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Reaction: European elections

Elections to the European Parliament have seen centre-right parties make gains at the expense of the left. Far-right groups also made gains. Here is some of the reaction.

CHRISTINE LAGARDE, FRENCH ECONOMY MINISTER
(CENTRE-RIGHT UMP PARTY)

It is to the credit of President [Nicolas] Sarkozy and to the credit of our party that we have covered the ground in a manner that was considered efficient by the voters. Whenever there were issues about financial security, about appropriate policies on immigration, whenever there were issues on the environment, our party provided appropriate responses that were practical and understandable by the voters.

MARTIN SCHULZ, HEAD OF EU SOCIALIST BLOC

It is a sad evening for social democracy in Europe. We are particularly disappointed, (it is) a bitter evening for us.

DAVID MILIBAND, UK FOREIGN SECRETARY
(LABOUR PARTY)

It is very damaging for Britain, a country that has stood up for democracy over the last century, to see the (far-right) BNP elected to the European Parliament.

JOSE SOCRATES, PORTUGUESE PRIME MINISTER
(SOCIALIST PARTY)

For the Socialist Party these results are undoubtedly disappointing, and fall well short of our expectations. As I always do, and as Socialist Party secretary-general, I openly want to take political responsibility for these results.

PAOLO BONAUITI, SPOKESMAN FOR ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER SILVIO BERLUSCONI

Berlusconi's doing fine. I won't say he's satisfied. I'll say that the enormously low turnout played a role.

JOE HIGGINS, SOCIALIST PARTY, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

This is a roar of opposition by ordinary people in Dublin to the savage policies of the Fianna Fail-Green Party government in making working people and unemployed pay for a crisis caused by speculators, by big developers and by big bankers facilitated by Fianna Fail.

DORA BAKOYANNIS, GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER
(CENTRE-RIGHT ND PARTY)

We need to ponder why our supporters refused to back us and we need to modify our policy accordingly.

MARIANO RAJOY, SPANISH OPPOSITION LEADER
(CENTRE-RIGHT PP PARTY)

This result calls for a change in government economic policy and many other things because the majority of Spaniards have spoken.

DONALD TUSK, POLISH PRIME MINISTER
(CENTRE-RIGHT PO PARTY)

It is a great thing to improve the results of the parliamentary elections… in conditions of a global crisis and obtaining a greater support than 1.5 years ago. The government did not obtain a warning, we obtained a successive card of confidence.



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MEP Seats

  Votes MEPs
Party % +/- % Total +/-
EPP 33.4 -1.4 264 -18
Socialists 23.2 -4.1 183 -26
Liberal 11.0 +1.6 84 +5
Green 7.4 +1.3 50 +9
Left 5.3 -0.6 34 -2
UEN 3.4 +1.6 28 +2
Ind/Dem 2.7 -1.8 21 -15
No Group 13.6 +3.4 72 +3.4
0 of 27 countries declared.

UK Total MEP Seats

Party Votes MEPs
% +/- % Total +/-
CON 27.7 1.0 *26 1
UKIP 16.5 0.3 13 1
LAB 15.7 -6.9 13 -5
LD 13.7 -1.2 11 1
GRN 8.6 2.4 2 0
BNP 6.2 1.3 2 2
SNP 2.1 0.7 2 0
PC 0.8 -0.1 1 0
OTH 8.5 2.4 0 0
SF 1 0
DUP 1 0
72 of 72 seats declared. Vote share figures exclude Northern Ireland as it has a separate electoral system to the rest of the UK
* Includes UCUNF MEP elected in Northern Ireland
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