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  2. There’s a new generation of young voters who focus strongly on environmental and climate agendas. A lot of them probably switch to more conservative parties once they have family and careers but it’s going to be interesting to see if this new mindset will have some real political effect in the future.
  3. I jave a weird feeling about this elections now: the left could have won in madrid, and thanks to some politicians behaving as children, it hasn´t been possible.The PSOE and Más madrid have been the most voted political parties , but the right will govern thanks also to the far right.
  4. In Bulgaria, the biggest plus is that the EU sceptic parties are the losers: the Socialists which were against Istanbul convention, for "traditional morals" (anti-gay), expected by some agencies to win, lost to the ruling centre-right proEU party, part of ENP. Also the nationalists got under 7 percent of the vote. I expected they to win more, because in the later years the nationalist propaganda/antigay/antiEU in the media has increased immensely. Still I see the result as a strong pro EU vote, which is encouraging. However its horrible what happened in France. And UK? Really? Farage?
  5. EU elections: voters boost Greens and far right to leave centrist groups diminished Radical alternatives such as Greens and far right benefit from record voter turnout European elections 2019: live analysis and news EU election live results 2019: across Europe Daniel Boffey in Brussels and Philip Oltermann in Berlin Mon 27 May 2019 04.08 BSTFirst published on Sun 26 May 2019 21.31 BST Shares 117 Supporters of the French far-right National Rally party react after it was projected to win in France. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images The 40-year grip of the two main centrist political groups on the levers of power in Brussels looked set to be broken as voters in the European electionsturned out in record numbers to bolster radical alternatives including the Greens and the far right. A populist Eurosceptic surge failed to emerge on Sunday but they were on track to be returned to the European parliament in larger numbers than ever before, with Marine Le Pen’s National Rally celebrating a narrow symbolic victory over Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche in France. EU election results 2019: across Europe Read more There was also major success for the Greens across Europe, with the group jumping from 50 MEPs in 2014 to around 70, and almost doubling their result in Germany from the previous election to leapfrog the Social Democratic party (SPD) into second place with 22%, the exit polls suggested. As votes for the centre parties fall away, the results will trigger tortuous negotiations over the key jobs in the EU institutions, including Jean-Claude Juncker’s replacement as European commission president. The makeup of the parliament will be used by the 28 heads of state and government to guide their choice of replacement for Juncker and his counterpart in the European council, Donald Tusk. Advertisement The parliament will have a veto over any choice of commission president and on the whole of the new commission team. “I guess that some marginal parties will be less marginal tonight,” Juncker said as he cast his vote in Luxembourg where he was prime minister for 18 years. The estimated results based on exit polls leave the centre-right European People’s party as the largest in the parliament, but down from 221 seats to 179. The Socialists and Democrats group also appeared set to drop from 191 seats to 150, leaving the two main groups looking likely to need help from Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) with about 107 seats, bolstered by Macron’s En Marche, and the Greens to form a stable majority. The Europe of Nations and Freedom group, which combines populist and far-right parties in countries including France and Italy, looked set to secure 58 seats, up 18 from five years ago. The Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy, home of the Brexit party, increased its projected seats from 48 to 56. After polls suggested it would secure 27-31%, increasing its seats from 5 to 25, Italy’s far-right League, headed by deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, was vying with Nigel Farage’s new party as to which will be the biggest single party in the parliament. Speaking in Milan, Salvini said: “A new Europe is born. I am proud that the League is participating in this new European renaissance.” Manfred Weber, the EPP’s lead candidate for the commission presidency, said the EU was facing a “shrinking centre” but that he would not seek to build a majority in the parliament with the extreme right. “For the EPP today the feeling is not one of victory because we are losing seats,” he said. “We are happy to be the biggest group in the European parliament. That is what we are happy about that but we also see we lose seats.” Weber added that the Greens were “the winners” of the night and he would be open to holding talks with their leaders and the ALDE group over building a majority in the parliament to pass legislation and approve the commission team. FacebookTwitterPinterest The Greens’ Philippe Lamberts (left) and Ska Keller said they would use the party’s success to push for climate action. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/AP The Greens co-leader, the Belgian MEP Philippe Lamberts, said: “To make a stable majority in this parliament the Greens are now indispensable.” Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the Alliance for Liberals and Democrats for Europe party (ALDE), said: “For the first time in 40 years, the two classical parties, socialists and conservatives, will no longer have a majority. And that means that no solid pro-European majority is possible without the help, without the participation of our new centrist group.” Turnout across the EU27 member states was looking to have hit 50.5% – the highest since 1994 and breaking a four-decade downward trend. In 2014, 42.6% of the electorate took part. But the surprise rise in the number of voters going to the polls did not lead to success for the traditional parties in the major states. In Germany, both the large centrist parties had a sobering night, with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union dropping from 35.3% of the vote in 2014 to 28%, and the centre-left Social Democratic Union facing the worst European results in its history, down to 15.5% from 27.3% five years ago. The exit polls suggested the populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) was up marginally on a projected 10.5%. While staunchly pro-EU parties are still slated to win 493 of the 751 seats in parliament, Macron’s attempt to pitch himself as the saviour of the EU also looked to have backfired. Le Pen’s rebranded National Front party secured about 24% of the vote, compared with 22.5% for the French president’s En Marche. Macron had called the elections “the most important since 1979”, warning the EU was facing “an existential risk” from nationalists seeking to divide the bloc. Speaking as the exit polls emerged, the head of En Marche’s list of MEPs, Nathalie Loiseau, insisted the “fight isn’t over, we will continue the fight in the parliament”. With more than 98% of the vote counted, Spain’s ruling socialist party (PSOE) won an emphatic victory taking 20 seats and 32.8% of the vote less than a month after finishing first in the general election. The far-right Vox party, which picked up 24 seats in the general election, finished fifth with three seats and 6.2% of the vote. The Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras called for an early national election after the conservative New Democracy party secured 33.5% of the votes ahead of his Syriza party on 25%. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/26/european-elections-centrist-parties-projected-lose-grip-power
  6. So Trump is here in Japan... Going to sumo Playing golf Being on our TV screens 24-7
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  8. That sucks. Here in Germany, the Green Party is on the rise I‘m so happy! However, the situation in France is rather scary.....
  9. UK voting was three days ago although I appreciate the sentiment. Looking likely that the march towards right wing populism in parts of the country will continue with a big majority for the BREXIT party.
  10. It's a scandal, denying the right to vote to people who have every right to vote in local and European elections. May will be missed by very few morons people, in the end the country is rotting away with one PM worst than the previous one at each resigning, it's been like that for the past 10+ years - Raab, Gove, Leadson, Bozo Johnson... gosh what a cocktail of absolute degenerate bastards possible successors... YUK
  11. European Parliament Elections - let‘s Go!
  12. a lot of spanish people that live in other countries had problems in the last elections with the voting system. A friend of mine received for today´s election last election´s papers...it´s not only in the UK anyways, are we going to miss May? I´m scared we are
  13. more elections!!!! I only want to continue stopping ciudadans and Vox out of the Basque country!
  14. Last week
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    1. funkydita

      funkydita

      My God.  You’re ALIVE?  And there’s me thinking MY hiatus was an extended one.  Although I never really went anywhere, I just left the dance floor to sit at the bar, quietly judging the clientele from a distance.

  16. Yeah. Fuck her and her Tories scums, and I am throwing useless Labors too in the mix - they denied our very right to vote, CUNTS: Britain under Bozo's power will be even more laughable than Evil Theresa, a scary laughter, really throwing the country down the gutter.
  17. It's not. General election by the end of the year.
  18. As it emerges, thousand of people were denied the right to vote yesterday on the European elections, half as much as others did not receive their ballot paper to vote. People I am referring to are continental Europe citizens who pay their taxes living, working in the UK. Charming democratic island.
  19. Theresa ! You can cry as much as you want but you'll be remembered as one of the worst Prime Minister in UK history.
  20. I am happy that you are fucking banned. 

  21. It was also due to downright fake news: it was spread widely just before polling that Labor had a death/inheritance tax in the works. That swayed one person I know at least, despite being false. I also think that our preferential voting has the unintended consequence where people think they can vote Clive Palmer or Pauline Hanson as a protest of the government... and then still number the government higher than they do Labor, and blammo, government back in.
  22. Check your PM slutttt! :americanlife:

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