European elections: As it happened

Follow events as they unfolded with the Parliament Magazine team's European election results coverage.

By Des Hinton-Beales

26 May 2014

 

04h26 - Latvia

  • Valdis Dombrovskis (Unity's representatives)
  • Artis Pabriks (Unity's representatives)
  • Sandra Kalniete (Unity's representatives)
  • Krisjanis Karins (Unity's representatives)
  • Andrejs Mamikins (Harmony's representative)
  • Iveta Grigule (Greens/Farmers – Saeima)
  • Roberts Zile (VL-TB/LNNK)
  • Tatjana Zdanoka (Russians' Union)

 

04h22 - Croatia

  • Ruža Tomašić (HSP-AS)
  • Andrej Plenković (HDZ)
  • Marijana Petir (HSS)
  • Dubravka Šuica (HDZ)
  • Ivana Maletić (HDZ)
  • Davor Ivo Stier (HDZ)
  • Tonino Picula (SDP)
  • Biljana Borzan (SDP)
  • Jozo Radoš (HNS)
  • Ivan Jakovčić (IDS)
  • Damir Škrlec (ORaH)

 

04h18 - Germany results (Exit poll - subject to change)

CDU - Subject to regional distribution of vote

 

CSU

  • Markus Ferber
  • Angelika Niebler
  • Manfred Weber
  • Monika Hohlmeier
  • Albert Deß

 

SPD

  • Martin Schulz
  • Birgit Sippel
  • Udo Bullmann
  • Kerstin Westphal
  • Bernd Lange
  • Evelyne Gebhardt
  • Jens Geier
  • Jutta Steinruck
  • Ismail Ertug
  • Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann
  • Matthias Groote
  • Ulrike Rodust
  • Dietmar Köster
  • Petra Kammerevert
  • Jo Leinen
  • Martina Werner
  • Peter Simon
  • Maria Noichl
  • Knut Fleckenstein
  • Gabriele Preuß
  • Joachim Schuster
  • Susanne Melior
  • Constanze Krehl
  • Arne Lietz
  • Jakob von Weizsäcker
  • Iris Hoffmann
  • Norbert Neuser

 

B'90/Grünen

  • Rebecca Harms
  • Sven Giegold
  • Ska Keller
  • Reinhard Bütikofer
  • Barbara Lochbihler
  • Jan Philipp Albrecht
  • Helga Trüpel
  • Martin Häusling
  • Terry Reintke
  • Michael Cramer
  • Maria Heubuch

 

FDP

  • Alexander Graf Lambsdorff
  • Michael Theurer
  • Gesine Meißner

 

Linke

  • Gabi Zimmer
  • Thomas Händel
  • Cornelia Ernst
  • Helmut Scholz
  • Sabine Lösing
  • Fabio De Masi
  • Martina Michels
  • Martin Schirdewan

 

AfD

  • Bernd Lucke
  • Hans-Olaf Henkel
  • Bernd Kölmel
  • Beatrix von Storch
  • Joachim Starbatty
  • Ulrike Trebesius

Free Voters (FW)

  • Ulrike Müller

Pirate Part (Piraten)

  • Julia Reda

Animal Protection Party (Tierschutz)

  • Stephan Eck

National Democratic Party (NPD)

  • Udo Voigt

Family Party (Familie)

  • Arne Gericke

Ecological Democratic Party (ODP)

  • Klaus Buchner

 

03h51 - Portugal results (Provisional)

PS

  • Francisco Assis
  • Maria João Rodrigues
  • Carlos Zorrinho
  • Elisa Ferreira
  • Ricardo Serrão Santos
  • Ana Gomes
  • Pedro Silva Pereira
  • Liliana Rodrigues

PSd/cds

  • Paulo Rangel
  • Fernando Ruas
  • Sofia Ribeiro
  • Nuno Melo
  • Carlos Coelho
  • Cláudia Aguiar
  • José Manuel Fernandes

PCP-PEV CDU

  • João Ferreira
  • Inês Zuber
  • Miguel Viegas

Earth Party

  • Marinho Pinto
  • José Inácio da Silva Ramos Antunes de Faria

Left Bloc 

  • Marisa Matias

 

03h31 - France results (Incomplete - Ile De France)

East

  • Florian Philippot (FN)
  • Sophie Montel (FN)
  • Jean-François Jalkh (FN)
  • Dominique Bilde (FN)
  • Nadine Morano (UMP)
  • Arnaud Danjean (UMP)
  • Anne Sander (UMP)
  • Edouard Martin (PS)
  • Nathalie Griesbeck (MD/MDI)

Centre

  • Bernard Monot (FN)
  • Jeanne Pothain (FN)
  • Brice Hortefeux (UMP)
  • Angélique Delahaye (UMP)
  • Jean-Paul Denanot (PS)

South West

  • Louis Aliot (FN)
  • Joelle Melin (FN)
  • Edouard Ferrand(FN)
  • Michèle Alliot-Marie (UMP)
  • Franck Proust (UMP)
  • Virginie Rozière (PS)
  • Eric Andrieu (PS)
  • José Bové ( Europe Ecology -The Greens)
  • Robert Rochefort (MD/UDI)
  • Jean-Luc Melenchon (Left Front)

South East

  • Jean-Marie Le Pen (FN)
  • Marie-Christine Arnautu (FN)
  • Bruno Gollnisch (FN)
  • Mireille D'ornano (FN)
  • Dominique Martin(FN)
  • Renaud Muselier (UMP)
  • Françoise Grossetête (UMP)
  • Michel Dantin (UMP)
  • Vincent Peillon (PS)
  • Sylvie Guillaume (PS)
  • Michèle Rivasi (Europe Ecology, Greens)
  • Marie-Christine Vergiat (Left Front)
  • Sylvie Goulart   (MD/MDI)

North West

  • Marine Le Pen (FN)
  • Steeve Briois (FN)
  • Mylène Troszczynski (FN)
  • Nicolas Bay(FN)
  • Sylvie Goddyn (FN)
  • Jérôme Lavrilleux (UMP)
  • Tokia Saïfi (UMP)
  • Gilles Pargneaux (PS)
  • Dominique Riquet (MD/UDI)
  • Karima Delli (Europe Ecology, Greens)

West

  • Gilles Lebreton (FN)
  • Joëlle Bergeron (FN)
  • Alain Cadec (UMP)
  • Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (UMP)
  • Marc Joulaud (UMP)
  • Isabelle Thomas (PS)
  • Emmanuel Maurel (PS)
  • Jean Arthuis Laurence (MD/UDI)
  • Yannick Jadot (Europe Ecology, Greens)

Ile de France (To be confirmed)

  • Alain Lamassoure (UMP)
  • Rachida Dati (UMP)
  • Constance Le Grip (UMP)
  • Aymeric Chauprade (FN)
  • Marie-Christine Boutonnet (FN)
  • Jean-Luc Schaffhauser (FN)
  • Pervenche Bérès (PS)
  • Guillaume Balas (PS)
  • Christine Revault (PS)
  • Marielle De Sarnez (MD/UDI)
  • Jean-Marie Cavada (MD/UDI)
  • Patrick Le Hyaric (Europe Ecology, Greens)
  • Pascal Durand (Europe Ecology, Greens)

 

Overseas

  • Younous Omarjee (LDGV) (GUE/NGL)
  • Louis-Joseph Manscour (LUG) (PS)
  • Maurice Ponga Section Pacifique (UMP)

 

03h23 - Romania results (Subject to change)

Social Democratic Union (PSD/UNPR/PC)

  • Corina Crețu
  • Ecaterina Andronescu
  • Cătălin Ivan
  • Dan Nica
  • Maria Grapini
  • Damian Drăghici
  • Daciana Sârbu
  • Ioan Mircea Pașcu
  • Viorica Dăncilă
  • Sorin Moisa
  • Victor Boștinaru
  • Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu
  • Doru-Claudian Frunzulică
  • Constantin-Laurențiu Rebega
  • Ana-Claudia Țapardel
  • Andi-Lucian Cristea

Democratic Liberal Party (PDL)

  • Teodor Domitru Stolojan
  • Monica Luisa Macovei
  • Traian Ungureanu
  • Marian-Jean Marinescu

National Liberal Party (PNL)

  • Norica Nicolai
  • Adina-Ioana Vălean
  • Ramona-Nicole Mănescu
  • Cristian-Silviu Bușoi
  • Renate Weber
  • Eduard-Raul Hellvig

Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR)

  • Iuliu Winkler
  • Csaba Sógor
  • Loránt-Győrgy Vincze

Popular Movement Party (MP/PMP)

  • Cristian-Dan Preda
  • Siegfried Mureșan

Independent

  • M. Diaconu (independent) 5.91 per cent (1 seat)

 

03h05 - Czech Republic results

  • Pavel Svoboda (KDU–ČSL)
  • Michaela Šojdrová (KDU–ČSL)
  • Tomáš Zdechovský (KDU–ČSL)
  • Luděk Niedermayer (TOP 09)
  • Jiří Pospíšil (TOP 09)
  • Stanislav Polčák (TOP 09)
  • Bořivoj Šarapatka (TOP 09)
  • Jan Keller (ČSSD)
  • Olga Sehnalová (ČSSD)
  • Pavel Poc (ČSSD)
  • Miroslav Poche (ČSSD)
  • Jan Zahradil (ODS)
  • Evžen Tošenovský (ODS)
  • Kateřina Konečná (KSČM)
  • Jiří Maštálka (KSČM)
  • Jaromír Kohlíček (KSČM)
  • Pavel Telička (ANO 2011)
  • Petr Ježek (ANO 2011)
  • Dita Charanzová (ANO 2011)
  • Martina Dlabajová (ANO 2011)
  • Petr Mach (Svobodní)

 

02h33 - Poland results (By party)

 

Platforma Obywatelska

  • Janusz Lewandowski z (Pomorza)
  • Jarosław Wałęsa (Pomorza)
  • Tadeusz Zwiefka (Kujaw)
  • Barbara Kudrycka (Olsztyna)
  • Danuta Huebner, (Warszawy)
  • Michał Boni (Warszawy)
  • Julia Pitera (Mazowsza)
  • Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (Łodzi)
  • Adam Szejnfeld (Wielkopolski)
  • Michał Kamiński (Lublina)
  • Elżbieta Łukacijewska (Podkarpacia)
  • Róża Thun (Krakowa)
  • Bogdan Wenta (Krakowa)
  • Jerzy Buzek (Śląska)
  • Jan Olbrycht (Śląska)
  • Marek Plura (Śląska)
  • Bogdan Zdrojewski (Wrocławia)
  • Danuta Jazłowiecka (Wrocławia)
  • Dariusz Rosati (Gorzowa Wielkopolskiego)

 

Prawo i Sprawiedliwość

  • Anna Fotyga (Pomorza)
  • Kosma Złotowski (Kujaw)
  • Karol Karski (Olsztyna)
  • Zdzisław Krasnodębski (Warszawy)
  • Marek Jurek (Warszawy)
  • Zbigniew Kuźmiuk (Mazowsza)
  • Janusz Wojciechowski (Łodzi)
  • Ryszard Czarnecki (Wielkopolski)
  • Mirosław Piotrowski (Lublina)
  • Tomasz Poręba (Podkarpacia)
  • Stanisław Ożóg (Podkarpacia)
  • Ryszard Legutko (Krakowa)
  • Andrzej Duda (Krakowa)
  • Beata Gosiewska (Krakowa)
  • Bolesław Piecha (Śląska)
  • Jadwiga Wiśniewska (Śląska)
  • Dawid Jackiewicz (Wrocławia)
  • Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski (Wrocławia)
  • Marek Gróbarczyk (Gorzowa)

 

SLD UP

  • Janusz Zemke (Kujaw)
  • Krystyna Łybacka (Wielkopolski)
  • Joanna Senyszyn (Małopolski)
  • Adam Gierek (Śląska)
  • Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg (Wrocławia)

 

Nowa Prawica

  • Michał Marusik (Warszawy)
  • Janusz Korwin-Mikke (Śląska)
  • Stanisław Żółtek (Krakowa)
  • Robert Iwaszkiewicz (Wrocławia)

 

Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe

  • Jarosław Kalinowski (Mazowsza)
  • Czesław Siekierski (Małopolski)
  • Krzysztof Hetman (Lublina)
  • Andrzej Grzyb (Wielkopolski)

 

02h07 - Lithuanian results

  • Zigmantas Balčytis (Social Democratic Party of Lithuania)
  • Vilija Blinkevičiutė (Social Democratic Party of Lithuania)
  • Rolandas Paksas (Order and Justice Party)
  • Valentinas Mazuronis (Order and Justice Party)
  • Viktor Uspaskich (Labour Party)
  • Vydas Gedvilas (Labour Party)
  • Gabrielius Landsbergis (Lithuanian Christian Democrats)
  • Laima Liucija Andrikienė (Lithuanian Christian Democrats)
  • Antanas Guoga 'Tony G' (Liberal Movement)
  • Ramunas Karbauskis (The Lithuanian Peasant / Greens Union)
  • Valdemar Tomaševski (Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania / Block of Valdemar Tomaševski)

 

01h59 - Denmark results

  • Rina Ronja Kari (N)
  • Morten Messerschmidt (O/DF)
  • Anders Vistisen (O/DF)
  • Rikke Karlsson (O/DF)
  • (Plus one more from O/DF to be added)
  • Bendt Bendtsen (C/KF)
  • Morten Helveg Petersen (B/RV)
  • Margrete Auken (F/SF)
  • Ulla Tørnæs (V)
  • Jens Rohde (V)
  • Jeppe Kofod (A/SD)
  • Christel Schaldemose (A/SD)
  • Ole Christensen (A/SD)

 

01h42 - Sweden results (Awaiting final confirmation)

  • Marita Ulvskog (SAP/S)
  • Olle Ludvigsson (SAP/S)
  • Jytte Guteland (SAP/S)
  • Jens Nilsson (SAP/S)
  • Anna Hedh (SAP/S)
  • Gunnar Hökmark (M)
  • Christofer Fjellner (M)
  • Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (M)
  • Marit Paulsen (FP)
  • Cecilia Wikström (FP)
  • Isabella Lövin (MP)
  • Peter Eriksson (MP)
  • Bodil Ceballos (MP)
  • Max Andersson (MP)
  • Mikael Gustafsson (V/VP)
  • Malin Björk (V/VP)
  • Kent Johansson (C)
  • Lars Adaktusson (KD)
  • Kristina Winberg (SD)
  • Soraya Post (FI)

 

01h38 - Estonia results

  • Andrus Ansip (ER)
  • Indrek Tarand (Independent)
  • Marju Lauristin (SDE)
  • Yana Toom (Centre Party)
  • Kaja Kallas (ER)
  • Tunne Kelam (IRL)

 

01h34 - Barroso voices support for EPP victory

 

 

 

01h24 - Barroso hopeful of 'workable majority' in European parliament

European commission president José Manuel Barroso has made the following statement on the outcome of the 2014 European parliament elections:

"Citizens across the European Union have exercised their democratic right and made their voice count in the European parliament elections. I thank all those who have voted.

The outcomes differ significantly between member states. These differences reflect our Union's mix of a pan-European political debate with specific national agendas. As a consequence, all political leaders at national and European level must reflect on their responsibilities following this election.

When assessing the results, the fact that this election follows the biggest financial, economic and ultimately social crisis in decades must be kept in mind. It is extremely important that the political forces that led and supported the essential steps in the Union's joint crisis response, notably the political forces represented in the European commission, have overall won once again. They are indeed those with the biggest representation in the new European parliament. Results show that a very solid and workable majority in the European parliament is possible. These political forces do not agree on each and every policy detail, but they share a fundamental consensus for Europe that should now be reinforced.

Conditions are there for a solid support for a European Union that remains united and open whilst seeking to be stronger. Standing together as Europeans is indispensable for Europe to shape a global order where we can defend our values and interests. This is the moment to come together and to define the union's way forward. The concerns of those who voted in protest or did not vote are best addressed through decisive political action for growth and jobs, and through a truly democratic debate.

I am confident that the overwhelming majority of the members of the European parliament elected today will meet this challenge and seize this unique opportunity to deliver tangible benefits for the European citizens. It is now of the essence to have a clear understanding on political priorities for the next political cycle, so that a proper institutional transition according to the treaty rules demonstrates the union's capacity to act. I expect the results of this election to be respected in the decisions taken by all the European institutions, namely the European council and the European parliament".

 

01h20 - ECR weigh up possible kingmaker role as hung parliament looms

Scottish Tory MEP Struan Stevenson has said that he is confident that the British Conservatives and their allies will form a "powerful and important" group in the new parliament. Stevenson said that with around 40 members confirmed so far, the ECR could be confident of retaining its group status in the new parliament.

"We are confident that we may end up with more and that this figure will seem dramatically short as we go into negotiations with the centre right parties." Stevenson added that the ECR could, "find ourselves in the position of kingmaker. With a hung parliament, people will be coming to us for their support. We will be in a very powerful and important position."

However, the British Tory hinted that negotiations with the parliament's centre-right EPP group, could be difficult, as "Jean-Claude Juncker would not meet approval of the ECR group as the next European commission president."

Within minutes of Stevenson outlining the ECR's position, the group's leader Martin Callanan became a casualty of the UK's swing to UKIP, losing his seat.

 

01h13 - Greens make gains in Ireland, Croatia and Hungry

Ska Keller, the lead Greens European commission president candidate, has announced that, “The latest results has been good for the Greens, we have become the second force in Sweden, and have made substantial gains in UK and Austria. We also have new representatives from Ireland, Croatia and Hungry. We greens can be very proud of our gains.”

When asked which president candidate her group will back, Keller said, “We will only back a candidate who has run in the elections.” She also stressed, “we will back a candidate who will not only support green policies and a creation of a sustainable economy… but also improve health and education, and tackle climate change.” She also wanted a new European commission president to halt the EU-US TTIP negotiations “which go against the interest of European people.”

Keller felt that the campaign for electing directly the European commission president had created a more “vivid European elections...national governments now cannot ignore the elections results”. “We will be happy to talk to any candidate to discuss the green content of their policies... however, what we have seen from the EPP and S&D groups they have at times not been very green.”

 

 

 

01h10 - Far-left also winners in the European elections, says Zimmer

In reaction to emerging European election results where along with the Eurosceptic parties, far left parties have also made gains, GUE/NGL group president Gabi Zimmer said, "It is clear that increasing numbers of citizens are seeking an alternative. Over the next five years our enlarged group will fight for jobs, equality, social solidarity, sustainable economic development, to stop TTIP, and for a Europe of civil rights and peace."

"Recent policies of EU leaders have devastated our societies and brought our economies to the brink, especially the reaction to the current economic, financial, social and environmental crisis. The main challenges for the left are to end austerity and tackle the dangerous rise of the far-right."

With the GUE/NGL group set to increase in numbers, she sent a message of "congratulations to all our comrades for an engaged and successful campaign. With new members joining us, our group will now set about laying down a strategy to begin these tasks."

 

01h09 - view from Belgium

According to the official provisional results, the nationalist NVA party is the winner of the elections in Flanders. With 18.45 per cent, the NVA will have four seats compared with one in 2009.

With 13.79 per cent, CD&V keeps its three seats in Parliament while Open VLD, with 13.75 per cent, will have two seats (against three in 2009). On the francophone side, MR will have three seats, which is one more compared to 2009, while Ecolo will lose one and will have only one seat left in the Brussels assembly.

Belgians also voted for a new national government on Sunday. The vote was overshadowed by the fatal shooting which left three dead at a Brussels Jewish museum on the eve of the poll.

 

01h01 - Juncker warns of backroom dealings

 

 

 

Further reaction came from Jean-Claude Juncker who told a news conference that "it looks like" the EPP had won the elections by a "double digit" margin - a "clear victory" - and that he was also "delighted" to stand as a commission president candidate.

He said the results of the election "cannot be ignored" and that they must be "taken into account" by both parliament and council in the ongoing debate on the commission post.

The former Luxembourg PM, who is the EPP candidate to succeed José Manuel Barroso, said he was "sure" that parliament's candidate would become the next commission head.

"I will not be on my knees before the Socialists begging in front of those involved. But, even being No. 1 after these elections, the EPP will have to compromise and "broaden" discussions with other "forces," including the Greens, whom I like, and Liberals. This,though, did not extend to "extremists".

With Hungary believed to oppose his candidacy along with the British, he said, "I want to be the next president but that does not mean I am not prepared to compromise. I want to work with the Greens with whom I have many shared beliefs. But EU citizens have sent a clear message and the other parties have to stop giving the impression the result, a clear victory for the EPP, is less important than they would have you believe."

In response to a question that he would not stand for the commission job, he declared, "I will not stand aside for another EPP candidate."

"I am happy these elections have turned out as they have and that includes the turnout which has risen slightly even if it is not overwhelming."

 

 

00h58 - Partial UK results (By region then party)

North East

  • Labour
  • Judith Kirton-Darling
  • Paul Brannen

 

  • UKIP
  • Jonathan Arnott

 

East of England

  • Conservative
  • David Campbell Bannerman
  • Vicky Ford
  • Geoffrey Van Orden

 

  • Labour
  • Richard Howitt

 

  • UKIP
  • Stuart Agnew
  • Tim Aker
  • Patrick O’Flynn

 

East Midlands

  • Conservative
  • Andrew Lewer
  • Emma McClarkin

 

  • Labour
  • Glenis Willmott

 

  • UKIP
  • Roger Helmer
  • Margot Parker

 

Yorkshire

  • Conservative
  • Timothy Kirkhope

 

  • Labour
  • Richard Corbett
  • Linda McAvan

 

  • UKIP
  • Amjad Bashir
  • Jane Collins
  • Mike Hookem

 

South West

  • Conservative
  • Ashley Fox
  • Julie Girling

 

  • Greens
  • Molly Scott Cato

 

  • Labour
  • Clare Moody

 

  • UKIP
  • William Dartmouth
  • Julia Reid

 

Wales

  • Conservative
  • Kay Swinburne

 

  • Labour
  • Derek Vaughan

 

  • Plaid Cymru
  • Jill Evans

 

  • UKIP
  • Nathan Gill

 

00h44 - Slovenia results

  • Milan Zver (SDS)
  • Romana Tomc (SDS)
  • Patricija Šulin (SDS)
  • Lojze Peterle (Nsi/SLS)
  • Franc Bogovič (Nsi/SLS)
  • Igor Soltes (Verjamem)
  • Ivo Vajgl (DeSUS)
  • Tanja Fajon (SD)

 

00h37 - Juncker claims victory

 

 

 

00h34 - Hungarian results

  • Ildikó Gall-Pelcz (Fidez)
  • József Szájer (Fidez)
  • László Tőkés (Fidez)
  • Tamás Deutsch (Fidez)
  • András Gyürk (Fidez)
  • Kinga Gál (Fidez)
  • György Schöpflin (Fidez)
  • Norbert Erdős  (Fidez)
  • Andrea Bocskor (Fidez)
  • Andor Deli (Fidez)
  • Ádám Kósa (Fidez)
  • György Hölvényi  (Fidez)
  • Krisztina Morvai (Jobbik)
  • Zoltán Balczó  (Jobbik)
  • Béla Kovács (Jobbik)
  • Tibor Szanyi (MSZP)
  • István Ujhelyi (MSZP)
  • Ferenc Gyurcsány (DK)
  • Csaba Molnár (DK)
  • Gordon Bajnai (E14)
  • Tamás Meszerics (LMP)

 

00h32 - Fight for the presidency set to rumble on

Parliament president Martin Schulz predicts it could be "several hours and days" before Europe's main political groups decide who their candidate will be for the commission presidency post.

With the assembly heading for a hung parliament, he also said he hoped to speak with Jean-Claude Juncker on Sunday night on who will emerge as the chosen candidate to succeed José Manuel Barroso. Juncker is the EPP candidate for the job and Schulz said, "I will be very interested to hear Mr Juncker's answers."

Parliament's political groups are due to meet on Tuesday on the commission presidency issue and Schulz said it was important that whoever is selected that the successful candidate was not the result of a "backroom deal".

On his own prospects, he said, "I feel fully entitled to become the next head of the commission and believe I have a real chance."

Schulz, who is the official Socialist candidate for the post, also said that several "core issues", including youth unemployment and tax evasion, would form the nucleus of upcoming discussions about forming a majority in the next parliament.

Predicted results point to the EPP winning 212 seats, with the Socialists once again the next biggest political grouping with an estimated 185 seats. ALDE are expected to retain their position as parliament's third largest group.

Schulz, a German MEP, told a news conference, "We are prepared to negotiate, but it is too early to say who will form a majority in parliament or what the composition of it will be. We will have to wait for the final results. But whatever the outcome of our discussions in the coming hours and days, a majority in parliament will be impossible without the Socialist group.

He also condemned the success of Marine Le Pen's Front National in France and the success of other Eurosceptic parties in Europe, saying this was the result "not of hardcore extremists" in those countries but rather reflected a "total loss of trust and faith" by the public.

 

00h29 - Results from Spain (By party)

People's Party (PP) - 26.06 per cent

  • Miguel Arias-Cañete
  • Esteban González Pons
  • Teresa Jiménez Becerril
  • Luis de Grandes Pascual
  • Pilar del Castillo Vera
  • Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso
  • Rosa Estarás Ferragut
  • Francisco Millán Mon
  • Pablo Zalba Bidegain
  • Verónica Lope Fontagne
  • Antonio López Istúriz-White
  • Santiago Fisas Ayxela
  • Gabriel Mato Adrover
  • Pilar Ayuso González
  • María Esther Herranz García
  • Agustín Díaz de Mera García-Consuegra

PSOE - 23 per cent

  • Elena Valenciano Martínez-Orozco
  • Ramón Jáuregui Atondo
  • Soledad Cabezón Ruiz
  • Juan Fernando López Aguilar*
  • Iratxe García Pérez*
  • Javier López Fernández
  • Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández
  • Enrique Guerrero Salom*
  • Eider Gardiazábal Rubial*
  • José Blanco López
  • Clara Eugenia Aguilera García
  • Sergio Gutiérrez Prieto*
  • Inés Ayala Sénder*
  • Jonás Fernández Álvarez

La Izquierda Plural - 9.99 per cent

  • Willy Meyer*
  • Paloma Lopez
  • Ernest Urtasun (from ICV)
  • Marina Albiol
  • Lidia Senra (from ANOVA)
  • Ángela Vallina

Podemos - 7.96 per cent

  • Pablo Iglesias Turrión
  • María Teresa Rodríguez-Rubio Vázquez
  • Carlos Jiménez Villarejo
  • María Dolores Lola Sánchez Caldentey
  • Pablo Echenique Robba

UPyD - 6.49 per cent

  • Francisco Sosa Wagner
  • Maite Pagazaurtundua Ruiz
  • Fernando Maura Barandiaran
  • Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea

Convergence and Union / Basque Nationalist Party (CiU/PNV) - 5.44 per cent

  • Ramon Tremosa
  • Izaskun Bilbao (from PNV)
  • Francesc Gambus

EPDD - 4.03 per cent

  • Josep Maria Terricabras
  • Ernest Maragall (from NECat)

C’S - 3.16 per cent

  • Javier Nart
  • Juan Carlos Girauta

LPD 2.7 per cent

  •  Josu Mirena Juaristi Abaunz

Primavera Europea 1.91 per cent

  • Jordi Sebastià Talavera

 

00h14 - Cyprus results (with voting percentages)

  • Eleni Theocharous (DISI)
  • Christos Stilianides (DISI)
  • Takis Chatzigeorgiou (AKEL)
  • Neoklis Silikiotis(AKEL)
  • Kostas Mavridis (DIKO)
  • Dimitris Papadakis (EDEK)

DISI 37.78 per cent, AKEL 26.78 per cent, DIKO 10.86 per cent, EDEK 7.69 per cent

 

00h09 - Schulz sticks to his guns

 

 

 

00h03 - Euroscepticism not just about European politics, says Farage

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has admitted even though Eurosceptic parties may have made the biggest gains in today elections. "Their effect will be less at a European level but more on a domestic level, especially in northern European countries."

For Farage, the two key issues underpinning voters backing of Eurosceptic parties was opposition to the free movement of people, especially from eastern Europe, and the fallout from the euro crisis. "The big bailouts to the southern European countries have created a division between north and south... where enmity has been created between Greece and Germany, which the European project was supposed to have stopped."

He also added that EU foreign policy, especially its role in the Ukraine crisis, has also contributed towards people backing his party. "Europe played a direct role... in toppling the Ukraine government." He warned "You can't just to poke the Russian bear and not face the consequences."

 

23h58 - The view from Spain

The People's Party has won the European elections in Spain and will have 16 MEPs. The PSOE came in second and will have 14 MEPs, according to estimated results.La izquierda Plural has won six MEPs, Podemos five while UPyD will have four members.These results are based on the 98.79 per cent of votes counted. In total, 15.7 million Spaniards voted, the turnout was 45.85 per cent.

 

23h55 - Business reaction

Reacting to the outcome of the elections BusinessEurope president Emma Marcegaglia said: "The clear majority pro-European forces achieved in the elections is a mandate and strong obligation to constructively work together for a better and more competitive Europe to create more growth and more jobs. This is the best way to address the concerns of those Europeans who voiced their disenchantment towards the EU."

 

23h52 - Luxembourg MEPs with number of votes received

  • Viviane Reding (CSV): 126 888
  • Georges Bach (CSV): 68 242
  • Frank Engel (CSV): 65 884
  • Mady Delvaux-Stehres (LSAP): 33 323
  • Charles Goerens (DP): 82 975
  • Claude Turmes (Gréng): 69 797

 

23h47 - Finnish MEPs in order of votes received

  1. Alexander Stubb (KOK)
  2. Olli Rehn (KESK)
  3. Jussi Halla-aho (PS)
  4. Liisa Jaakonsaari (SDP)
  5. Sirpa Pietikäinen (KOK)
  6. Paavo Väyrynen (KESK)
  7. Heidi Hautala (VIHR)
  8. Merja Kyllönen (VAS)
  9. Henna Virkkunen (KOK)
  10. Nils Torvalds (RKP)
  11. Anneli Jäätteenmäki (KESK)
  12. Sampo Terho (PS)
  13. Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (SDP)

 

23h39 -  Thinking the unthinkable?

Failing to consider one of the candidates fielded by Europe's political parties for the presidency of the European Commission was "unthinkable," according to Belgian MEP Guy Verhostadt.

The ex-Belgian prime minister is himself a candidate, for the ALDE group, in the race to succeed José Manuel Barroso and he told a news conference in parliament on Sunday that whoever is chosen must come from the group of candidates nominated by political parties.

"Failure to do that will mean that we have just been playing a little game these last few weeks," said Verhofstadt.

His comments were partly echoed by Socialist group leader Hannes Swoboda who appeared to concede that the EPP candidate Jean-Claude Juncker had raced to the head of the queue for the commission post.

Political parties insist that member states must take account of the outcome of the elections in choosing the next president and, with the EPP predicted to enjoy a small majority, Juncker, the former Luxembourg PM, is the new favourite.

 

23h34 - Juncker makes his position clear

 

 

23h31 - Full Slovakia results

  • Maroš Šefčovič (Smer)
  • Monika Flašíková Beňová (Smer)
  • Boris Zala (Smer)
  • Vladimír Maňka (Smer)
  • Anna Záborská (KDH)
  • Miroslav Mikolášik (KDH)
  • Ivan Štefanec (SDKÚ)
  • Eduard Kukan (SDKÚ)
  • Branislav Škripek (OĽaNO)
  • József Nagy (Most)
  • Richard Sulík (SaS)
  • Pál Csáky (SMK)
  • Jana Žitňanská (Nova)

 

23h29 - ALDE reaction

Reacting to the outcome of the polls, ALDE group leader Guy Verhofstadt heralded the slight increase in voter participation, attributing this to the decision to field candidates for the presidency of the European commission.

The former Belgian prime minister told a news conference in parliament he hoped this would lead to a "directly elected" commission presidency in the next election in 2019. The Liberal is one of the candidates for the post being vacated by José Manuel Barroso.

Verhofstadt also paid tribute to the three people shot down at a Jewish museum on Brussels on Saturday, branding the shooting as a "drastic example of intolerance."

 

23h25 - Blow for ECR grouping

 

 

23h21 - Hung parliament?

Socialist group leader Hannes Swoboda appeared to concede defeat to the EPP when, addressing a news conference in parliament, he said the EPP looked set to win a majority of seats in the election.

The Austrian MEP pointed out, however, that victory for the centre-right EPP would come with a "considerably reduced" majority and that his group would provide "strong opposition" in the next legislature despite setbacks in some member states, notably France where the Socialists suffered heavy losses at the hands of Marine Le Pen's Front National.

With all signs pointing to, effectively, a hung parliament Swoboda said it was "clear" the electorate had "turned away" from polices advocated by the EPP.

With more results yet to be counted, he said, "What is clear is that we have won several seats in several countries."

 

23h20 - Stevenson's rocket to Juncker

 

 

 

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23h05 - Here we go

23h02 - Italy exit polls (These are preliminary results and are subject to change)

EMG exit poll:

  • PD 33 per cent
  • M5S 26.5 per cent
  • Forza Italia 18 per cent
  • Lega 6 per cent
  • Tsipras 4.2 per cent
  • NCD 4 per cent
  • Fd’I 3.8 per cent

 

22h33 - European parliament releases its overall estimate

 

 

22h10 - European elections last warning to the EU

Economic and social committee president Henri Malosse warns that today's European elections could be the EU's last unless it rings the changes.

In reaction to Eurosceptic parties probably making the biggest gains in today's European elections, Malosse said, "Europe was once again the loser of these European elections."

For Malosse, the wins for the Eurosceptic parties "reflects the large gap which separates EU citizens from the European institutions. [These results] leave no doubt: this vote is the last warning. This may be the last European election if Europe does not change."

According to the EESC president, the results reflected the EU's inability to address key issues including proposing an alternative political project to "deal with the criticisms from EU critics". "The personalisation of the post of president of the European commission has also not been successful in obtaining the expected boost in interest in voter impact in this election, as the abstention vote remains the majority".

"The only lesson from these elections is simple: the priority for the EU is to regain the trust of citizens now to make them believe again in the European project."

Malosse wanted the EU to start implementing "concrete actions" which includes radically overhauling its governance through better consideration of citizens' initiatives, effective coordination with civil society organisations and even appointing commissioners from these groups, and launching a Europe wide consultation of all citizens to identify what should be Europe's priorities.

"Europe must also restore the spirit of solidarity between states and individuals: engage in the path of economic and social integration, focus on areas where it has a real added value and make… concrete projects in order to build the European identity".

 

22h00 - EU elections show end of declining voter turnout

Turnout across the EU rose marginally this time round to 43.1 per cent, a tiny increase over 2009. Even so, European parliament spokesperson Jaume Duch heralded the rise in voter participation as a "historic" moment in EU history.

The increase masked wide variations across member states, with the lowest being in Slovakia where just 13 per cent of voters went to the polls. In the Czech Republic, the figure was 19.5 per cent while in another large member state, Poland, only 22.7 voted.

In the UK, turnout rose slightly from 34.7 per cent in 2009 to 36 per cent this time round.  In France, turnout remained stable at 43.5 per cent, while in Greece, which has been hit hard by EU austerity measures, the figure rose from 52.5 per cent five years ago to 57.4 per cent. The figures for Germany and Italy were 47.9 per cent (up) and 60 per cent (down) respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21h58 - Dods People EU is proud to present its overall #EP2014 projection

 

 

21h54 – Rehn crosses the Finnish line

EU economic and monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn has been elected as an MEP in his native Finland, according to YLE, the Finnish broadcasting company. Rehn, also a vice president of the commission, has served a five year term on the EU executive.

He has largely been responsible for overseeing the EU's response to the economic crisis in Europe. Rehn had hoped to be the ALDE group's candidate for the European commission presidency but ex-Belgian PM and current MEP Guy Verhoftstadt was selected ahead of him.

 Rehn follows a long line of former EU commissioners, such as Danuta Hübner and Louis Michel, who have become MEPs after serving as commissioners.

According to the Finnish projection, the National Coalition Party won 22.1 per cent of the vote and three seats in Finland, the same as the last election, while the Centre Party got 19.8 per cent.

 

 

 

21h46 - UK Liberals facing extinction?

 

 

 

21h42 - Reaction from France

Reaction was swift to French exit polls which suggest that for the first time, the Front National (FN) party has won a nationwide election, with estimates of between 24 per cent and 26 per cent of the vote.

FN leader Marine Le Pen said that in light of the results the French president François Hollande would "have to take decisions in order for the national parliament to become national".

More reaction came from French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll, who described the likely outcome as "an alert and a signal for Republicans who have to be aware of it. It will weaken France's position."

Elsewhere, Jean-Francois Cope, president of the centre right UMP which scored between 20 and 23 per cent according to exit polls, said, "These elections show a huge anger against François Hollande's policy."

Olivier Faure, spokesman for the governing Parti Socialiste, which, like the UMP, appears to have lost ground, polling about 15 per cent, said, "The whole Left has to reconsider itself."

Turnout slightly increased in France with 43.3 per cent compared to 40.3 per cent in 2009, possibly due to more extensive media coverage compared to five years ago.

 

21h34 - View from Austria

Exit polls in Austria show major success for the Eurosceptic Freedom Party of Austria, led by Harald Vilimsky. He described the party's 19.5 per cent share of the vote as a "sensational result" and claimed to be the "evening's victor". However, the Austrian Popular party won 27.3 per cent share of the vote, according to the exit poll, and its leading candidate, Othmar Karas, said, "We reached all our goals."

The Social Democrat Party polled just over 23 per cent, a similar figure to five years ago. Despite polling nearly eight per cent for the newcomers in this year's election race, the New Austria and Liberal Forum, its leading candidate Angelika Mlinar voiced disappointment at not reaching the party's goal of more than 10 per cent.

 

21h27 - MEP Toine Manders flying the flag for the over 50s

 

Dutch ALDE group candidate Toine Manders, says drop in extreme right support in Netherlands because the Dutch people are “fed up with Geert Wilders”.  Says, "it's no good just going on about problems without proposing solutions. Our citizens want to hear about solutions from their politicians".  Dutch exit polls suggest that Manders will scrape enough votes to win a seat for the Dutch 50+ party.

 

21h18 -  The Parliament Magazine paparazzi division earning their crust

 

 

 

20h59 - The Schulz Effect

 

 

 

20h53 - Dods People EU has breakdown of seats based on Romania exit poll

 

 

20h47 - More than one important election going on this weekend.

 

 

 

20h43 - Youth EPP display confidence of youth and proclaim Juncker next president before results have started coming in. Are they wrong, though?

 

 

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20h33 - View from France

Exit polls in France show that predictions of a major breakthrough for Front National appear to be accurate with a massive leap in its share of the vote. They show that the party led by Marine Le Pen will enjoy a 24.4 per cent of the vote compared with just 6.34 per cent in 2009 when the party won three seats in parliament.


The same poll says the centre right UMP's share of the vote has fallen from just over 27 per cent to 21 per cent this time round. The Parti Socialistes, the party of French president François Hollande, has also seen its vote slump to just over 14 per cent from 16.48 per cent five years ago. Turnout in France, as in several other member states, has risen from 40.63 per cent in the last election to 42 per cent.

 

20h30 - Dods People EU has breakdown of seats based on Denmark exit poll

 

 

 

20h26 - UK MEP Dan Hannan has a point about exit polls

"In theory, exit polls are banned across the EU before 10pm UK time. In practice, only the British seem to obey. #eu2014" - Daniel Hannan (@DanHannanMEP) May 25, 2014

 

20h21 - ALDE party says it is likely to get three MEPs in Finland including former European economic and monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn

 

 

 

20h19 - Dods People EU has breakdown of seats based on France exit poll

 

 

20h10 - View from the Netherlands

Geert Wilders’ Dutch far right PVV party loses out as it drops four points to 13 per cent. Good news for ALDE linked D66 as they look to gain an extra seat in parliament.

 

20h09 - View from Germany

The big winners in Germany, according to exit polls, are the Social Democrats whose share of the vote has risen from just over 20 per cent in the last election in 2009 to 27.5 per cent this time round.

This comes at the expense of the CDU and CSU, the two centre right parties allied to the EPP, whose share of the vote has slumped from 36 per cent to a lowly 30.7 per cent. The Liberals, allied to the ALDE group in Parliament, also saw its share of the vote tumble, from 11 to a paltry 2.9 per cent in this election.

The Greens, who traditionally poll well in Germany, have seen their vote fall slightly from 12 per cent five years ago to just over 10 per cent. If the exit polls are correct, turnout has risen, though, from 43.7 per cent in the last Euros to 47 per cent this time round.

Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's vice chancellor and minister of economic affairs has credited Martin Schulz with the SPD's election performance.

Bernd Lucke, the leader of AfD, "Alternative for Germany," the new eurosceptic party in Germany, said his party was the "new people’s party" in Germany. The AfD got 6.8 per cent (seven seats), according to the exit polls.

 

20h06 - France exit polls (These are preliminary results and are subject to change)

  • FN 25 per cent
  • UMP 20.6 per cent
  • PS 14.1 per cent
  • UDI-MoDem 9.8 per cent
  • EELV 9 per cent
  • FdG 6.4 per cent

 

 

19h53 - Dods People EU has breakdown of seats based on Greece exit poll

 

 

 

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19h48 - Greens out in force at European parliament

Ska Keller, the Greens co-candidate for the European commission presidency, has urged the next parliament to "focus on a green economy and sustainable employment" in its next five year mandate. Arriving at parliament in Brussels on Sunday night, she said while her party were still waiting for the final results she hoped "as many people as possible" had gone to the polls.

 

19h38 - Not sure of the legality of feline voting, but with 1998 figures showing 43 million cats in Europe it has to be considered a key demographic.

 

 

19h35 - Finland exit polls (These are preliminary results and are subject to change)

  • The National Coalition Party: 22.7  per cent (4 seats, +1 seat)
  • The Centre Party: 21.0  per cent (3 seats, same as before)
  • The Social Democratic Party: 13.6  per cent (2 seats, same as before)
  • The Finns party: 12.8  per cent (2 seats, +1 seat) 
  • The Left Alliance: 9.4  per cent (1 seat, +1 seat)
  • The Green party: 7.9  per cent (1 seat, -1 seat) 

Minister for European affairs and foreign trade of Finland Alexander Stubb feeling the heat

 

 

19h31 - Juncker's campaign chief predicting "solid" victory for EPP

 

 

19h25 -  In Lithuania, more than 37 per cent of eligible voters turned out to the polls before 18h00 CET, compared to 15.68 per cent at last elections.

 

19h22 - Carnival atmosphere starting to build in Place Luxembourg outside the European parliament.

 

19h13 - Slovenia exit polls (These are preliminary results and are subject to change)

  • SDS 24,6 per cent (3 seats)
  • Nsi/SLS 15,2  per cent (2 seats)
  • Verjamem 10,6 per cent (1 seat)
  • Desus 9,1 per cent (1 seat)
  • SD 7,9 per cent (1 seat)
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19h09 - Dods People EU has breakdown of seats based on German exit poll

 

 

19h01 - Bulgaria exit polls (These are preliminary results and are subject to change)

  • GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) - 28.6 per cent ( 6 seats)
  • BSP (Bulgarian Socialist Party) - 19.8 per cent (4 seats)
  • DPS (Movement for Rights and Freedoms) - 14.9 per cent (3 seats)
  • Bulgaria without Censorship - 11.1 per cent (2 seats)
  • Reformist Block - 6.4 per cent (1 seat)

The last seat is expected to go to either GERB or BSP.

 

 

18h58 - Malta exit polls (These are preliminary results and are subject to change) [Source]

  • Malta Labour Party (S&D) - 53 per cent
  • Nationalist Party (EPP) - 40 per cent
  • Alternattiva Demokratika (Greens) - 2.7 per cent
  • Other small parties - 4 per cent

"It is the first time that the party in government won the European Parliament election. The PL has won all three EP elections held since 2004." [Maltese Independent]

 

 

 

18h44 - Cyprus exit polls (These are preliminary results and are subject to change) [Source]

  • Democratic Rally/European Party (DISY/EVROKO)*    36.5 per cent - 39.5 per cent  per cent
  • Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL)    26.5 -28,5 per cent
  • Democratic Party (DIKO)    10 - 12.5 per cent
  • Movement for Social Democracy / Ecological and Environmental Movement (EDEK/KOP)*    7.5 - 8.5 per cent
  • Citizens Alliance (SYPO)    6.5 – 8.5 per cent
  • Coalition of independents “Message of Hope”    4.5 – 5.5 per cent

 

18h40 - Greek exit polls (These are preliminary results and are subject to change) [Source]

  • Syriza 26-30 per cent
  • ND 23-27 per cent
  • Golden Dawn 8-10 per cent
  • River 5-7 per cent
  • Elia (=Pasok) 7-9 per cent
  • Communist party 5-7 per cent
  • Independent Greeks 3.5 per cent
  • Democratic Left 1.5-2.5 per cent
  • LAOS (Popular  Orthodox Rally) 1.5-2.5 per cent

 

18h36 - Dods People EU has breakdown of seats based on Austrian exit poll

 

 

18h28 - German exit poll

Estimations put turnout up by 3.2 percentage points from 2009 at 47 per cent.

According to this first estimation, using research centre Forschungsgruppe Wahlen and published by public broadcaster ZDF, the results are:

  • CDU/CSU 36.0%
  • SPD 27.5%
  • Grüne 10.5%
  • FDP 3.0%
  • Linke 7.5%
  • AfD 6.5%
  • Others 9.0%. 

 

18h25 - Ireland exit poll from Irish state broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann.

Indicative turnout of 51.2% for Ireland and large gains for independents.

These are only preliminary results and could differ from the final results:

  • Fine Gael: 22%
  • Fianna Fáil: 22%
  • Sinn Féin: 17%
  • Labour: 6%
  • Green: 6%
  • Independents and others: 27%

 

18h00 - Good evening from the Parliament Magazine. We're going to be bringing you updates on the European elections results throughout the evening. The European quarter has been remodelled to look like a scaled-down music festival, but, with four hours to go until we can start getting concrete results, things are quiet.

*Austria's latest preliminary results were released 20 minutes ago based on the estimations after 73 per cent of ballots were counted.

These results show (these preliminary results could be subject to change):

ÖVP remaining the main party with 27.6 per cent

SPÖ in second place with 23.8 per cent.

FPÖ is third with 19.5 per cent ahead of Die Grünen who reached 14.9 per cent.

And the NEOS party, with 7.8 per cent, will have their first MEP.

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