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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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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 During his two decades in the European Parliament that position has moved from the fringe to the heart of government policy.

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. Nicknamed "Mr Brexit" by his friend Donald Trump, veteran eurosceptic Nigel Farage, 55, has been.

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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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 European elections in May 2019 will have a direct impact on your life. They will decide how Europe will act in the coming years to address Every five years EU citizens choose who represents them in the European Parliament, the directly- elected institution that defends their interests in the

In the European Parliament, nine far-right parties have formed a new bloc, called Identity and Democracy (ID). Italy's Matteo Salvini - leader of the League - is a key figure in Europe 's nationalist scene, despite the collapse of his ruling coalition with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement in

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

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Here are five key figures whose actions could shape the outcome of the vote and its aftermath. The defence ministry has issued clear statements declaring itself to be a completely non-partisan actor in the polls but troubling events in recent months have raised concern.

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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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Historically, turnout for European parliamentary elections is low, and voters tend to use the five -year elections as a way to protest their national governments. Most voters cast ballots on national issues, for national parties, which then gather into political groupings in the European Parliament.

The 2014 European Parliament election in Ireland was the Irish component of the 2014 European Parliament election and was held on Friday, 23 May 2014, on the same day as the 2014 local elections and two by- elections (Dublin West and Longford–Westmeath).

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

After winning snap national elections at the end of April, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is the only social democrat in power in a major EU country and should emerge stronger from Sunday's European poll.

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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