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Voters hand more power to liberals and greens

Liberal and green politicians have emerged as big winners from last week’s European elections, increasing the likelihood of future policy shifts and complicating the selection of the next European Commission president.

Although many details of the EU’s 2021-27 programmes are already agreed, the outcome puts the greens in a position to push for greater emphasis on climate change and biodiversity in the next European Parliament term.

Provisional results from the elections held on 23-26 May put the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) group on 180 Parliament seats, down from 221, while the centre-left Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group was on 146 seats, down from 191.

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