First EP seat projection shows collapse of the centrist coalition

The European Parliament's first seat projection confirms a collapse of the grand coalition of centre-left and centre-right, DPA reported. The projection places the centre-right European People's Party at 173 seats and the Socialist and Democrats at 147, leaving them short of forming a majority in the 751-seat parliament. The figures are based on exit polls from 11 member states and pre-election opinion surveys from the other 17 countries.

It places the liberal ALDE group in third position with 102 seats, including the Renaissance list of French President Emmanuel Macron. The Greens are fourth-placed with 71 seats.

The three main far-right groupings in the outgoing parliament can count on an overall 171 seats, or 22.8% of the new legislature, according to the projection. However, that figure could change as further results come in and the groups reconfigure.

In France Marine Le Pen’s far-right party edged just ahead of the centrist alliance of President Emmanuel Macron. Le Pen’s National Rally would get just one more seat than Macron’s En Marche, with 24 of France’s 74 in the European Parliament, the exit poll showed.

Germany's Greens saw a surge in support as the ruling coalition parties suffered heavy losses in the EU elections, according to projections by public broadcasters ARD and ZDF. The Greens came in second place for the first time in a nationwide poll with between 20.8 and 21.8%, behind Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc on 27.7-27.9%. Merkel's junior coalition partner, the Social Democrats (SPD), was predicted to win only 15.6%.

The Spanish Socialists were seen winning 18 of the country’s 54 seats in the European Parliament, up from 14 in 2014, while the far-right Vox was seen getting its first EU lawmakers, with four to five seats.

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