– Sunday was the last day of EU elections. 21 nations went to the polls.
– In Germany, the ruling center-right and center-left coalition saw its numbers fall to historic lows while the Green party surged to second place.
– A recent scandal in Austria that brought down the government did little to dispell voter support for the coalition parties the People's Party (ÖVP) and Freedom Party (FPÖ).
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18:14 Manfred Weber, the CDU politician tapped to lead the European Commission for the EEP, said the high voter turnout across the block is the "Most important" news from the polls.
"It is a clear strengthening of the European Parliament in upcoming discussions," Weber said. "The European Parliament is the place where the citizens of Europe are represented, and now it must have an equivalent influence on the decisions regarding issues and personnel on a European level."
Macron called the result "respectable" and said that most voters had chosen pro-European parties.
17:59 The EU has announced that according to their estimates, turnout was 51 percent across the bloc, major increase on 42.6% total turnout in 2014.
17:45 Thee Greens / European Free Alliance Group in the EU Parliament says they are delighted with exit polls showing a strong result for Germany's Greens in the European elections. Co-leader of the group, Phillippe Lamberts from Belgium, customs DW's Max Hofmann the Greens / EFA would use the leverage that Europeans are giving them to really influence policies from now on.
"Everything that we are hearing from various member states so far, points to a surge in the green results – and that gives me a strong mandate for change in European policy. "
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" The Fridays for Future (protests) have helped in making people aware of the urgency of change, but quite obviously not enough.If there was not a strong Green Party (in Germany) to start with, this popular energy would have had no way to express itself in politics. "
17:25 Hungary's nationalist Fidesz party has won 56% of the vote in the EU election, according to pro-government pollster Nezopont. Fidesz was recently kicked out of the EU's biggest bloc, the center-right European People's Party (EEP), about some of their campaign methods.
The Socialists and the Leftist Democratic Coalition were expected to win 10% each
17:09 In Germany, the latest projections put Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party the CSU ahead with 28.3%, down 7.5 points. The CDU's coalition partner the Social Democrats (SPD) is on track for its worst performance in EU elections, picking up 15.2% of the vote, down 12.1% from the last vote in 2014.
Riding a wave of support from growing concerns about climate change, the Green party came in second in Germany with 21.1%, an increase of 11%. The far-right AfD came in fourth with 10.6%, and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the left party each got 5.6% of the vote. 13.6%
16:58 In the Netherlands, the Labor Party (PvdA) was leading, according to initial results, with 18.1%, a huge jump from the 9.4% it received in 2014. Prime Minister Mark Rutte's People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) came in secone with 15%, gaining 3 points on its previous result.
The far-right party for Freedom (PVV) took a noisedive from
16:54 The center-right EEP is projected to be the largest grouping in the European Parliament with 163 seats, according to figures published by Germany's Infratest dimap.
The Party of European Socialists is projected to have 147 seats, while the liberal ALDE grouping is on track to pick up 96 seats. Parties in the right EAPN grouping could see significant gains with 72 seats, Infratest dimap projections showed
16:52 Broadcaster ZDF reported that Germany's under 30 population overwhelmingly voted for the Green party:  16:44 Ireland's Fine Gaelic party, which currently rules in a minority coalition government, was leading in intial projections with 29%. Fianna Fáil came in second with 15%, as did the Green party. This was a massive upswing for the greens, who only garnered 4.9% in 2014. Sinn Fein had only 13%, a tumble or 6.5%.
16:39 Germany's public broadcaster ARD said that voter turnout In Germany, nearly 11% jumped from 48.1% of registered voters in 2014 to 59% in Sunday's EU elections.
16:31 In Greece, the conservative opposition is the projected winner, according to exit polls. New Democracy is projected to win 32% to 36% of the vote, compared to 25% to 29% for the left-wing ruling Syriza.
The extreme right Golden Dawn and the Communist party are expected to get between 5% and
16:00 Initial official projections in Germany show that Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party the CSU have come out ahead with 27.9%, but suffered a dip in support of 7.5 points. The losses were even heavier for the CDU's coalition partner the Social Democrats (SPD), who came in third with 15.6% support, down 11.7% from the last EU elections in 2014.
The Green party continued to reap the rewards of the coalition shedding votes and increasing concern about climate change. It came in second in Germany with 21.8%, an increase of 11.1%. The far-right AfD came in fourth with 10.5%, and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the left party each got 5.5% of the vote. Other smaller parties accounted for the remaining 13%.
Germany is Europe's largest constituency with 96 seats in the 751-seat European Parliament.
15:39 Local media in Belgium have said that the far-right and nationalist parties are ahead of the Flemish-speaking north, while the Social Party is leading in the francophone south. In Flanders, the nationalist N-VA party has lost some votes to the far-right Vlaams Belang, but is still slightly in front. In Wallonia, the socialists were at 27.2%, followed by Prime Minister Charles Michel's center-right MR party at 20%.
15:22 Austrian public broadcaster ORF has reported in initial exit polls that the recent scandal that took down the form far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache just last week did little to dent the party's support
The FPÖ was down only 2.2 points, to 17.5%. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who faces confidence in parliament on Monday, saw his People's Party gain 7.5% support placing it clearly in the lead
es / rc (AP, AFP, dpa, Reuters)