Monday, June 08, 2009

Election results cause heartache for the socialists

Obama can expect the same here soon enough...

As the remainder of the European Parliament election results trickled in on Monday, they confirmed the story of Sunday night: grief for the socialists and an unexpectedly robust performance from the centre-right EPP.

The socialists were confirmed as losers in each of the EU's biggest six states: Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain and Poland. Indeed they performed well only in Greece and Malta, where they are in opposition, and in Slovenia and Slovakia, where they are in government.

Aside from the punishment for the centre-left parties, another common feature of the elections was the low turnout: down to a new low of 42.94%, from 45.47% in 2004. Slovakia had the dubious honour for a second time of recording the lowest participation rate at 19.64% compared to 16.97% in 2004.

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