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A record low turnout in the European elections helped far-Right and extremist parties benefit from the economic crisis at the expense of the centre-Left.

Here are the voter turnout figures for our EuScholastic project members:
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Our friends in Poland and Slovenia showed the least interest in voting - despite the fact that they were eager to join the EU and spent many years in the Russian controlled Eastern Block, unable to vote in democratic elections. Why this sudden lack of enthusiasm?

Traditional Social Democrats and Socialists did badly across the European Union as centre-right governments in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Poland took most of the votes.
The 43 per cent turnout rate was the lowest on record since European elections began in 1979. This development has raised concern over political credibility of the European Union. In Slovakia only 19% of voters took the trouble to vote.
Anti-immigrant, extremist and previously fringe parties stepped into the political vacuum with significant gains in the Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Finland, Greece and Romania and two MEPs in Britain
Voters angry over the economic crisis punished centre-left governments in Britain, Spain, as Social Democrats and Socialist failed to make significant gains out the economic crisis in Germany, France and Italy. In Germany, Angela Merkel's Democratic Union and its Bavarian sister, the Christian Social Union, won 37.9 per cent of the EU vote. German Social Democrats took only 20.8 per cent, their worst showing since the Second World War in a nationwide election.
Now the results in detail in our project-countries:
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