It’s a very mixed picture across Europe, but many of the established
players have lost out. In Germany, the Greens have gained at the expense of the
governing centre centre left; in Italy, the right-wing League has capitalised on its
place in government and made significant gains.
At European level, the biggest centre groupings are set to
lose dozens of seats together.
The centre-right European People’s Party is projected to be the
largest party with 178 MEPs – but that’s a loss of 43 seats.
The Socialists and Democrats on the centre left are likewise
projected to lose 39 seats, down to 152.
parties are benefiting from this swing.
main Liberal group, ALDE, is expected to be up 41 to 108; the Greens are
projected to gain 17 to 67. Right-wing nationalists, meanwhile, are expected to
pick up dozens of seats.
But the centre parties remain the largest groups – just not
as large as they were before.