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WorldFive key figures in the European elections

02:25  23 may  2019
02:25  23 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Map of Europe with the dates of the European Parliament elections in May 2019 (AFP Photo/Juliette VILROBE). Brussels (AFP) - As the clock counts down to the European Parliament elections that start Thursday, here are five key figures in the battle, from arch-eurosceptic Nigel Farage to French

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Five key figures in the European elections© Juliette VILROBE Map of Europe with the dates of the European Parliament elections in May 2019

As the clock counts down to the European Parliament elections that start Thursday, here are five key figures in the battle, from arch-eurosceptic Nigel Farage to French President Emmanuel Macron.

Five key figures in the European elections© Tolga Akmen Nicknamed "Mr Brexit", veteran eurosceptic Nigel Farage (pictured May 21, 2019) has been an MEP since 1999

Farage, veteran eurosceptic

Nicknamed "Mr Brexit" by his friend Donald Trump, veteran eurosceptic Nigel Farage, 55, has been an MEP since 1999, first for the UK Independence Party (UKIP), then as an independent and latterly for his new Brexit Party.

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In the first election to the European Parliament in 1979, 62 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot in what were then nine member states. Britain took part in the EU elections despite still being scheduled to leave the bloc by October 31 amid the crisis and confusion over its delayed exit.

The centre-right European People’s party (EPP) and centre-left Socialists and Democrats (S&D) lost their combined majority for the first time in a It was a good night for the Greens across Europe . They came second in Germany, third in France and overtook Conservatives in the UK finishing fourth

Farage was for many years at the vanguard of the campaign for Britain to leave the EU. During his two decades in the European Parliament that position has moved from the fringe to the heart of government policy.

He left UKIP and founded the Brexit Party in protest at the government's failure to deliver Brexit. Now, despite the fact it only came into being in January, the party is way ahead in opinion polls, on course to win more European seats than any other party in the UK.

Such a result would be yet another slap in the face for the two main British parties, Conservative and Labour, from a man they have struggled to contain or counter.

Five key figures in the European elections© Miguel MEDINA Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini (pictured May 20, 2019) aims to unite a nationalist group in the European Parliament alongside Marine Le Pen

Salvini, Italian populist

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The populist strongman of the Italian government deputy PM Matteo Salvini aims to unite a nationalist group in the European Parliament with his French "friend" Marine Le Pen.

The 46-year-old Milanese entered the European Parliament in 2004 and left in 2018 after coming to power in Italy.

His populist government angered most of its European partners by closing its ports to refugee arrivals. And it locked horns with the European Commission over a national budget that broke EU rules, before eventually reaching a compromise.

Equipped with a strong team of young social media specialists, Salvini's party is predicted to get around 30 percent of votes in Italy.

Five key figures in the European elections© Tobias SCHWARZ Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (pictured May 18, 2019) does not want to leave the EU, which pays Hungary substantial sums in structural funds

Orban's populist wave

With poll ratings of 57 percent for his party Fidesz, Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister since 2010, is about to strengthen his grip on his country and his status as a key figure of the European far right.

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Suspended by the centre-right European People's Party grouping because of his attacks on Brussels, Orban does not want to leave the EU, which pays Hungary substantial sums in structural funds.

Instead he intends to try to reconstruct the European right, boosting contacts with Salvini, Austria's Freedom Party and the PiS of Poland.

Five key figures in the European elections© ludovic MARIN French President Emmanuel Macron (pictured May 20, 2019) hopes to reshuffle the centrists at the European Parliament, calling for "building a great coalition of progressives"

Europe's defender Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron came to power in 2017 on a pro-European platform and has consistently called for a "revival of Europe", positioning himself as the number one opponent of the populists.

In France, his La Republique En Marche (LREM) party is neck and neck with Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally (RN).

Macron hopes to reshuffle the centrists at the European Parliament, calling for "building a great coalition of progressives" against "those who want to destroy Europe through nationalism".

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Key Points. This year's vote was particularly relevant due to the surge of anti-EU and nationalist parties across The European parliamentary election is the second-largest democratic exercise in the world, with The EU Parliament will be much more fragmented over the next five years with the established

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His party is expected to join forces with the Liberal ALDE group to play a pivotal role in the parliament and in the job sharing of the European institutions.

Macron wants a common eurozone budget and a European finance minister and less dependence on the United States for defence and is in favour of a strong and coherent "European identity".

Five key figures in the European elections© GABRIEL BOUYS Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (pictured May 7, 2019) is the only social democrat in power in a major EU country

Sanchez, the socialist hope

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His PSOE party is predicted to get around 30 percent of the vote and wants to take the opportunity to increase Madrid's influence on the EU stage, particularly after Britain quits the bloc, leaving Spain as its fourth largest economy.

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