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Populists Seen Falling Short of Political Reorder in EU Ballot

  • EU Parliament releases first projection of May vote results
  • Two mainstream groups to keep top spots with lower seat share

A populist revolt in Europe will fail to dislodge the two biggest political groups in the European Parliament in this May’s elections, even as it propels euroskeptic forces such as Italy’s ruling parties, according to the assembly’s first projection of the results.

The forecasts of the May 23-26 ballot portray the political cross currents in the European Union, signaling both the challenges to and the durability of the EU establishment in the face of widespread economic and social unease.