European Parliament elections – the future of the European Union in the balance

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — European voters cast their ballots on Sunday in an election that is expected to shake the profile of traditional pro-EU parties and back the national trend in the European Parliament, which could curb joint action in economic and foreign policies.

Voting stations opened at 7 am (0400 GMT) in the East and closed at 11 pm (2100 GMT) in Italy. The elections have already been held in seven countries and are held on Sunday in 21 countries and represents the largest exercise of democracy in the world after India.

Opinion polls lead the right-wing populist movement in two of the four largest members of the bloc – Italy and Britain, which are supposed to break away from the EU – and this is likely to bring victory in a third country, France, to derail the pro-union propaganda campaign of moderate President Emmanuel Macron.

But voters’ polls after voting in some of the countries where elections were held allowed pro-union parties a measure of satisfaction. The Dutch Labor Party, which was unlikely to win, appears to be in first place due to factors including the participation of the EU’s main Socialist candidate, Franz Timmermans, the current deputy chief executive.

In the Netherlands, the pro-Union parties got 70 percent of the vote, an increase of three points from the previous European Parliament elections in 2014 the new Terry Bodit party, the anti-immigrant to occupy the fourth place with 11 percent.

Dutch voters also participated in greater numbers despite the fact that turnout was only 41 percent, which boosts hopes in Brussels a shift in the trend of dwindling turnout in the prevailing 40 years ago, the election and described by critics as a “democratic deficit” weakens the legitimacy of the legislative process in the European Union.

A poll of voters at exit polls on Wednesday in pro-EU Ireland indicated an expected rise in vegetables. Concerns across the EU about climate change and the environment may support the pro-union Green Community and may mean tightening regulations in the industry and conditions that the EU may impose on its partners seeking to sign trade agreements.

Elections were also held on Thursday in Britain, and pre-poll polls suggest a new party focused on exit from the European Union will top its results but there is no data available on voters’ polls as they exit polling stations.

Attention in Britain focused on the resignation of Prime Minister Theresa May. The results will be announced late on Sunday after the end of voting in all EU countries.

– Ambiguity wraps track –

One of the challenges facing the European project is unprecedented insults from the president of the United States, who celebrates the people in Europe, as well as border disputes between member states over immigrants and the economy that is burdened with public debt.

However, the elections are expected to dominate parties seeking collective action or common issues such as trade, security, migration and climate change, although most are expected to be generally smaller.

The Europeans are preparing to celebrate the events of the Union. It has been 75 years since US forces took over in France to defeat Nazi Germany and since Russian forces allowed the Germans to crush a Polish attempt to secure freedom as well as 30 years since the Germans demolished the Berlin Wall to reunite Europe in the East and West. But memories of the war, hot and cold, did not cease to crystallize faith in a unified future.

Mainstream parties advocating closer economic integration in the euro zone are having difficulties in garnering electorate electrified by political elites.

The party of Prime Minister Matteo Salvini party in Italy may outweigh the Christian Democrats led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, becoming the single largest party in the 751-member European Parliament.

The ruling right-wing parties in Poland and Hungary, which defies Brussels on restrictions on judicial and media independence, will also return the skeptics to the European Parliament on Sunday.

The results are expected on Sunday evening.

The announcement of the results begins weeks of bargaining between the parties to form a stable majority in parliament and leaders at the state level to choose successor to Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission and senior officials of the Union.

Many expect a clash on Tuesday as leaders gathered in Brussels are likely to ignore demands by the European Parliament that the commission run one of the new parliamentarians.


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