43% of Europeans voted in European Parliament elections

Monday 26 May 2014 06.26
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Votes are counted in Germany, the most populous country in the EU, sends 96 MEPs to EU Pic: EPA
Votes are counted in Germany, the most populous country in the EU, sends 96 MEPs to EU Pic: EPA
EPP candidate Jean Claude Juncker says he has the full support of Enda Kenny to get the top job in EC Pic: EPA
EPP candidate Jean Claude Juncker says he has the full support of Enda Kenny to get the top job in EC Pic: EPA
National Front leader Marine Le Pen called for the dissolution of the French national assembly Pic: EPA
National Front leader Marine Le Pen called for the dissolution of the French national assembly Pic: EPA
Podemos, born out of Spain's 'Indignant' movement captured five seats. Pic: EPA
Podemos, born out of Spain's 'Indignant' movement captured five seats. Pic: EPA

Data on how Europe voted in the Parliamentary elections has been flooding-in since polling stations closed. 

On voter turn-out, Luxembourg and Belgium both hit 90%. However in the Czech Republic it was 19% and only 13%  in Slovakia. 

The centre-right European People's Party to which Fine Gael are aligned are leading the European Parliament elections.

They hold 211 seats, ahead of the Socialists with 193, while anti-EU parties will have nearly 130 according to projections.

The ALDE Liberals group would be third with 74 seats, ahead of the Greens at 58 and the left GUE/NGL with 47, according to Parliament projections.

Turnout in elections for the European Parliament averaged out at 43.11%  across the 28-nation European Union.

That was fractionally higher than the 43% at the last election in 2009, which was the lowest rate ever.

The vote is expected to confirm the dominance of pro-European Union centrists despite a rise in support for the far-right and left.

On the race to become the President of the European Commission, the EPP candidate Jean Claude Juncker says he has the full support of Enda Kenny to get the top job. 

Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Poland are among the major EU member states voting today.

They represent the bulk of the 388 million Europeans eligible to cast ballots and elect the 751 deputies to sit in the European Parliament from 2014-2019.

After years of economic crisis, rising unemployment and poor growth, many Europeans have come to question the wisdom of ever-closer EU integration.

They are expected to vote for Eurosceptic parties on the right or left that promise radical change.

Opinion polls suggest at least a quarter of seats in the parliament will go to anti-EU or protest groups.

The polls suggest that at least 70% will remain with the four mainstream, pro-EU blocs: the centre-left, centre-right, liberals and Greens.

In Britain, The UK Independence Party (UKIP) of Nigel Farage led the European parliament election in Britain after the first two of the 12 regions declared their results.

Mr Farage's party, which wants Britain to exit the European Union, gained one seat in North East England and won three seats in East of England.

The early results put UKIP on four seats, one ahead of the three won by the Conservatives of Prime Minister David Cameron and the three won by the main opposition Labour Party.

In France, National Front leader Marine Le Pen called for the dissolution of the French national assembly after exit polls suggested her anti-immigrant, Eurosceptic party winning European Parliament elections in France.

Pollster Ifop estimated that Le Pen's National Front party would score between 22 and 25 seats in the new European Parliament - up from the three it currently holds.

In Italy, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party came in ahead of the anti-establishment M5S. 

In Spain, two main political parties have lost major ground in the European Parliament elections.

In Germany, exit polls suggest that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives are on course for major victory in the elections.

Germany, the most populous country in the EU, sends 96 legislators to the European Parliament.

In Greece, exit polls suggested that  anti-austerity radical leftist party Syriza held a slight lead in European Parliament elections.

Syriza was indicated to be holding a lead of around three points over the leading government party, conservative New Democracy.

In Denmark it is suggested that the Danish People's Party is ahead of the Social Democrats who scored 20.2%.

Europe's voting patterns                      

Centre-right                           212
              
Socialists                             185
              
Liberals                                71
              
Greens                                  55
              
Far left                                45
              
Conservatives                           40
              
Non-attached                            40
              
Nationalists                            36
              
Others, newly elected members           67

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