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Dutch socialists on top in first EP election exit poll

Dutch socialist Frans Timmermans looks like the big winner in the first exit poll from the 2019 European Parliament election. British voters also cast their ballots amid predictions their prime minister is about to fall.

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[Ticker] Poll: Finland’s Green party to surge in EU elections

Finland's Greens are set to become the country's second-largest party in Sunday's European Parliament elections winning 17.2 percent of the votes, up 7.9 percent from previous European elections in 2014, according to an Yle poll. Finlands National Coal...

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[Ticker] High demand for postal voting in Denmark

Several Danish voting stations prolonged opening hours on Thursday to accommodate a larger-than-normal interest in postal voting ahead of EU elections. Thursday was the last day where it was possible to vote by post for both European and national elect...

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No usage data kept for EU parliament’s ‘Citizens’ App’

A mobile app aimed at informing citizens about the EU has so far been downloaded some 80,000 times. However, no data is kept on how often users opened the app after downloading it.

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[Ticker] Ireland votes for EU election and divorce referendum

Irish polling stations opened at 7AM on Friday for local and European elections plus a referendum to change the constitution on divorce. Ireland elects 13 MEPs, two of them to take their seats only after Brexit. Results will be announced when polls clo...

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[Ticker] Report: May to announce resignation plan on Friday

UK prime minister Theresa May is set to announce her resignation on Friday, UK media reports. May will remain prime minister during a leadership election lasting about six weeks and may also try to get her Brexit deal passed by parliament during those ...

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[Ticker] Leading politicians: time for EU to have female leaders

A group of 70 leading EU figures on Thursday published a joint call for a "gender-balanced" leadership of the European Union as voters head to the polls. There has never been a female president of the European Commission or the European Council. The gr...

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[Opinion] EU sanctions regime cannot be an ‘EU Magnitsky Act’

The debate about the choice of name should not boil down to a political muscle show against Hungary, which opposes the reference to Magnitsky because of its political relations with the Russian government.

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[Ticker] Some EU citizens turned away at UK polling stations

Hundreds of EU citizens have been turned away from polling stations in Britain at the European elections on Thursday, an organisation representing EU citizens in Britain, the3million, said in a statement calling for an investigation. "These European el...

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[Ticker] Switzerland unlikely to sign draft EU deal

Political opposition will make it all but impossible for the Swiss government to sign a draft treaty with the EU next month, Reuters reported Thursday. The lack of such a deal will upset relations between non-EU Switzerland and the EU, potentially disr...

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[Ticker] UK sacked defence secretary backs Johnson for leader

Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary sacked by prime minister Theresa May this month for leaking national security discussions, on Thursday endorsed Boris Johnson to replace May. His backing came as May met with senior ministers, amid growing Conser...

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[Ticker] Dutch voter turnout so far slightly down on 2014

By 1.30PM on Thursday, around 14 percent of eligible Dutch voters had cast their ballot in the European Parliament elections, according to pollster Ipsos. That is slightly lower than the 15-percent turnout figure at the same time 2014, when the final t...

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