2019 European Parliament election in Belgium

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Reports, analyses and information on the electoral campaign and the aftermath of the European Parliament election held in Belgium on 26 May 2019 in the three Belgian constituencies.

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The European election campaign was not very visible in Belgium, as campaigns for federal and regional elections, which were held on the same day as the European Parliament election, were predominant.

Voters can only vote on the lists depending on the language area they live in. This means that in in the bilingual arrondissement of Brussels Capital, voters can choose whether to vote for the Dutch-speaking or for the French-speaking electoral college.

The Dutch-speaking electoral college sends 12 MEPs, the French-speaking 8 MEPs and the German-speaking 1 MEP to the European Parliament.

In the northern, Dutch-speaking Flanders region, provisional results suggested that the far right Vlaams Belang, became the second strongest force with about 20% of the vote in the region - a surge of 14 percentage points compared to 2014. The right-wing New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) remained the largest party with around 28%% of the Flemish votes.

According to the preliminary results, the southern, French-speaking part of the country, Wallonia, Michel's Reformist Movement (MR) competed in a tight contest with the previously dominant Socialist Party to become the largest at around 23-24%, followed closely by the Green party at 21%

In Brussels, the Flemish and French-speaking Greens were jointly expected to become largest group.

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Commentary and Analysis
Wikipedia: 2019 European Parliament election in Belgium https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_European_Parliament_election_in_Belgium
EurActiv, 03/05/2019: EU country briefing: Belgium https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/eu-country-briefing-belgium/
VOXeurop, 24/05/2019: Europe obscured by multiple national elections https://voxeurop.eu/en/2019/27-voices-europe-belgium-5123279

News
Politico, 27/05/2019: Far-right surge in triple election shocks Belgium https://www.politico.eu/article/belgium-far-right-surge-elections-2019/
Politico, 28/05/2019: Belgian government deadlock muddles EU commissioner appointment https://www.politico.eu/article/belgian-government-charles-michel-deadlock-complicates-commissioner-appointment/

Official
European Elections.eu: How to Vote in Belgium https://www.european-elections.eu/how-to-vote/belgium

ESO Records
European Parliament elections, 23-26 May 2019 https://www.europeansources.info/record/european-parliament-elections-23-26-may-2019/
Political campaign ahead of 2019 European Parliament elections https://www.europeansources.info/record/political-campaign-ahead-of-2019-european-parliament-elections/

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