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Merkel's alliance first in EU elections, Green makes big gains – POLITICS



German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition comes first in EP elections Andreas Gebert / Getty Images

Early results also predict a strong view for Austria's Chancellor after scandal-developed coalition partner.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative alliance ended first in germany in the elections to the european parliament Sunday, while green and the very right alternative to germany gained strong gains to finish second and fourth, according to the first projections.

Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian partner, the Christian Social Union, ended with about 28 percent, according to forecasts followed by Greens by about 22 percent.

The poll numbers show a hard third place funding for the Social Democrats (SPD) by about 15.5 percent, a brutal drop of more than 11 percentage points compared to five years ago. The bad show could interfere with Merkel's governing coalition in Berlin, whose social democrats in rank and file pushed their party leadership to leave the government.

AfD scored 10.5 percent, which would be an increase of 3.4 percentage points. Throughout Europe, far-right, nationalist and populist parties are expected to gain significant gains.

In Germany, there was no doubt that Merkel's CDU / CSU coalition would be finished at the top. But the results show that conservatives lose seats in the European Parliament compared to 2014 – a result that is expected to be repeated for ordinary conservative parties across the continent.

In the last European election five years ago, the CDU / CSU won 34 seats and 35.3 percent of the votes, the SPD took 27 seats and 27.3 percent of the vote, green won 11 seats and 10.7 percent left the Die Linke got 7 seats and 7.4 percent, alternative to Germany won 7 seats and 7.1 percent of the vote, the Liberal Freedom Democrats won three seats and 3.4 percent, and the free voters in Bavaria won a seat and 1.5 percent of the vote.

Projections of the year's results, released at. 18.00 Sunday gives a first glimpse of what Parliament's delegation from the EU's largest country will look like.

The 28 competitions across Europe, including in the United Kingdom, hoping to close the EU now, will fill the 751 seats of the European Parliament. This result will negotiate with a view to completing the top positions of the EU, including the Presidents of the Commission, the Council and Parliament and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs.

Germany's sheer size means that the Social Democrats' collapse is there Expected loss of 11 seats far exceeds some expected gains elsewhere to the center on the left, including two additional seats in the Netherlands and one in Malta. The conservatives suffered small losses in Germany, an expected fall of six places – suggesting that the center's right wing could hold onto its top spot in parliament.

David McAllister, a prominent German MEP from the CDU, acknowledged that the party has lost, but said it is holding its first position.

"Of course, we would have liked a better result in Germany as the CDU and CSU," McAllister said. "But we are the strongest political party with clear leadership in front of our competitors and we have contributed to the EPP hopefully being the strongest political power in the European Parliament again."

In Austria, initial projections show that Chancellor Sebastian Kurz People's Party speaks Europe The People's Party first placed 34.5 percent – an increase of more than 7 percentage points compared to 2014 – followed by the Social Democrats by 23.5 percent, as a slight decrease from the last European election.

The far-right freedom party, which in recent days was shaken by a scandal that led to the resignation of its leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, seems to have only been badly affected by affairs coming in third place with 17.5 percent , a drop of just over 2 percentage points.

Estimated results from the Netherlands on Sunday reflect the first exit surveys showing a surprise at the top spot of the Center-Left Labor Party (PvdA), which apparently has been pushed to the top in part by the candidacy of the President of Frans Timmermans, former Dutch Foreign Minister. The Labor Party was followed by Prime Minister Mark Rutte's Liberal Group, the People's Party of Freedom and Democracy (VVD), Centered Right Christian Democratic Appeal (CD), and the Right Forum for Democracy (FvD).

The estimated results presented by the European Parliament show that Labor has five seats in Parliament followed by four seats each for VVD and CDA and three seats for FvD. The far right FvD suffered a worse than expected result despite a prominent debate on one-on-one television between its charismatic young leader, Thierry Baudet and Rutte just before the election, which was held on Thursday in the Netherlands. [19659008] In Cyprus, the Democratic rally, the central right-wing party of President Nicos Anastasiades, first, according to the early projections, ended 31.8 percent – a drop of nearly 6 percentage points compared to 2014. Progressive Party of Working People took second place, with 26 percent, a decline of a single percentage point.

In Ireland, the first results show Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's center-right Fine Gael party finishing with 29 percent of the vote – a better view than in 2019 The results show that the FG takes up four seats in the EP for the EPP, followed by by Green, Sinn Fein and independent candidates, each taking two places. The liberal Fianna Fáil party seems to have won a single seat.

In Malta, the first results show the Social Democrats who suck a seat from the conservatives with Prime Joseph Muscat's center-left Labor Party winning four seats and middle-right Nationalist party winning two seats. The results show the Labor Party with about 55 percent and the Nationalist Party with 37 percent. In 2014, the parties had divided Malta's six seats and took three each.

This article has been updated.


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