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15:55  26 may  2019
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Voters will elect the 751 members of the European Parliament to five-year terms, with the number of seats for each nation determined primarily by its population. How is rising nationalism affecting the elections ? While pro- Europe parties have long dominated the Parliament , a nationalist and populist

With European elections weeks away, nationalist and far-right parties across Europe are sensing A boom in voter support has led to the far right sharing power in Austria and the nationalist League As interior minister, Mr Salvini spearheaded the new government' s anti-immigration stance, turning

Europe's voters elect new parliament as nationalism mounts© The Associated Press A woman with a tradtional hat casts her vote for the European elections in the black forest city of Gutach, southern Germany, Sunday, May 26, 2019. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)

BRUSSELS — Across the continent of Europe, anti-EU populists and proponents of closer unity made a final push for support Sunday as 21 nations went to the polls in up a continent-wide battle for influence at the European Parliament.

Right-wing nationalists who want to slash immigration into Europe and return power to national governments are expected to make gains, though mainstream parties are tipped to hold onto power in the 751-seat legislature that sits in both Brussels and Strasbourg.

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The election to the European Parliament is being held between 23 and 26 May 2019 and is the ninth parliamentary election since the first direct elections in 1979.

The United Kingdom' s component of the 2019 European Parliament election was held on Thursday 23 May 2019 and the results are to be announced on Sunday 26 May 2019 when all the other EU

The election began on Thursday, but most of the EU's 28 member states, including the biggest of all, Germany and France, are voting on Sunday, and the results are expected overnight.

"I don't want to see a right-populist Europe (that) wants to destroy the idea of togetherness," said Manfred Weber, the lead candidate of the Christian Democrat center-right EPP group, currently the biggest in the legislature.

Leading the challenge to the established order is Italy's hard-line interior minister, Matteo Salvini, head of the League party, who is assembling a group of like-minded parties from across Europe.

"We need to do everything that is right to free this country, this continent, from the illegal occupation organized by Brussels," Salvini told a rally in Milan last weekend that was attended by the leaders of 11 nationalist parties.

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Democratic World Parliament . through a global referendum. Nationalism vs Globalism TED Dialogue. Progress so far. The “YES” side is winning strongly. The organization sponsoring the global referendum is Vote World Parliament , registered as a non-profit in Quebec, Canada

The European Parliament is an important forum for political debate and decision-making at the EU level. The Members of the European Parliament are directly elected by voters in all Member States to represent people’ s interests with regard to EU law-making and to make sure other EU institutions are

As he voted in Budapest on Sunday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he hopes the election will bring a shift toward political parties that want to stop migration.

The migration issue "will reorganize the political spectrum in the European Union," said Orban, who recently met with Salvini but has not yet committed to joining the Italian's group.

In the face of a more united hard-line right wing in the parliament, traditional parties like the EPP and the center-left socialist S&D group want the mainstream to build a strong coalition to stave off the fringe parties.

Spanish caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called on "all the political forces to open a horizon of political stability."

Projections released by the European Parliament last month show the EPP bloc losing 37 of its 217 seats and the S&D group dropping from 186 seats to 149. On the far right flank, the Europe of Nations and Freedom group is predicted to increase its bloc from 37 to 62 seats.

European Elections: How the System Works and Why It Matters

European Elections: How the System Works and Why It Matters Citizens in the 28 European Union nations will go to the polls this week in an atmosphere of uncertainty — with the specter of Brexit looming over the process and a growing nationalist, euroskeptic movement drawing voter support — to cast ballots for the bloc’s only directly elected body: the European Parliament. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The European government is complex by design, a fact that can perplex voters and vote-watchers alike, often resulting in a low turnout. But this time is different.

The next European elections take place on 23-26 May 2019 giving all adult EU citizens the opportunity to select who will represent them in the European Parliament . Help shape Europe ’ s future and vote ! The last European elections in 2014 were the largest transnational elections ever held at the same

Nationalism is a political, social, and economic ideology and movement characterized by the promotion of the interests of a particular nation

Proponents of stronger EU integration, led by French President Emmanuel Macron , argue that issues like climate change and reining in immigration are simply too big for any one country to tackle alone.

Macron, whose country has been rocked in recent months by the populist yellow vest movement, has called the elections "the most important since 1979 because the (European) Union is facing an existential risk" from nationalists seeking to divide the bloc.

In Austria, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Sunday that he hopes the elections will strengthen the center rather than parties on the far right and left.

Austria is one of the countries where the vote also has importance to national politics, serving as a first test of support ahead of a national election in September following the collapse of Kurz's governing coalition a week ago.

In Belgium, a general election is taking place alongside the European vote, while Lithuanians will vote in the second round of their presidential election.

Sunday promises to be a long day and night for election watchers — the last polls close at 11 p.m. (2100 GMT) in Italy but the European Parliament plans to begin issuing estimates and projections hours earlier with the first official projection of the makeup of the new parliament at 11:15 p.m. (2115 GMT).

As the dust settles on four days of elections, European leaders will begin the task of selecting candidates for the top jobs in the EU's headquarters in Brussels. The leaders meet for a summit over dinner Tuesday night.

Current European lawmakers' terms end July 1 and the new parliament will take their seats in Strasbourg the following day.


Associated Press writers Veselin Toshkov in Sofia, Bulgaria; Joseph Wilson in Barcelona, Spain; Pablo Gorondi in Budapest; and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed to this report.


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