and Europhile of Democratic Bulgaria.
Cyprus: election of the first Turkish Cypriot
The conservative party was slightly ahead (29%), two points ahead of the communists. Both win two seats. The most striking element of the vote is the first-time election of a Turkish Cypriot, Niyazi Kizilyurek, on the communist list. The Greek Cypriot community, the majority and the Turks, live on both sides of the militarized line that divides the island in two, but voted on the same lists for Sunday.
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Croatia: conservatives in the lead
Croatia, the most recent EU Member State to join in 2013, voted in a European election for the third time. With still low participation (33%), although considerably higher than in 2014 (25.2%). The country elected twelve members of the European Parliament on Sunday, one of which will take place once the Brexit is completed. According to the first estimates, communicated by the European Parliament, the conservative party in power (HDZ) is, as expected, the leader with 22.7% of the votes (but achieves a historically low score), ahead of the Social Democrats of the SDP (18.7%). Not spared by the Eurosceptic wave, the country had seen the rise of the anti-EU party Zivi Zid ("human shield") during the campaign. Given about 8% in the polls, it is slightly less good, 5.7% of the votes. With the 5% electoral threshold in Croatia, he sends a member of the European Parliament to Brussels, as well as the list of "Croatian sovereignists" (8.5%).
Denmark: withdrawal of the extreme right
He won the 2014 European elections. On Sunday, the Danish People's Party (extreme right), close to the Italian Matteo Salvini, fell sharply, from 26.6% of the vote five years ago to around 10, 7%. It loses three of the four places won in 2014. The winner is the liberal party Venstre, in power (23.5%), before the Social Democrats (21.5%). Results that promise a tight game during the parliamentary elections to be held on 5 June.
Spain: the popularity of Sánchez confirmed
The head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, and his foreign minister, Josep Borrell, head of the socialist list in the European, Sunday evening in Madrid. (Photo Pierre-Philippe Marcou, AFP)
The Socialists of the Head of Government, Pedro Sánchez, won a big win with 32.8% of the vote. With 20 MEPs, the Spaniards will be the most important social-democratic delegation in parliament. Conservatives of the Popular Party (PP) receive only around 20% of the votes (12 seats, compared to 16 in 2014). The extreme right of Vox (6%, three seats) withdrew from the legislative opinion poll last month, where it had obtained 10%. Catalan separatists also won three seats, one for Carles Puigdemont, still in "exile" in Belgium.
Estonia: Prime Minister sanctioned
The results of the European elections are the opposite of those of the March elections. The Ekre nationalists who were surprised by getting 18% of the votes fell to 12% (one seat) a month after they joined the government. The Center Party, the center-left prime minister, raises only 14%, a decrease of eight points compared to 2014. He pays his choice to open the government on the extreme right. The Liberals, well ranked in the parliamentary elections, and the Social Democrats, who have recently been in trouble, take the lead with 26 and 23% (two seats each).
Finland: the dazzling ecologists
Surprise the pressure from the Greens who are in second place (16%, 2 seats) behind the party of the national coalition (liberal-conservative), which receives 20.8% of the votes, but for the far-right party of the True Finns (13.8%). This anti-migrant party, denouncing "Climate hysteria" slightly higher than in 2014, but not as high as last month's general election, where it became second. The Social Democrats are only the fourth despite their legislative success.
Greece: Tsípras turns loose and dissolves
In Greece, where three polls took place on Sunday, European, municipal and local, the interpretation of the results of the European elections is "half full or half empty glass". Certainly, the New Democracy, the conservative party, took the lead as the polls had predicted and collected 33.2% of the votes. Syriza, the left party of Prime Minister Aléxis Tsípras, is holding up much better than announced, with 23.7% of the vote, the first since coming to power in 2015. The victory of the New Democracy makes it possible to build on this success in view of the early elections that Tsípras & # 39; held in the evening. By seriously limiting the breach, Syriza, which was marginal until 2012, had proven its ability to rebound. The results confirm in any case the reconstruction of the political landscape, with a polarization around these two parties. The Socialists of the Movement for Change, the new name of Pasok, are far behind, with 7.5% of the votes, slightly higher than the KKE Communists (5.5%). Golden Dawn, far-right neo-Nazi, accounts for 4.8% of the votes and benefits from the rejection of the left-wing power by part of the electorate.
Hungary: overwhelming victory for Orbán
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán after vote in Budapest. (Photo Ferenc Isza, AFP)
The sovereign party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gets an overwhelming victory, with 52.3% of the votes (or 13 MEPs who can join the EPP), before the left-wing opposition with 36 points (16%) . Fidesz therefore improves the score of the 2014 European elections (51%). The young liberal party Momentum becomes the third largest force in the country for the first time in the European elections and enters the parliament in Strasbourg with 9.9% of the vote. He leads Jobbik, a far-right party in the middle of a reorganization (6.4%, a chosen one).
Ireland: the green surprise
An unexpected green wave hit the island. The Greens have 15% of the votes, behind the pro-European centrist party Fine Gael of the Irish prime minister, who convinced 29% of the voters. Two Irish green MEPs will be in Strasbourg for the first time. With 13%, the left-wing party Sinn Féin (2 seats, compared to 3 in 2014) suffered a setback, such as Irish Labor, which would only receive 3.5% of the votes. This particularly European country has also been completely spared by the nationalist-populist wave.
Italy: Matteo Salvini triumphant
With 34.3% of the votes, the League confirms its status as a new pillar of the extreme right-wing continent. In less than a year and compared to the 2018 elections, the party of the Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, doubled her score. In the northern strongholds of Lombardy and Veneto, the competition is more than 40%, but this also applies to the old red countries of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. Conversely, its government partner, the Five Star Movement, collapses and divides its legislative score by two (17%). The party, hoping to establish its own group in Strasbourg, even lost three seats compared to 2014. The Democratic Party has been re-launched with 22.7% of the votes and 18 MEPs making it one of the largest social delegations .
Latvia: the conservatives in the lead, followed by social democrats
Prime Minister Arturs Krishanis Karins and his liberal-conservative party, Jauna Vienotiba, won a majority of 26.2%, according to preliminary results. It is quickly followed by the Social Democrats of the Saskana Socialdemokratiska Partija party (17.5%). Then by the extreme right-wing coalition Nacionala apvieniba (16.4%), the liberals (12.4%) and the Greens (6.2%). The four parties are divided into eight seats that are attributed to the Baltic countries in the European Parliament.
Lithuania: the ruling party ends third
Difficult defeat for Lithuanian President Ramunas Karbauskis. His party, the Lithuanian Agrarian Union and the Greens, with a conservative trend, get only 12.6%, according to preliminary results. Behind the Christian Democrats (19.7%) and the Social Democrats (15.9%). Labor and liberals struggle with two of the eleven Lithuanian seats in parliament. This weekend also saw the presidential election in which the independent candidate Gitanas Nauseda, an economist in the neighborhood of the conservatives, won with 70.6% of the vote.
Luxembourg: Liberals and Christian Democrats shoulder to shoulder
In the Grand Duchy, the preliminary results are tight between the Democratic Party (Liberals) and the Christian Social People's Party (Christian Democrats), divided between 21.4% and 21.1% respectively. The Greens are just behind with 18.9%. The Luxembourg Socialist Workers Party meets 12.2%, the Conservatives 10% and the Pirates Party 7.7%. The first four parties divide the six Luxembourg seats in Parliament.
Malta: Labor in power is largely at the forefront
According to preliminary results, the Social Democrats of the Labor Party won 55.9% of the vote, far ahead of the Conservatives of the National Party (36.2%). Since 2013, the opposition members have achieved the worst score in their history since Malta joined the EU in 2004. Despite the financial scandals and controversies surrounding the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Labor party puts out a seat of MEP for the conservatives: he now has four, against two for the National Party. Participation appears to have fallen slightly, to 72.6% compared to 74.8% in 2014.
The Netherlands: Labor beats predictions
Dutch Labor leader Lodewijk Asscher celebrated his victory on Thursday. (Photo Koen van Weel, ANP, AFP)
Dutch pro-European parties, including the PvdA, have thwarted polls and analysts who have announced a populist victory. Thanks in part to the campaign by Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission and competing to replace Jean-Claude Juncker. With 18.9% of the votes, Labor in the Netherlands should win six of the 26 seats allocated to the Netherlands, the pro-EU Prime Minister Mark Rutte & # 39; s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), four seats with 14.6% of the votes, and the Forum of Democracy (FvD) Eurosceptic populist Thierry Baudet three seats with 10.2% of the vote, according to Ipsos estimates for public television NOS. The Greens won more than 10.9% of the votes, which corresponds to 3 seats, one more than in 2014.
Poland: the PiS against and against everyone
The Party of Law and Justice (PiS) of the ruling conservatives overwhelmingly won 45.6% of the votes, almost 15 points more than in 2014. It gets 26 MPs from the 51 that have been awarded to Poland. And for the European Coalition, which brought together almost all the Europhile opposition, from moderate right to left (38.3%). The new Wiosna ("Spring") party, socialist, environmentalist and LGBT defender, won only 6% of the vote (two seats). The extreme right-wing coalition does not exceed the required 5% threshold to send MEPs to Strasbourg (4.6%). The participation rate (45.6%), twenty points higher than in 2014, probably favored the PiS, whose national and non-urban electorates have traditionally mobilized little for Europeans. These results predict much good for the PiS prior to the parliamentary elections scheduled for this fall. The ultra-conservative party had turned these elections into a struggle against liberal ideas that would threaten Poland's traditional (understandable, Catholic) way of life.
Portugal: the socialists in good shape
The record of abstention was reported in Portugal, where the participation is around 31%. The socialist party of Prime Minister Antonio Costa won with 33.4% of the votes (not final) a score higher than that of 2014 (31.5%). It brings the Social Democrats group 9 seats from 21 in Portugal. The allies on the left are also doing well: the radical is leaving Bloco de Esquerda (9.8%, 2 seats) for the Greens-Communist coalition (6.8%, 2 seats). The most important opposition force, the Social Democratic party (PSD, right) has a ceiling of 22.2%. The big news comes from the PAN, an animal training that would receive 5% of the votes.
Romania: setback for the government
Center-right pro-Europeans, members of the European People's Party (EPP), led the way in Sunday's European elections (26.8%) in Romania, criticizing the left government criticized by Brussels for its justice. USR-PLUS Alliance Liberals received 21.4%, just behind the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), which won 23.4% of the vote, according to preliminary results. The PSD recorded a second setback Sunday: the referendum convened to support the fight against corruption and the judicial reforms of the left has reached the required quorum to be validated. Analysts here again predict a defeat of the majority.
UK: Brexit pro jubilent, bye bye May
Theresa May leaves after announcing her resignation at 10 Downing Street on May 24. (Photo Tolga Akmen, AFP)
According to preliminary results, the Brexit party of populist Nigel Farage was at the top of the European elections by about 31.7% and his leader Nigel Farage stated immediately "A big win". However, the vote seems to have severely punished Prime Minister Theresa May's conservative party, relegated to fifth place with 8.7% of the votes and thus paid for the inability to implement Brexit. It was preceded by the Europhile party of the Liberal Democrats with around 18.6% of the vote, the Labor party at 14% and then the Greens at 11%, according to these initial results. Theresa May announced her resignation on Friday for 7 June.
In Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP), pro-independence and fiercely pro-European show spectacular results. He won three of the six seats in Scotland, at the expense of the generally strong Labor in the region.
Slovakia: the liberal party won, the neo-fascists in parliament
The popularity has been confirmed. President-elect Zuzana Caputova's liberal party, PS-Spolu, leads with 20.1% of the vote. The Prime Minister's left-wing populist party, Smer-SD, admitted having been relegated to second place (15.7%, 3 seats). The vote in Slovakia on Saturday registered the lowest turnout in the Union, with 22.7% of voters going to the polls. "It appears that people want change. I congratulate PS-Spolu on his victory, said the prime minister in a statement. Training The SNS, often described as neo-fascist, by Marian Kotleba, won 12% of the vote and two seats in parliament.
Slovenia: justice prevails thanks to its coalition
Unite to win better. The conservatives in Slovenia did what the left did not understand in France. The majority collection on the right won 26.4% in the European elections. And for the Social Democrats with 8 points, and the Liberals with 11 points. However, this election did not fascinate the crowds in Slovenia, where the participation rate was only 28.9%.
Sweden: the Social Democrats in the lead, the extreme right going on
In Sweden, the Social Democrats give up some points compared to 2014, but remain the dominant party, with 23.6% of the votes. The Democrats of Sweden, nationalist party and anti-immigration jump with six points (15.4% against 9.5%) and thereby confirm their third place in the parliamentary elections in September and win three seats. The moderate, liberals in economics and conservatives on social issues easily steal the second place from nationalists with 16.8% of the votes and bring five seats to the EPP. The Greens finish fourth (11.4%), four points lower than in 2014, but still win two places.
Czech Republic: ANO populist party still ahead
In the Czech Republic, the ANO party beat the controversial populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis by 21.1%, winning five points compared to the previous European elections. The hard right side of ODS and the Pirate Party are not far behind, with 14.5% and 13.9%. The extreme right-wing SPD party (9%) wins two seats, while the Social Democrats collapse from 14 to 4%, an insufficient to choose a representative.
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