Young supporters of the FDP react to the first forecast after the European elections.
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The EU Parliament will be much more fragmented with the established centrist in the next five years The first results on Sunday evening indicated a strong presence of the liberal and green parties, with the Eurosceptic groups in France and the UK posted gains in 2014. Italy's anti-immigrant Lega party should also make big profits, according to exit polls.
This means that pro-EU parties will hold on to two-thirds of seats in the EU Parliament, though nationalist opponents have done so too, producing a solid result. The lack of a majority for the centrist bloc ̵
Turnout is on the rise
Turnout has typically been one of the biggest challenges in EU elections. However, early signs suggest that this year's figure was 50.5%, after 43% in the 2014 election.
This year's vote was due to the rise of anti-EU and nationalist parties across the region really important. However, pro-EU parties seem to have largely held their own in many countries, and the euro rose slightly on early Asian trading Sunday.
Holger Schmieding, an economist in Berenberg, said there had been "no dramatic shock" in a country given research note when the early-exit polls were released.
"Europe is once again defying the doomsday youth and remains somewhat mixed up, with polls and initial projections suggesting that the EU election will result in a more fragmented parliament with a slightly increased presence of right-wing Eurosceptic parties," he said. However, he added that "the deeply divided right at European level should not exercise any significant power and they will not be able to block any noteworthy decisions."
In France Marine Le Pen's Eurosceptic national rally has narrowly outperformed the European elections, surpassing the centrist alliance of President Emmanuel Macron, according to polls published on Sunday.
The narrow victory for Le Pen's party was a symbolic victory for nationalist supporters throughout the block.  In a statement, Macron's office described the performance as disappointing, but not catastrophic. It also said that the pro-EU parties are still in the majority.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative alliance secured most seats in Germany in the elections to the European Parliament on Sunday. The Greens and the anti-immigration alternative for Germany (Afd) prove the second or fourth place.
Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and her partner, the Christian Social Union, received around 28% of the votes from the Greens, with approximately 21%.
In Italy, according to polls, the Lega Party received the most votes and comfortably defeated its coalition partner, the Five Star Movement (M5S).
Early The results showed that the Legal Party of Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini had received around 28% of the vote, after 17% at the national vote last year and 6% at the last EU vote in 2014.  M5S, led by Italy's other vice chairman Luigi Di Maio, l is on track to receive around 20% of the vote. This compares to 32% in the national elections in 2018 and 21% in the elections in the EU five years ago.
The result could usher in a dramatic shift in coalition government dynamics after months of confrontation over their respective manifestos and appointments of ministers
Why is this important?
The elections to the European Parliament are the second largest democratic exercise in the world, with citizens from 28 nations voting for their new representatives. More than 400 million people are eligible to participate.
The vote has a significant impact on the functioning of the bloc and the future of national policy in each Member State. The EU Parliament has a say in policy areas such as agriculture and trade and is composed of 751 MEPs (Members of the European Parliament).