European Elections 2019: Power Blocs Loose Grip On Parliament
The big Center-right and Center-left blocs in the European Parliament have lost their combined majority amid an increase in support for liberals, the Greens and nationalists.
Pro-EU parties are still expected to be in a majority but the traditional blocs will need to seek new alliances.
The liberals and Greens had a good night, while nationalists were victorious in Italy, France and the UK.
Turnout was the highest for 20 years, bucking decades of decline.
Although populist and far-right parties gained ground in some countries, they fell short of the very significant gains some had predicted.
The Center-right European People’s Party (EPP) remains the largest bloc and analysts say it is likely to form a grand coalition with the Socialists and Democrats bloc, with support from liberals and the Greens.
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The turnout bucked a long trend of decline in voter numbers, rising to just under 51% of eligible voters across the 28 member states.
What do the results mean for the EU?
Based on current estimates, the previously dominant conservative EPP and Socialists and Democrats blocs will be unable to form a “grand coalition” in the EU parliament without support.
The EPP was projected to win 179 seats, down from 216 in 2014. The Socialists and Democrats are tried to set drop to 150 seats from 191 seats.
Pro-EU parties are still tried to hold a majority of seats however, largely due to gains made by the liberal ALDE bloc, and particularly a decision taken by the French President Emmanuel Macron to join the group.
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“First time in 40 years the two classical parties are socialists and conservatives, will no longer have a majority,” said Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the ALDE.
There was major success for the Greens with exit polls suggesting the group would jump from 50 to around 67 MEPs.