European Union polls: Austria votes centre-right, Spain looks left

European Union polls: Austria votes centre-right, Spain looks left

Ballot boxes are transported around Inishbofin island, Ireland, Thursday, May 23, 2019 in preparation for voting in the European Parliament elections.

Slovakia, Malta and Latvia are holding their European Parliament elections Saturday - and all the other nations vote Sunday.

The defeat for the president was narrow amid a sharply increased turnout that was matched across the continent in what Brussels is portraying as a positive sign, in spite of gains for anti-EU groups.

However, exit polls in some countries that have already voted have given pro-EU parties some comfort.

Diem25 of former firebrand finance minister Yanis Varoufakis will come in at between 2 and 3 percent, according to the poll, which means that it may get one seat in European Parliament.

Vote counting in the European parliament races will begin Sunday morning.

Following the announcement that the National Rally was set to finish on top in France, its president Marine Le Pen appeared triumphant in a speech, calling for President Emmanuel Macon to dissolve parliament.

In Britain, where results will not be released until Sunday, opinion polls showed Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party hemorrhaging support to veteran eurosceptic Nigel Farage's newly formed Brexit Party.

The makeup of the parliament will be used by the 28 heads of state and government to guide their choice of replacement for Juncker and his counterpart in the European council, Donald Tusk.

Macron, France's youngest ever president, and Le Pen have a lot riding on the results of the polls which both have pitched as a re-run of their duel for the presidency two years ago.

The populist right-wing party of Italian deputy premier Matteo Salvini may pip the Christian Democrats of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to become the biggest single party in the 751-seat chamber.

"Whether we like it or not, the European election is also a test of satisfaction with the domestic politics", Zeman said.

Instead, Council president Donald Tusk will take note of how the debate went and draft the nominations before a June 21 European Union summit.

The exit polls also showed the French green party EEVL led by a former top figure at Greenpeace France making strong gains with a score of 12-12.7 percent compared with 8.9 percent in the last European Union elections in 2014.

'The biggest threat to our freedom is not Russian Federation or (Austrian far rightist Heinz-Christian) Strache or Salvini or Le Pen or Orban; the biggest threat is indifference, ' said Dutchman Frans Timmermans, the lead socialist candidate, at a rally in Vienna.

Spain has been voting in local, regional and European elections today seen as a "second round" for acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez as he seeks to form a new government and gain influence in the EU.

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