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Lowest Ever Turnout: Europe Swings to the Right amid Voter Apathy - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Center-right and right-wing parties are the biggest winners in the elections to the European Parliament, which saw Europe's left do poorly in most of the 27 member states. Turnout was the lowest since voting began in 1979.

The European Parliament elections mark a victory for center-right and right-wing parties as voters punish the left in a vote marked by a historically low turnout.

 The center-right European People's Party (EPP) held on to its position as the largest grouping in the European Parliament, with provisional results giving them 267, or around 36 percent, of the assembly's 736 seats. The center-right's showing was even better than indicated by the EPP's results, as many euroskeptic members of the European Parliament are moving to other parliamentary groups.

by Fran on Mon Jun 8th, 2009 at 02:17:49 PM EST
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