Centrist bloc to lose majority in EU vote as Greens and euroskeptics gain, early results show Published Moments Ago Matt Clinch @mattclinch81 Key Points The European parliamentary election is the second-largest democratic exercise in the world, with citizens across 28 nations voting for their new representatives. This year’s vote was particularly relevant due to the surge of anti-EU and nationalist parties across the region. Thomas Trutschel | Photothek | Getty Images The EU Parliament will be much more fragmented over the next five years with the established centrist bloc failing to gain a majority at this week’s election, early election results and projections show. The early results suggested a strong showing for Liberal and Green parties, with euroskeptic groups in France and the U.K. holding the gains they saw five years ago.
Italy’s anti-immigration Lega party was also expected to make large gains, according to exit polls. The European parliamentary election is the second-largest democratic exercise in the world, with citizens across 28 nations voting for their new representatives. One of its biggest challenges is voter turnout, however, early indications show turnout at this election has risen for the first time 40 years. Projections, before the polls opened on Thursday, suggested that these parties could get nearly 30% of seats at the European Parliament. At the same time, the traditional mainstream majority between the Socialists and the Conservatives, which has led Europe over the last few decades, was expected to come to an end. This is a breaking news story, please check back later for more.
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