Smaller Pro-EU Parties Surge in European Elections; Centrists Lose Seats
Monday, 27 May 2019 10:57 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

Smaller European parties saw a surge of support in continent-wide elections for the European Parliament in what politicians and analysts agree will likely be seen as the most consequential since 1979, when European Union voters first began casting ballots for the bloc's legislature.

Early results Sunday suggested the 751-seat parliament will be more fragmented than ever before. Smaller parties, both euroskeptic and pro-EU ones, fared well at the expense of their more established and bigger center-right and center-left rivals.

Pro-EU Liberals and Greens will hold the balance of power in the new parliament, which will sit for five years. Philippe Lamberts, leader of the Greens group, said: œTo make a stable majority in this parliament, the Greens are now indispensable.

The rise of new parties appears to have smashed the duopoly of control of the parliament traditionally enjoyed by the center-right European People™s Party (EPP) and the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D).

Source : VOA

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