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Eurosceptic and far-right parties have seized ground in elections to the European parliament. The French National Front and UK Independence Party both performed strongly, while the three big centrist blocs in parliament all lost seats. The outcome means a greater say for those who want to cut back the EU’s powers, or abolish it completely. But EU supporters will be pleased that election turnout was slightly higher.

It was 43.1%, according to provisional European Parliament figures. That would be the first time turnout had not fallen since the previous election – but would only be an improvement of 0.1%.

Across the board, the centre-right European People’s Party was set to win 212 out of the 751 seats, with 28.23% across the bloc, according to estimated results issued by the European Parliament. That would make it the biggest group – but with more than 60 seats fewer than before.

Damit lag es vor der sozialistischen Gruppe mit 186 Sitzen (24.77%), den Liberalen mit 70 (9.32%) und den Grünen mit 55 (7.32%).

EVP-Chef Jean-Claude Juncker bestand darauf, dass die Mehrheit der Menschen dafür gestimmt habe, ein Teil Europas zu sein.

“The extreme right, contrary to what some of the media has said, did not win this election,” he said.

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“We will have a clear pro-European majority in this house,” added the man who is the front-runner to be the next president of the European Commission.

Die euroskeptische Gruppe "Europa der Freiheit und der Demokratie", der die britische Unabhängigkeitspartei (UKIP) angehörte, schien ungefähr die gleiche Anzahl von Sitzen zu haben wie beim letzten Mal.

Die Zahl der nicht angeschlossenen rechten Abgeordneten wird jedoch steigen und das euroskeptische Lager stärken.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage, commenting on his party’s success in Britain, said: “The inevitability of European integration ends tonight.”

Die Anti-Bailout-Fraktion der harten Linken im Parlament sollte große Gewinne erzielen, vor allem dank Syriza in Griechenland und United Left in Spanien, die etwa 12 Sitze erhielten.

Martin Schulz, the former Socialist president of the European Parliament, said of the FN victory: “It’s a bad day for the European Union, when a party with a racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic programme gets 25% of the vote.”

The election is the biggest exercise in multi-national democracy in the world. The vote will affect the lives of the EU’s 500 million citizens.

The parliament’s powers have expanded since the last election in 2009, and it is hoping to have a decisive say in who gets the EU’s top job, president of the European Commission.

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