Over four days last week, voters in 28 countries handed the highest options in a European election for 20 years as they elected new representatives to sit in the European Parliament.
Here are some of the most important takeaways:
- Traditional centrist parties took a drubbing with the so-called Grand Coalition – consisting of the leftist Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S & D) and the center-right European People's Party (EPP) – loses 77 seats and its majority in the European Parliament. One of the key figures in S&D is Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel is part of EPP. In contrast, the Liberal Center Group, composed of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE & R), which includes French President Emmanuel Macron, has admitted 32 seats and will now play an important role in the appointment of Officials for important EU posts.
- In Britain, Brexit Party, led by Arch-Brexites Nigel Farage, was taken home by 31
- Spain's Socialist Party recorded another strong performance after an election in late April, winning 32.84% of the vote. Middle-party parties The People's Party (20.1%) and Ciudadanos (12.2%) came second and third, as Spain jumped the general European trend towards political extremities. Right party Vox won only 6.2% of the vote.
- Results in France provided further evidence that a predicted increase in support for far-right populist parties did not . Marine Le Pen & # 39; s far right national rally won 23.31% of the vote, according to the French Interior Ministry, beating French president Emmanuel Macrons La Republique A Marche alliance at 22.41%. However, Le Pen's voting share was a slight decrease compared to 2014 when her Front National Party achieved 24.86% of the vote.
- In Italy, the right-wing Lega party led by Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini won a victory with 33.64% of the vote. Eurosceptic Salvini said he will try to form an anti-EU bloc with Marine Le Pen and Hungary's Viktor Orban . It is unclear whether it will materialize.
- Orban, Hungary's far right nationalist prime minister, scored a major victory after his Fidesz party received 52.14% of the country's votes. It is more than three times the amount of the second-best party, the left-wing democratic coalition, which received only 16.26%.
- The Green Party Alliance released its strongest performance in elections to Europe wins 70 seats and takes 9.32% of the vote – an increase from 2014 when they took 50 seats. Much of the party's gains came from Northern Europe, including Britain, Ireland, France and Germany, where young people have arranged marches that require political action over climate change.
- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he would call a snap election for a poor performance for his party at European and local elections. The opposition conservative party "New Democracy" won 33.27% of the vote, with a leadership over the governing coalition of the radical left "Syriza", currently at 23.85%.