Brussels – Europeans woke up Monday to a new political reality after elections to the European Parliament ended the dominance of the EU's main center-right and center-left parties and revealed a changed political landscape where it right-wing, pro-business groups and environmentalists will be forces to be reckoned with. Selection in numbers that were not seen for 20 years took voters their concerns about immigration and security to the ballot, which led the parties by similar Italian populist Matteo Salvini and France's far right leader Marine Le Pen among the largest in the 28-National Block Assembly.
"The rules change in Europe," said Salvini, Italy's tough interior minister, at his league partner's headquarters in Milan early Monday. "A new Europe is born."
Voter forecasts showed that the league won 33% of the vote, up from only 6% at the last European vote in 2014.
The lion's share of Britain's seats went to the Nigel Farages Brexit Party, which citizens punished the ruling conservative and opposition party for their embarrassing inability to cope with the delayed country's delayed departure from the EU.
The newly created Brexit party won about 31% of the vote in the UK, but anti-Brexit parties, most pushing for a new referendum on any divorce agreement or effective takeover of the 2016 vote on whether to leave the EU in Initially, also went well. Liberal democracies in Europe came second and took about 19% of the vote.
Flight from the center
Riding what they called Europe's "green wave" backed by European rallies calling for climate action, environmental parties also gave strong gains, especially in Germany, one of the continent's main forces for EU integration .
The free trade market liberalized their share in the 751 square parliament rise to 107 seats, from 68 in 2014.
The picture of a broken collection over the next five years was finished, as many citizens turned their back on the mid-right European People's Party – one of the key figures, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, so that her party lose ground – and the leftist socialists.
"We are facing a shrinking center for the European Parliament," said a subdued EPP leader candidate, Manfred Weber, after over 50 percent of the more than 400 million voters in the EU had been turned over four days in the world biggest transnat choice. "From now on, those who want to have a strong European Union must be together."
The socialist leadership candidate, Frans Timmermans, essentially defeated, although the two groups remain the largest of the assembly with a certain margin.  "If you lose a choice if you lose seats, you must be modest," said the former Dutch Foreign Minister. "We've lost places and that means we must be humble."
Spanish Vice-Minister Pedro Sánchez was a remarkable exception when his victorious socialists appeared to win 20 of the country's 54 seats in the European Parliament. 19659006] Although still in question, the results show that EPP is set to secure 179 seats, down from 217 five years ago. The Socialists are slated to win 150, down from 187.
The two sides dominated the parliament by a majority, since elections were held in 1979. EPP seniors hold the top positions in the EU's three principal institutions: Parliament's president, leader of the EU's powerful executive commission and president of the European Council, leading summits of European presidents and prime ministers.
The power of the European Parliament
Although the real power in Europe remains in the 28 member states, the influence of the assembly has grown. It has helped improve flight safety in Europe, cutbacks on plastic use, block mobile phone roaming charges, increased privacy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from cars.
Parliament also has an important word in international treaties from trade negotiations to Brexit.
But now, new, unpleasant alliances must be forged. Pro-business liberals, or ALDE, backed by French president Emmanuel Macron – whose republic is on the road to winning 23 seats, the same number as Le Pen's National Rally – insists that Europe's traditional political certainties are a past.
"The monopoly of power has been broken," said ALDE leader candidate Margrethe Vestager, currently the EU competition commissioner, describing Sunday's polls as "a signal of change."
Party group leaders begin their horse-drawn Monday to see what kind of stable alliance can be established and who can secure the top job of the EU. Their decisions will set the stage for EU leaders who will meet during dinner Tuesday to see where the political pieces are and discuss potential candidates.