Extremists and green parties make gains in Europe for EU Parliament election

Nationalists and environmental parties have made gains across Europe at the expense of traditional parties in the European Parliament elections.

Far-right parties such as National Rally in France, Lega Nord in Italy and Fidesz in Hungary all topped the poll in their countries.

However, the far-right’s vote dropped in the Netherlands, with Geert Wilder’s Party for Freedom losing all its seats.

Green parties also made stunning victories, especially in Germany, where they pushed the Social Democratic Party into third place.

The centre-right bloc is set to be the largest party, with 182. However, they are far short of an overall majority and may have to work with the centre-left bloc to pass laws.

Turnout in Europe was considerably up, with 51 percent across the 28 EU member states.

France

Marine Le Pen’s National Rally has been celebrating a second victory in the European elections, winning the election once again. They won 22 seats, up seven, but their share of the vote dropped by one percent with 23.4 percent. Macron’s governing En Marche came a close second with 21 seats and 22.3 percent of the vote. Europe Ecology – The Greens surged to third place, more than doubling their number of seats.

The centre-right Les Republicans suffered a huge loss, dropping nine seats to seven and losing 12 percent of the vote.

Germany

The Green Party was the big winner in Germany, pushing the Social Democratic Party into third place and winning 21 seats, up ten, and over 20 percent of the vote.

The two governing parties, the SPD and Angela Merkel’s CDU both lost seats and votes. The CDU, while still coming first, lost five seats to 29, with the SPD losing 11 seats to 16 and almost half their vote from 2014.

The far-right Alternative for Germany gained four seats, whilst the far-left Die Linke lost two.

Transnational pro-European party Volt gained their first seat in the European Parliament, along with the Family Party of Germany and Human Environmental Animal Protection – an animal welfare party.

The fascist National Democratic Party lost their only seat.

Italy

Matteo Salvini’s far-right Lega Nord has won over a third of the vote in Italy, jumping to 34.3 percent from just 6.2 percent in 2014. The centre-left Democratic Party came a distant second with 22.7 percent, down almost 20 percent.

The Five Star Movement, the largest party in Italy’s parliament, came third with 17.1 percent, down from the last election from 21.2 percent.

Spain

Following from their election win earlier this year, centre-left PSOE led the way jumping almost 10 percent in the vote and winning 20 seats, up six.

The centre-left People’s Party lost a quarter of their seats, dropping to 12 from 16. Left-wing Podemos also performed poorly, losing almost half their seats.

Far-right Vox won their first seats in the European Parliament, with three seats and just over six percent of the vote.

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