Centre-right dominate in European Parliamentary elections as Socialists regret ‘bitter’ result

The European Parliament will continue to be dominated by the centre-right for the next five years, but the 736-seat assembly is set to be more fragmented this time round as many small parties made the threshold. The Socialists, who had hoped to make major gains at the polls by way of a backlash against the current economic crisis, kept their second place in parliament, while the Liberals remain in third place. The new parliament will have its constitutive session mid-July where it is also expected to elect its own president as well as vote on the nominee for president of the European Commission, likely to be the incumbent Jose Manuel Barroso.

Victory of centre-right might create obstacles for Turkey`s accession into the EU.  For years, social democrats have been instrumental in supporting Turkey in Brussels.

Source: Euobserver

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