The rightwing win the European elections marked by a populist ascension in several Member States

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Series Details No.314, May 2014
Publication Date 27/05/2014
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The right wing came out ahead in the European elections that took place in the 28 EU Member States between 22nd and 25th May 2014. The European People's Party (EPP) won 28.5% of the vote and 214 seats - a number in decline in comparison with the previous election 4th-7th June 2009 (- 60 seats). The drop in the number of Christian Democrats had not been to the benefit of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) which won 25.17% of the vote and 189 seats (-7). The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) took third place in the European election with 8.79% of the vote and 66 seats (- 17). The Greens/European Free Alliance won 6.92% of the vote and 52 seats (-5). The European Conservatives and Reformers (CRE/ECR) won 6.13% of the vote and 46 seats (- 11); they came ahead of the United European Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), which won 5.59% of the vote and 42 seats (+ 7). Europe of Freedom and Democracy (ELD/EFD) won 5.48% of the vote and 41 seats (+10). Finally the non-attached won 5.06% of the vote and 38 seats (+ 5).

There remain 66 new MEPs who do not belong to any political group; together they won 8.79% of the vote.

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