The composition of the European Parliament for the next five-year term (2019-2024) is being defined at all-European elections that are taking place across member states of the bloc. The voting that started on 23 May in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands will end on 26 May with votes in 21 EU countries.
A total of 751 MEPs will be elected to the bloc’s parliament. The number of seats every EU country gets in the joint parliament is defined proportionately by its population. For example, the EU’s most-populated nation, Germany, has 96 seats, while Cyprus, Malta and Luxembourg have 6 each. In some states EP voting is held along with local elections.
Tunisia's Ministry of Religious Affairs recently suspended nearly 70 Muslim religious officials from holding Friday prayers for “moving away from political neutrality during the pre-election period”. The Tunisian authorities decided to crack down on the instrumentalisation of religion, ahead of the general elections which will be held this autumn.
On May 23-26, the elections to the 751-seat EU Parliament were held across the bloc's member states. According to the polls, League, the right-wing anti-immigrant party headed by Salvini, is projected to come first and get 26 seats in the European Parliament, a sharp spike from the current six.
Joachim Paul, a member of the Rhineland-Palatinate parliament and deputy AfD leader in Rhineland-Palatinate, spoke about the results of the EU Parliament elections, which showed a surge for right-wing and green parties amid a high voter turnout.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Brexit Party is currently in the process of selecting candidates for seats in the European Parliament after the party’s victory at the European elections, as well as setting out a mandate for the next general election in the United Kingdom, Richard Wood, the party’s member, said on Monday.
This month's EU parliamentary elections were characterised by significant gains for Europe's right-wing parties, as the two centrist parties that had dominated the EU for decades ceded their overwhelming majority in the legislature.
The European Parliament is expected to give a first update on the projected results of the European Parliament elections in Brussels. The results will be updated until all Member States finish voting and the final results have been posted by each EU nation’s election authorities.
LONDON (Sputnik) - The UK Brexit Party, led by former head of the right-wing UK Independent Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, is leading in the UK European Parliament elections, according to preliminary results.
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.
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.
The political battle for EU parliament seats is over with the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) group celebrating victory. Another key trend is the rise of the right-wing ENF (Europe of Nations and Freedom), which doubled in size and won domestically across the EU.
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.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday he would call for snap general elections in the country after 2 June, Reuters and AFP reported.
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.
Live from Brussels as the 2019 European Parliament elections reach their culmination with the final proceedings after the polls close, the arrivals of leaders, projections, result announcements and political party reactions.
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%.
On Thursday, European parliamentary elections commenced in some European states, and on Sunday, the final day of voting across the EU, remaining countries are heading to the polls.
Spain is due to hold its European Parliament vote on 26 May. However, Spaniards do not look much interested in the upcoming event. Spanish academics Santiago Nino Becerra and Carlos Vidal Prado have explained the phenomenon, emphasising the importance of the EU elections for Spain and Europe in general.
The European Union is in the final stage of a four-day election marathon being held on 23-26 May. Belgian voters are preparing to cast their ballots on Sunday in the EU Parliamentary, federal and regional elections.
On 26 May, Poland will elect 52 MEPs out of the 705 that make up the EU Parliament. The latest public opinion polls suggest that the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) is still in the lead, although the European Coalition political alliance has narrowed its gap to Yaroslav Kaczynski’s party.