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Right Parties Win in EU Elections: UK, France, Italy

Right Parties Win in EU Elections: UK, France, Italy

By    |   Sunday, 26 May 2019 11:18 PM

The right-wing parties in the European Union elections won in the U.K., France, and Italy as the nationalists who intend to chip away at E.U. power upped their share, The New York Times reported.

About one-quarter of the 751-seat EU will be controlled by populists, up from 20% a year ago, according to the report.

Among the most notable of the right-wing victories:

  • The National Rally party of Marine Le Pen in France, defeating Emmanuel Macron's En Marche 24-22.5%, according to reports: "A vote for France, and for the people," Le Pen said, per the Times.
  • Nigel Farage's Brexit Party, which wants the U.K. to leave the EU without a deal, was in first place, with 32% of the vote, according to Bloomberg.
  • Matteo Salvini, an anti-immigrant populist, saw his League come in first at 30%, per exit polls, AP reported.

The story in Germany was a bit different as the Greens did well, finishing second (20.5% of the vote) to Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Union bloc (28.9%), according to CNBC.

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