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A QUARTER of all incoming MEPs to be anti-Brussels


Brexit might have already happened, but it's interesting news coming out of Europe with the results of the European Parliament elections over the weekend, and the so-called right are now set to hold almost a quarter of the seats in the European Parliament.

In a blow for French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Olaf Scholz, the results are expected to help shift the European parliament towards a more anti-immigration and anti-green stance.

President Macron shocked France calling a snap election for the National Assembly after exit polls gave Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National more than double the vote share of Macron’s centrist alliance.

Germany's Alternative for Germany (AfD) shrugged off a string of scandals to take second place, making gains in particular among the young, while Chancellor Scholz's Social Democrats scored their worst result ever.

While the centre, liberal and Socialist parties were set to retain a majority in the 720-seat parliament, the vote raised questions about how the European Union's major powers can drive policy in the bloc.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced his resignation after the defeat of his Flemish Liberals and Democrats party (Open VLD).

The exit poll projected that pro-European centre-right, centre-left, liberal and Green parties will retain a majority of 460 seats, but one which is slimmed down compared to their 488 in the outgoing chamber of 705 deputies.

Europe's Green parties in particular suffered heavy losses, subsiding to 53 deputies from 71 in the outgoing parliament.

In Austria, the count of votes cast in polling stations plus a projection for postal ballots confirmed Freedom Party won but by a smaller margin than had been forecast, national broadcaster ORF said.

Estimates in the Netherlands based on most of the votes counted confirmed exit polls that showed a Labour/GreenLeft combination was set to have won eight seats, slightly ahead of the anti-immigration party of Geert Wilders' six seats.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk's centrist Civic Coalition (KO) was set to win the vote, taking a step towards establishing itself as the dominant force in the country after a campaign dominated by security concerns.

In Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's nationalist Fidesz party came first but posted its worst result in a national or EU election in nearly two decades, as support surged for the pro-European Tisza party, which is led by political newcomer Peter Magyar.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy group won the most votes in the European parliamentary election.

Spain's centre-right People's Party (PP) came out on top in the European election, garnering 22 seats out of the 61 allocated to the country, and dealing a blow to the Socialist-led government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

Progressive Slovakia, a liberal, pro-Western opposition party in Slovakia, beat the SMER-SD, the largest party in the leftist-nationalist government led by Prime Minister Robert Fico, who survived an assassination attempt last month.

In the Czech Republic, the populist opposition ANO beat the centre-right Spolu group, which leads the government.

The ruling coalition of leftist Social Democrats (PSD) and centre-right Liberals (PNL) in Romania won 54 per cent of votes in which they ran on joint lists, an exit poll showed.

Exit polls had AUR, a hard-right group that was founded five years ago and which opposes migration and military aid for Ukraine, ranked second in European polls, with 14 per cent of votes.

The early results suggest current European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is likely, but not certain, to retain her position.

In 2019, she was elected with votes from the EPP, the S&D and Renew Europe. The same coalition could theoretically provide her with another majority.