EU citizens will elect a new European Parliament between May 23 and 26. Voters in each of the bloc's 28 member states vote for their national parties, whose MEPs then form pan-European groups along rough ideological lines to work together in the parliament.
With voting underway, polls suggest the centre-right European People's party and centre-left Socialists & Democrats are likely to remain the largest groups in parliament, but are likely to lose their combined majority for the first time.
Eurosceptic and anti-immigration parties, currently divided between three groups, look set to make the greatest gains. Some of these parties intend to form a new group, the European Alliance of Peoples and Nations, after the election.
The UK will participate in the election and will elect 73 of the parliament's 751 seats as in the 2014-2019 parliamentary term. When the UK leaves the bloc, the number of seats in parliament will shrink from 751 to 705, with 27 of the UK's 73 seats being reallocated to other countries.
With Britain leaving (any time now…) the seat distribution between the countries may change. But as long as Britain is still part of the european union, the composition stays the same. So it might happen, that the parliament is in session with some people, then Britain leaves some countries (especially France and Spain) gain seats and new representatives enter.
The german speaking countries are also in uproar. In Austria we have the Ibiza video coming into the public shortly before the election. In germany a youtuber released days before the election a video attacking harshly the biggest parties. Normally nobody would care about something someone rants on Youtube, but this time it had impact, big media outlets covered this and the parties scrambled to debunk the stuff - and made it worse.
Projections see massive losses for the biggest blocs, european peoples party (conservatives) and Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (social democrats). Liberals are gaining.
The next elections to the European Parliament will be held 23–26 May 2019. This page displays the latest polls and projections for all countries in the European Union. The first official preliminary election results will be published Sunday night