EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS


27/05/2019




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- In the European Parliament elections, which had been the number one item of European politics for months, traditional parties suffered great losses. According to preliminary results, the European People's Party (PPE), the largest group in Parliament, won 180 seats. The European Socialists and Democrats Group (S & D) won the right to be represented in the parliament with 152 representatives. The Social Democrats won 191 seats in the 2014 elections.

In the elections, the extreme right-wing parties were expected to receive high votes, while the success of the Greens in Germany and France in particular was a surprise. The Greens group had 67 seats in parliament.

The Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) and the Christian Social Union Party (CSU), which supported German Chancellor Angela Merkel, received 28 percent of the vote and remained below expectations. The Union lost 8 percent points according to the 2014 election.

In France, the extreme right-wing Marine Le Pen's party "Rassemblement National" (National Unity) took the first place with 23.2 per cent. President Emmanuel Macron's LREM was second with 21.9%.

The winner of the EP elections in Italy was the anti-immigrant, far-right League party. The party, led by Matteo Salvini, received 26 per cent of the vote.

The victory in Spain was the Socialist Party led by Pedro Sanchez. The Socialist Party took about 33 percent of the votes in the elections. The People's Party, representing the central right, remained at 20 percent

In the UK, another highly anticipated country, the Brexit Party was led by Niger Farage won the elections. The party won about 31 percent of the vote.


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