– Sunday was the last day of the EU elections. 21 nations went to the polls.
– In Germany, the ruling center-right and center-left coalition saw its number fall to historic lows, while the Green party climbed to second place.
– A recent scandal in Austria that led the government to give little support to the parties of former coalitions of the Popular Party (ÖVP) and the Freedom Party (FPÖ).
… Read more EU elections: live updates of the last voting day
All updates in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC)
18:01 The exit polls of France place the RN party of the far right at 23%, a slight drop compared to 2014, but still enough to put them ahead. In Marche, of president Emmanuel Macron, it obtained 22%, and the Green party was decorated with 12.5%, with an increase of 3.5 points in 2014.
17:59 The EU has announced that, according to its estimates, the participation was 51 percent in the whole block, a significant increase in the 42.6% of total participation in 2014.
17:45 The group Green / European Free Alliance in the EU says they are delighted with the exit polls that show a good result for the Greens of Germany in the European elections. The co-leader of the group, Phillippe Lamberts of Belgium, DW Max Hofmann the Greens / EFA would use the influence that the Europeans are giving them to really influence policy from now on.
"Everything we've heard from several members so far, points to an increase in green results, and that gives me a strong mandate for the change in European policy."
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"Fridays for the future (protests) have helped people to become aware of the urgency of the change, but obviously not enough, because if there had not been a strong Green Party (in Germany) to begin with, this popular energy would have I had a way of expressing myself in politics. "
17:25 Hungary's nationalist Fidesz party won 56% of the votes in the EU elections, according to the official pollster Nezopont. Fidesz was recently expelled by the EU's largest bloc, the center-right European People's Party (PEC), on some of its campaign methods.
It was expected that the Socialists and the democratic left coalition would win 10% each.
17:09 In Germany, the latest projections placed the Christian Democrats (CDU) of Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Bavarian sister party, CSU, with 28.3%, 7.5 points less. The coalition partner of the CDU, the Social Democrats (SPD) is on track for its worst performance in the EU elections, picking up 15.2% of the votes, 12.1% less than in the last vote in 2014.
Following a wave of support for growing concerns about climate change, the Green Party came in second place in Germany with 21.1%, an increase of 11%. The far right AfD came in fourth place with 10.6%, and the Free Democrats (FDP) and the left parties obtained 5.6% of the votes. Other minor parties constituted the last 13.6%.
16:58 In the Netherlands, the Labor Party (PvdA) was leading, according to the initial results, with 18.1%, a big jump from the 9.4% it received in 2014. The Popular Party for Freedom and Democracy ( VVD) of Prime Minister Mark Rutte came in second with 15%, earning 3 points over his previous result.
The Extreme Right Freedom Party (PVV) made a decisive decision regarding the 2014 results of 13.32%, obtaining only 4.1% of the Dutch votes.
16:54 According to the figures published by the German dimap of Infratest, it is projected that the center-right EAF will be the largest grouping in the European Parliament with 163 seats.
It is projected that the Party of European Socialists will have 147 seats, while the liberal group ALDE is on track to obtain 96 seats. Infratest's dimap projections showed that parties in the correct EAPN group could see significant gains with 72 seats.
16:52 The ZDF radio station reported that Germany's under-30 population voted overwhelmingly for the Green party:
16:44 Ireland's Fine Gaelic party, which currently governs a minority coalition government, led the initial projections with 29%. Fianna Fáil came in second with 15%, as did the Green match. This was a massive promotion for the Greens, who only obtained 4.9% in 2014. Sinn Fein had only 13%, a fall or 6.5%.
16:39 Germany's public broadcaster, ARD, said voter turnout in Germany increased by almost 11% from 48.1% of registered voters in 2014 to 59% in Sunday's EU elections.
16:31 In Greece, the conservative opposition is the projected winner, according to exit polls. New Democracy is projected to win between 32% and 36% of the vote, compared to 25% and 29% for the left-leaning Syriza.
The far-right Golden Dawn and the Communist Party are expected to obtain between 5% and 7% each.
16:00 Initial official projections in Germany show that the Christian Democrats of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party have come out ahead with 27.9%, but suffered a fall in support of 7.5 points. The losses were even greater for the member of the coalition of the CDU, the Social Democrats (SPD), which came in third place with 15.6% support, 11.7% less than in the last elections of the EU in 2014.
The Green party will continue to vote in favor of the coalition that casts votes and raises concerns about climate change. It ranked second in Germany with 21.8%, an increase of 11.1%. The far-right AfD was in fourth place with 10.5%, and the Free Democrats (FDP) and the left party obtained 5.5% of the votes. Other smaller parties represented the remaining 13%.
Germany is the largest electoral district in Europe with 96 seats in the European Parliament with 751 seats.
15:39 Local media in Belgium have said that far-right and nationalist parties are ahead in the Flemish-speaking north, while the Social Party is leading in the French-speaking south. In Flanders, the nationalist N-VA party has lost some votes in favor of the extreme right Vlaams Belang, but is still slightly ahead. In Wallonia, the Socialists reached 27.2%, followed by the center-right MR party of Prime Minister Charles Michel with 20%.
15:22 The Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported in the initial exit polls that they took the form that Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache of the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) party, just last week, did little to prevent the support of the match.
The FPÖ dropped only 2.2 points, to 17.5%. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who faces confidence in parliament on Monday, saw his People's Party (ÖVP) gain 7.5% support by clearly placing him at the helm.
es / rc (AP, AFP, dpa, Reuters)