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Jueves, 17 de junio de 2004 - 13:04 GMT
Elecciones europeas
Votación

European elections

The latest results from elections to the European Union parliament show gains for opposition parties across Europe.

Groups which are sceptical about greater integration have recorded their best results.

This report from Chris Morris:

This election was a damning indictment of Europe's current political leaders. Most people either voted for opposition parties or didn't bother to vote at all.

In Germany in particular the scale of the defeat for the governing Social Democrats was pretty staggering. While the number of people staying away from the polls in new member states like Poland and Slovakia was a source of deep disappointment for officials in Brussels. Euro-sceptic parties gained ground in Britain, Sweden, the Czech Republic and elsewhere.

But overall, the new parliament will not be too dissimilar from the old. Most MEPs will be pro-European, with the centre-right parties forming the biggest group, followed by the socialists.

The parliament meets for the first time next month but attention in the EU is already switching to the debate on the proposed European constitution. EU foreign ministers are meeting in Luxembourg today to discuss new compromise proposals in advance of a European summit in Brussels later this week.

Chris Morris, BBC News, Brussels

a damning indictment
condena irrefutable

didn't bother
no se tomaron el trabajo

scale
dimensión

staggering
increíble, apabullante

staying away from the polls
no concurrieron a votar

a source of deep disappointment
muy decepcionante

gained ground
tuvieron un buen desempeño

overall
en general

dissimilar
diferente

switching to
cambiar, virar



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