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Populist EU Attack Falls Short Despite Wins in France, Italy

  • Euroskeptic parties set to match 2014 result, estimates show
  • Liberals and Greens biggest winners as voter turnout soars
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Luis Garicano, vice president of ALDE, discusses the European elections and Margrethe Vestager’s prospects.Source: Bloomberg
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Mainstream European Union parties held their ground against the assault from populists in elections for the bloc’s Parliament as the highest turnout in two decades looked set to reward pro-EU Liberals and Greens.

As polls closed, the parties who rally against foreigners, want to rein in the 28-nation EU and hate the cozy relationship between centrist groups weren’t performing as well as some establishment politicians feared, according to official provisional results.