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Commenting article: Eurosceptics Gain Ground in European Parliament

Unlike Bulgaria, where the nationalist parties suffered a crushing defeat in the European elections, throughout the rest of the EU they are gaining ground. 

The French National Front and UK Independence Party both performed strongly, while the three big centrist blocs in parliament all lost seats.

This prompted French Prime Minister Manuel Valls to call the results “political earthquake”. 

The provisional results, based on exit polls show that Marine Le Pen's party, the National Front, wins the elections with 25% of the votes and will send 25 MPs to the European Parliament, which is a dramatic increase from the three seats they won in 2009. 

"The people have spoken loud and clear," Marine Le Pen told cheering supporters at the party headquarters in Paris, quoted by BBC. "They no longer want to be led by those outside our borders, by EU commissioners and technocrats who are unelected. They want to be protected from globalisation and take back the reins of their destiny."

In the UK, quite expectedly, the victory went to the eurosceptic anti-immigrant party UKIP, with 27.5% of the votes. “The inevitability of European integration ends tonight,” UKIP leader Nigel Farage said. He called the UKIP victory “an earthquake because never before in the history of British politics has a party seen to be an insurgent party ever topped the polls in a national election.” 

In Denmark The far-right Danish People's party (DPP) triumphed in the European elections, winning Denmark's biggest share of the vote. The DPP, which had campaigned to reclaim border controls and curb benefits to other EU citizens living in Denmark, won nearly 27% of the vote and doubled its number of MEPs from two to four.

In Germany the eurosceptics “Alternative for Germany” also gained some ground - won 7% of the votes and six seats in the European Parliament. 

According to preliminary reports, the Greek far-right party Golden Dawn won 10% of the votes and will most likely send two MEPs. 

In spite the gains of the eurosceptics, however, the three main pro-European parties – the European People's Party (EPP), the Party of the European Socialists (PES) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) – will keep their influence in the European Parliament. 

According to preliminary projections, the EPP will retain the majority in the 751-seat European Parliament with 211 seats, compared to 193 for the Socialists and  Democrats. Early projections showed that protest parties could win around 129 seats. 

The overall voter turnout across the EU was 43.1% - a little more than in the elections in 2009.

Gunnery Sergeant Hartman - 29 May 2014 // 12:57:40


What kind of totally ineducable moron would make a remark pointing to the thought that stealing 25% of donated money is acceptable because 75% MIGHT POSSIBLY go to where it's intended....That's bloody well excusing organised theft at which Bulgarians excel....still I suppose that kind of remark would only arise in Bulgaria...the very country where a top university degree would only gain entry to a class of 11 year-olds in another country.....Talk about a species that needs to evolve!

spags - 29 May 2014 // 00:58:28

je suis anglais - they gained ground across the country in the local election too!

je suis anglais - 29 May 2014 // 00:40:14

spags - i think you'll find this is the european elections, so only really do the UKIP policies on europe count for anything - only uneducated fucktards think that "oooh, those nasty racist voters" will vote the same party into running the entire country. It's a protest vote because the EU should be purely a free trade and free movement area, not some almight socialist free-for-all for the richer countries to support anybody who fancies a free house, and every eastern european politician who fancies filling their families pockets with ordinary hard-working peoples money.

Nico - 28 May 2014 // 16:49:49

I think that Bulgarian people did not have to pay for irresponsable corrupted people. Yes, enough is enough, but only a really short part of EU fund go to bulgaria. And if 1 euros in 4 is stolen, it means there are 3 euros who goes into usefull projects (like roads :)) ).

Fighting the corruption will be long and difficult, but it doesn't allow us to drop bulgaria. Unity is strength (" l'union fait la force " in french).

And what about the banks, speculators... How many money was waste because of them ?

Gunnery Sergeant Hartman - 28 May 2014 // 07:33:11

People in Britain are more racist than 20 years ago.That is a fact.We can't keep paying for other free loaders while our pensioners etc suffer.Enough is enough.
To those who think i'm talking crap, read this

The UK must stop giving money to the EU if it gives it to corrupt countries like Bulgaria.

As pensioners my wife and I are paying 250 leva a month more in tax than 2 years ago

Living in Bulgaria we see the corruption and EU statistics say that 1 euro in 4 given to Bulgaria is stolen


nicoidiot - 27 May 2014 // 18:34:03

moron you know european countries cannot pay their pensions and budgets AND take care of every third world idiot who wanst very think for free??duh?

spags - 27 May 2014 // 17:21:04

65% of the British public didn't actually vote which is nothing unusual for local and EU elections, this was a mistake that will be rectified at the next election.

The people who voted UKIP are low paid poorly educated people who have been brainwashed by right wing gutter press media, they haven't got a clue what UKIP's other policies are. They are voting for a party that wants to cut taxes for the rich and increase them for the poor, cut holiday pay, sick pay and maternity pay, make domestic violonce and marital rape legal... as you can see the very people who have voted for them are their victims but they're too stupid to know it!

Nico - 27 May 2014 // 16:11:40

To Anon : absolutely wrong. This is only propaganda to legitimise xenophobism. The same bullshits in France. Sorry...

Anon - 27 May 2014 // 13:46:11

UKIP are NOT anti immigrant. They are anti the incomers from all over the world who come to take the p1$$.
i.e. Roma who rob at cashpoints and claim child benefit although they have paid nothing into the social systems.
Women from Africa who travel to UK to have babies as they know they will be treated well and for free at the taxpayers expense. There are thousands of examples including children who cannot get into local schools as they are full of immigrant children and can not get any real education as the teachers spend half their time dealing with children who can not speak the language. The UK is full and wanting to have a say and control of how your own country is run does NOT make anyone anti immigrant just a realist who can see their country slipping into the mire with the EU unelected fools at the helm.

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