Early Results in EU Parliament Elections Show Centrist Bloc to Lose Majority as Greens and Euroskeptics Gain

Young supporters of the FDP are reacting to the first forecast after the European elections. (Carsten Koal/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Young supporters of the FDP are reacting to the first forecast after the European elections. (Carsten Koal/picture alliance via Getty Images)

The EU Parliament will be much more fragmented over the next five years with the established centrist bloc failing to gain a majority at this week’s election, early results and projections show.

The initial results on Sunday evening suggested a strong showing for Liberal and Green parties, with euroskeptic groups in France and the U.K. holding the gains they saw in 2014. Italy’s anti-immigration Lega party was also expected to make large gains, according to exit polls.

It means that pro-EU parties will hold onto two-thirds of the seats at the EU Parliament, though nationalist opponents have also produced a solid result. The lack of a majority for the centrist bloc — the center-right European People’s Party (EPP) and the center-left Socialist and Democrats (S&D) which has held power in Brussels for several decades — could further complicate decision-making at the European Union.

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SOURCE: Sam Meredith, Matt Clinch
CNBC