Around half of the eligible voters cast their ballot in European elections; a bloc-wide estimate showed on Sunday, the first time turnout has risen in four decades of continent-wide voting. The increased enthusiasm was seen by some commentators as a response to challenges ranging from climate change to the rise of euro-sceptic parties.
Dutch Eurosceptic Geert Wilders had predicted a political “earthquake” in the European Union’s marathon parliamentary election that kicked off on Thursday, but at least in the Netherlands the tremors weren’t nearly as strong as polls had forecast.
The centre right has extended its lead over the centre left in the race for dominance in the European Parliament elections this week, a poll showed, but both sides are expected to fiercely contest the presidency of the European Commission.
Six out of 10 Europeans are “not that interested” in the European Parliament elections later this month, according to a poll released ahead of Friday's Europe Day events and despite huge efforts by campaign managers to make the ballot more relevant.