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Elections 2019: first general trends

(B2) The appearance of the new European Parliament presents ever stronger nationalists, Greens in very good shape and a centrist group of Liberal Democrats which is settling into the role of arbiter of a new majority

Election night at the European Parliament, Sunday 26 May, B2/Hélène Court-Fortunaz.

The rise of the nationalist right makes the fall of the Christian Democratic right even harsher. On the left part of the hemicycle, the socialists also lost, but relatively less severely than expected. The radical left is not taking advantage of the Yellow Vest movement which moved to Brussels this Sunday.

NB. These figures are partly final results and exit estimates. They therefore remain to be confirmed by the official results. V3 Update Tuesday, May 28, 15:41 p.m.

First general trends

Voter turnout is higher than in the last elections, by 10 points on average. It is 50,95%. This marks a break and the reversal of a trend since 1979 when the participation rate, then 61,99%, has only decreased.

EPP Christian Democrats also losing ground, or even collapse as in France. In others, like Hungary, they remain very strong. But they no longer have, with the S&D group, an absolute majority within the assembly.

The Social Democrats cushion the fall. They retain second place as a group in the new hemicycle.

The Liberal Democrats are breaking through in France. The ALDE + Renaissance alliance as a new group was also made official this Sunday evening. With around a hundred deputies, he is in third place and can claim to be the majority maker.

The Greens are on the rise, starting with Germany where they reached a score of 22%. They return to Austria. And in Ireland where they made a surprise and dazzling breakthrough, at 15%. They are clearly in fourth place.

The nationalists impose themselves. They are climbing, even in Cyprus where it is still not enough to win a seat. They maintain first place in France. Even if it's not the big wave. The group settles down and prospers.

Conservatives – awaiting the British vote – do not seem to be failing that much.

The radical left save the furniture.

A very fragmented Parliament

Parliament screening, updated Tuesday, May 28, at 13:15 p.m.

The latest projection of the new Parliament with the results of 28 Member States confirms the push of the Greens, strong with 69 deputies. The ALDE+R group achieved its objective and exceeded 107 (177). It is in third position behind the EPP, which remains first with 44 deputies but loses 2014 compared to 149, still followed by the S&D group, second with 42 deputies which loses XNUMX elected.

Three other groups are neck and neck: the conservatives (62 deputies) who lose third place at the same time as 8 seats, the nationalist right ENL (54 deputies) and the EFDD (54 deputies) *. The radical left group falls to penultimate place, with 39 deputies (drop of thirteen), ahead of the Others (28) who will be placed in the different groups and the 8 not registered.

(Emmanuelle Stoesser)

(*) Attention ! These figures should be taken with a pinch of salt. Unless specifically declared, parties are reclassified in the groups to which they belonged in the former Parliament. These figures could therefore change. Read also: results country by country

Emmanuelle Stroesser

A journalist for magazines and the press, Emmanuelle specializes in humanitarian issues, development, asylum and migration and human rights.