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Nationalist Will Creeps Into European Parliaments

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Posted on May 26, 2014

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The far right took election victories in France, Denmark and Austria among continentwide contests Sunday that produced a record number of parliamentary members who are unfavorable toward the European Union.

The Guardian reports:

European politics were jolted as seldom before on Sunday when France’s extreme nationalists triumphed in the European parliament elections, which across the continent returned an unprecedented number of MEPs hostile or sceptical about the European Union in a huge vote of no confidence in Europe’s political elite.

France’s Front National won the election there with a projected 25% of the vote, while the governing socialists of President François Hollande collapsed to 14%, according to exit polls.

In Britain the Nigel Farage-led insurrection against Westminster was also expected by all three main parties to deliver a victory for Ukip in the election, albeit with a lower lead than some opinion polls had been predicting in recent weeks. Turnout in Britain was 36%, higher than at the last European elections in 2009.

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—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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