Early Results Show Far-Right Faring Poorly in European Parliament Voting
Millions of Europeans are set to choose new members of the European Parliament, as early results show that far-right political parties are not faring as well as some observers had predicted, RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty reported.
Voting for the continental legislature started earlier in the week, with Britain and the Netherlands, and voters in Ireland and the Czech Republic cast ballots on Friday
Three more European Union members vote today – Latvia, Malta, and Slovakia – with the remaining nations going to the polls on Sunday.
An exit poll in the Netherlands showed voters there had supported parties that were committed to the EU. A similar result was forecast in Ireland, with an exit poll suggesting that Prime Minister Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael party was in the lead.
In Germany, pre-election polls put Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats in first place, followed by the Greens. Merkel’s party is a dominant force in an EU-wide political bloc known as the EPP group.
More than 400 million people in all were eligible to elect the 751 members of the European Parliament.
First official results are expected to be announced late on Sunday once voting in all 28 member states has been completed.