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    LIVE UPDATES: EU Citizens Vote on Final Day of European Parliament Elections

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    European Parliament elections kicked off on Thursday all over the European Union.

    The UK, after extended its Brexit deadline for six months, participated in the vote as well as citizens in the Netherlands on Thursday. On Friday, voters from the Czech Republic and Ireland cast ballots for EU parliamentarians. Slovakia, Latvia, and Malta held their vote on Saturday.

    On Sunday, the final day of the European Parliament elections, the bulk of the voting takes place, with all the remaining EU countries heading to the polls.

    EU voters will vote from Thursday to Sunday to elect members of European Parliament. According to EU parliament data, more than 426 million European citizens are eligible to vote. Each country sets its own election day.

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    The new members of the 751-member European Parliament will serve a five-year term, from 2019 to 2024, and spend their time between two EU Parliament buildings, in Strasbourg and Brussels.

    The parliament passes EU laws (directives and regulations) and approves the EU budget, along with the European Council, which comprises the heads of state of each country. The European Parliament also helps to choose the president of the European Commission and select EU civil servants.

    The largest political grouping after the elections has the strongest mandate to have its choice candidate at the helm of the European Commission.

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    Migration reportedly remains a crucial issue, with a number of parties well-known for their tough stances on migration policy competing for EU Parliament seats.

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    • 08:09

      Slovakia's Liberal Coalition Wins 4 Seats in European Parliament Elections with 20.1%

      Slovakia's liberal Progressive Slovakia-Together coalition, led by recently elected President Zuzana Caputova, won the European Parliament elections with 20.1 percent of the vote, receiving four seats in the legislature, Slovakia's Statistical Office said.

      In second place was the social-democratic SMER party with 15.7 percent of the vote, winning three seats in the European Parliament. It was followed by the far-right People's Party with 12.1 percent of the vote, winning two seats.

    • 06:40

      Finland National Coalition Party Secures 3 Seats in EU Parliament - Officials

      Finland

      Finland National Coalition Party Secures 3 Seats in EU Parliament - Officials

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Finland's conservative National Coalition Party won the European Parliament elections with 20.8 percent of the vote, securing three seats in the European legislature, Finland's Ministry of Justice said.
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    • 06:31

      Czech PM's ANO Party Gains 6 Seats in EU Parliament - Statistics Office

      Flags outside the building of the European Parliament in Strasbourg

      Czech PM's ANO Party Gains 6 Seats in EU Parliament - Statistics Office

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Czech Republic's ruling centrist ANO party, led by Prime Minister Andrej Babis, won the European Parliament elections with 21.18 percent, increasing its seats in the legislature from four to six, the Czech Statistical office said.
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    • 00:39

      Kurz's Party Winning in EU Vote With Record-Breaking Results - Exit Polls

      The Austrian People's Party (APP) led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is leading in the country’s European Parliament elections with 35.4 percent of votes, a record for the party for these elections, preliminary results showed, as cited by Austrian Interior Minister Eckart Ratz. According to the preliminary results, Kurz's party will receive seven seats in the European Parliament.

      The Social Democratic Party of Austria is coming second with 23.6 percent, which will guarantee the party five seats in the European Parliament, while the Austria's Freedom Party, which has been in recent weeks embroiled in a political scandal, received 18.1 percent of the vote, giving it three seats in the EU parliament.

      Kurz's coalition with the Freedom Party (FPO) collapsed after a video sting forced FPO leader and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache to step down last weekend.

      Meanwhile, Austria's opposition Social Democrats will submit a parliamentary motion of no-confidence on Monday against Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his government, the party's leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner told broadcaster ORF on Sunday, cited byur Reuters. Rendi-Wagner was speaking after a meeting of her party's leadership, which decided in favour of the motion and would recommend that its lawmakers express no confidence in the government, Rendi-Wagner said, according to Reuters.

    • 01:04

      Le Pen Calls for Dissolving Parliament as Exit Poll Shows RN Winning France's EU Elections

      Marine Le Pen

      Le Pen Calls for Dissolving Parliament as Her Party Wins France's EU Vote

      PARIS (Sputnik) - Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's right-wing National Rally (RN) party, has called for dissolving the lower house after an exit poll showed that her party is on track to win the country’s European Parliament elections.
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    • 00:32

      Sweden's Ruling Social Democrats Lead EU Elections with 25.1 Percent of Vote

      Sweden's ruling Social Democrats party is leading in the European parliamentary elections with 25.1 percent of the vote, preliminary exit polls conducted by Swedish SVT broadcaster showed Sunday.

      According to the poll, Sweden's conservative Moderate Party is at second place with 17.6 percent of the vote and the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party is not far behind with 16.9 percent of the vote.

      If the poll holds, the Social Democrats will keep five seats in the European Parliament, the Moderates will win four seats and the Sweden Democrats will grow from two to three seats.

    • 00:31

      French Prime Minister Accepts European Elections Polls With 'Humility'

      French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Sunday that he accepted the European Parliament election polls with "humility," according to which the National Rally (RN) party was projected to win the vote. "For my part, I welcome these results with humility. When you finish second you can't say you won", the minister said.

      According to the ELABE exit poll, the RN party led by Marine Le Pen is leading in the Sunday election with 23.3 percent of votes. The party of French President Emmanuel Macron's La Republique En Marche! (LREM) shows the second result with 22.1 percent of the vote.

    • 00:30

      Brexit Party on Course for Big EU Election Win - Farage

      Britain's Brexit Party is on course for a big win in the country's European Parliament elections, leader Nigel Farage said on Sunday ahead of the release of official results, according to Reuters.

      "The intelligence I get is that the Brexit party is doing pretty well... It looks like it's going to be a big win for the Brexit Party", Farage said, cited by Reuters.

    • 00:24

      Liberal Coalition Progressive Slovakia/Together Wins EU Vote in Slovakia

      Liberal, pro-European coalition Progressive Slovakia/Together won the EU election in Slovakia with 20.1 percent of the vote, followed by the ruling leftist Smer party at 15.7 percent, official results showed Sunday.

    • 00:17

      Spain's Ruling Socialists Winning EU Polls - Report

      With more than 85 percent of votes counted, government spokeswoman Isabel Celaa announced the Socialist Party had come first with close to 33 percent, followed by the conservative Popular Party which won just over 20 percent, according to Reuters report.

    • 00:11

      Nigel Farage's Brexit Party Leading in Britain's EU Election - Report

      The first results, from Leeds, showed the Brexit Party on 29%, Labour on 20%, the Liberal Democrats on 18%, the Greens on 16% and the Conservatives on 7%. Turnout was 34 percent in Leeds, Reuters reported.

    • 00:11

      Matteo Salvini's League is a Leading Italian Party in European Election - Report

      The League won between 27% and 31% of the vote, up from 6.2% five years ago, accordnig to Reuters.

    • 00:07

      Tsipras Calls for Snap General Elections in Greece - Reports

      Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delivers a speech marking one year since he was first elected to power in Athens, Greece, January 24, 2016.

      Tsipras Calls for Snap General Elections in Greece - Reports

      Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday he would call for snap general elections in the country after 2 June, Reuters and AFP reported.
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    • 23:40

      Greek PM Tsipras Likely to Call Snap General Election - Report

      Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is likely to call snap elections in June, Reuters reported citing a source from the Syriza party. 

      Syriza, in power since 2015, suffered a heavy defeat on Sunday in elections for new delegates to the European Parliament, trailing behind the main opposition New Democracy party by about nine points, Reuters report says.

    • 22:56

      Poland's Ruling Law and Justice Party Ahead in EU Vote - Reports

      People are seen inside voting booths as they prepare to cast their votes during Belgian general and regional elections and for the European Parliament Elections in Deurne

      Poland's Ruling Law and Justice Party Ahead in EU Vote - Reports

      Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party came ahead in Sunday's European Parliament elections, with 42.4 percent of the vote, according to an exit poll cited by Reuters.
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    • 21:11

      Merkel's Ruling Alliance Sustains Heavy Losses in European Elections in Germany - Exit Polls

      BERLIN (Sputnik) - The political alliance of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party the CSU is leading the European Parliament elections in Germany but sustained heavy losses, exit polls show.

      Initial official projections, released by Welt news channel indicate that the CDU/CSU alliance has come out ahead with only 28.1 percent. The alliance suffered a dip in public support of at least 7.2 points.

      The CDU/CSU seems to be going through tough times. In 2018 it suffered a setback during regional elections, forcing Merkel to step down as the leader of the CDU party. She also announced that she would step down as chancellor in 2021.

      The Greens made the largest jump and are currently on the second place with 20.9 percent of the vote. The party gained 10.2 points.

    • 21:09

      European Parliament Estimates Voter Turnout at 52%, Up From 42% in 2014

    • 21:05

      Marine Le Pen’s National Rally Surpasses Macron’s La République En Marche! In French Election – Exit Polls

    • 19:47

      Germany's Social Democrats Fail to Secure Most Votes in Over 70 Years, Get Less Than 25% of Support in Bremen

      The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) gained 24.5% of the vote in Bremen, meanwhile, Merkel's CDU came first in Bremen with 25.5% of the vote, according to an exit poll on ARD television.

    • 18:17

      Austrian Chancellor's Party Substantially Outperforms Rivals in EU Election - Polls-Based Forecast

      Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's conservative People's Party is leading in the state's European election on Sunday, according to polls-based projection conducted by pollsters SORA and ARGE Wahlen. 

      This comes on the verge of a no-confidence motion against Kurz in parliament.

    • 15:38

      Italy Deputy PM Matteo Salvini Casts Ballot in EP Vote (VIDEO)

      Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the League Party, Matteo Salvini

      Italy Deputy PM Matteo Salvini Casts Ballot in EP Vote (VIDEO)

      Italians headed to polling stations on Sunday to cast their ballots on the final day of the 2019 European Parliament vote which kicked off on Thursday. Italy is electing the 9th Italian delegation to the European Parliament as part of the European elections held across the bloc.
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    • 14:51

      Only 23.91% of Eligible Romanians Voted in the European Parliamentary Elections

    • 14:19

      Belgians are Voting for Local, Federal, EU Parliament Candidates

      Polling stations across Belgium are open on Sunday, as voters are picking candidates in regional, federal and EU Parliament elections. Voting is compulsory in the country and the turnout usually exceeds 90%.

      Belgians are Voting for Local, Federal, EU Parliament Candidates

      Polling stations across Belgium are open on Sunday, as voters are picking candidates in regional, federal and EU Parliament elections. Voting is compulsory in the country and the turnout usually exceeds 90%.
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    • 13:40

      Greece's New Democracy Party Leads Polls With 27.5%; Syriza Has 23% - Exit Poll

      Greek New Democracy opposition party is leading in elections to the European Parliament in Greece on Sunday with 27.5 percent of votes, while ruling Syriza is currently standing second with 23 percent, the results of the first exit polls, obtained by Sputnik, showed.

      "These are the first exit polls as of 12:00 p.m. [local time, 09:00 GMT] from all pollsters. There will be two more polls. The data will be changing," the source who provided the results of the exit polls said.

      According to the results, political alliance Movement for Change KINAL is trailing third with just 7.5 percent of votes, followed by Popular Association – Golden Dawn nationalist party.

      The source said that it was to early to draw any conclusions from those preliminary results.

      "At the moment, we can say that the gap between the New Democracy and Syriza is around five percentage points. Many [people] are voting for small parties," the source added.

      Polls taken before the vote projected New Democracy's victory over the ruling party by a 7-8 percent margin.

    • 13:35

      European Elections Turnout in France Nearly 20% by Noon, Up From 16% in 2014 - Interior Ministry

    • 10:38

      Belgians Voting on Sunday in Elections of 6 Parliaments

      The citizens of Belgium vote on Sunday in elections to six parliaments of different levels, including the European Parliament.

      The polling places opened at 8 a.m. local time (06.00 GMT). While in a number of EU countries, only the European parliamentary election is held today, 8 million Belgian voters will have a triple plebiscite — federal, regional and European.

      In total, the Belgians will directly elect 484 members of six parliaments — the lower house of the federal parliament, the parliaments of Wallonia, Brussels, the German-speaking Community and Flemish Region, as well as the European Parliament.

      While in the south of the country the vote will be conducted with traditional ballots, the residents of Brussels and the German-speaking Community will vote in electronic form. In Flanders, voting will be held electronically in 157 municipalities and with ballots in 143 others.

      Polling places, where the voting is conducted with ballots, will close at 2 p.m. local time. The rest will work until 4 p.m.

    • 09:13

      Polls Open in Belgium

    • 09:06

      Polling Stations Open in France and Germany for European Parliamentary Elections

    • 08:11

      Greece's Citizens Actively Vote in European Parliament Elections

      In Greece, polling stations were opened for European Parliamentary elections; voters also chose their regional and municipal authorities.

      Voter turnout has been active -lines have formed at the polling stations, as people constantly arrive.

      From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (04.00-16.00 GMT), more than 39,000 polling places are open across Greece. The Greeks will elect 21 members of the European Parliament, heads of 13 regions and 332 municipalities, 703 regional councilors and almost 10,000 municipal councilors.

      The European parliamentarians are elected for five years, local authorities for four years. Forty parties and electoral blocs have been admitted to the elections, but the main competitors are the ruling SYRIZA party (the Coalition of Radical Left) led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the conservative New Democracy led by Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

      There are 1,200 candidates for the country's 21 seats in the European Parliament, or 57 people per seat.

      There are almost 7,700 candidates on the lists of regional councilors elections, and 69,800 for municipal councilors.

      The first election results are expected after 9 p.m. local time.

      The elections in Greece are direct, universal and secret. This year, 17-year-old citizens got the right to vote for the first time. People from age 25 may run in the election. Voting in Greece is mandatory, but those age 70 or older are exempt from it. According to voters, it is quite difficult for them to sort out the ballots, since they receive three packs of ballots, 40 ballots for the EU election, and 11 for each in the local ones.

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