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During the European Parliament elections, one of the largest democratic events in the world, 28 countries and almost 400 million citizens are being called to decide who they want to represent them in the European parliament for the next five years. The people have spoken, and politicians must listen.


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First analyzes election, it seems that the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats EEP) scored 212 seats, while the group of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) keeps the second place with 187 seats, followed by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe represented by Guy Verhofstadt, 72 seats, the Greens/Europeans Free Alliance and by the European Conservatives and Reformists. The match between the leaders of the first two parties, the luxembourgish politician Jean-Claude Junker (EPP) and the german leader of S&D Martin Schulze, seems to declare victory for Junker, despite the increased success of Schulze.

topcandidates-partycolours-300x187Once the next president of the European Commission is chosen, the newly elected members of parliament will be able to get to work. The first plenary session in Strasbourg won’t take place until early July, when they’ll vote for the next president of the European Commission.

Exit polls across the European Union show surprisingly strong wins for so-called ‘Eurosceptics’ on the far right and far left in European Parliament elections. The results show that the continuity of the EU will be increasingly challenged by nationalisms based on the perception that the transfer of power from nations to a European center involves more disadvantages than advantages. In countries such as Greece, France, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Bulgaria has grown considerably the spirit of no confidence in European institutions, in view of the protection of the particularities of each State member. It is estimated that the representatives of this Eurosceptic movement will gain more than 130 out of 751 parliamentary seats.

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Claudio SANNA

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