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The Record: Europe

13 June edition
Lucy Thomas

Who came out on top?

The Record Europe looks at the winners and losers in last week's European elections.

We'll be asking why the centre-right swept the board, even those parties in government - when traditionally governing parties tend to suffer in Euro polls.

Why did social democratic parties across Europe lose out, when they might have been expected to gain at the time of an economic crisis?

And why was turnout this year only 43% across the EU, the lowest in the history of these elections?

Three experts in the field join Shirin Wheeler to discuss the results:

• Simon Hix, Professor of European Politics at the London School of Economics and co-founder of the EU election prediction website

• Former secretary general of the European Parliament and author of "Six battles that shaped the European Parliament", Julian Priestley

• And the chief of the European Commission's communication cabinet, Christian Leffler


The discussion in full

Also on the programme

We discover the secret behind Estonia's dramatic rise in voter participation.

Euro poll is online hit in Estonia

With turnout across the EU hitting an all-time low, Estonia was the only country to buck the trend and almost double its level of voting.

And the reason? It is the first EU member to introduce internet voting - and it has proved a big success.

Riina Luik, from the European Parliament's Estonian press service, tells Shirin why it has been so popular and why other member states may be quick to follow their lead.

The Record: Europe examines the key moments in the political week in Brussels and Strasbourg and focuses on the work of the European Parliament and European Commission.

It is broadcast on BBC Parliament on Saturdays at 2300, Sundays at 1700 and Mondays at 1000, on BBC World on Saturdays at 1330 and Sundays at 0630 and on the BBC News channel on Sundays at 0530 and Mondays at 0330.

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