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AHeneen
06-07-2009, 08:42 PM
Congrats to our European friends who voted for European Parliament members Sunday and have finally gotten around to heading on the 'right' path...

European voters punish the left
BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8088309.stm)

Centre-right parties have done well in elections to the European Parliament at the expense of the left, according to exit polls and initial results.
The parliament's 736 seats are up for grabs. Preliminary figures suggest the lowest-ever turnout, at 43.55%.
BBC correspondents say the figures will dent the EU's credibility.
Centre-left parties are projected to have lost almost a quarter of their seats, while the centre-right is only slightly down.
Some smaller groupings such as the Greens have gained ground, while the third largest group in the parliament, the Liberals, lost seats.
The BBC's Jonny Dymond in Brussels says it looks as if the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) will continue to hold power in the parliament.
Jose Manuel Barroso, who seems set for a second term as European Commission president following the centre-right success, thanked voters and assured them their voices would be heard.
"Overall, the results are an undeniable victory for those parties and candidates that support the European project and want to see the European Union delivering policy responses to their everyday concerns," he said.
Socialist leader Martin Schulz said his group's defeat would be analysed.
"It's a sad evening for social democracy in Europe. We are particularly disappointed, [it is] a bitter evening for us," he said.

Government defeats

Fringe groups appear to have benefited, with far-right parties picking up seats in the Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. The British National Party won its first UK seat.
Several governments battling the economic downturn look set for a heavy defeat, says the BBC's Oana Lungescu in Brussels.
However, governing parties in France and Germany appear to have done relatively well despite the crisis. In partial results so far:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP trounced socialist opponents, while greens from the Europe-Ecologie party also made gains
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing centre-right grouping lost ground but finished ahead of its rivals. The Social Democrats, Ms Merkel's partners in the grand coalition, saw their worst election showing since World War II with just 20.8%
In Italy, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right coalition is ahead of the socialist opposition, with between 39% and 43% of the vote, exit polls suggested. The Italian group may be the largest within the EPP
In the UK, the governing Labour Party is expecting a serious defeat, slipping to third place
Spain's governing Socialists were slightly behind the opposition Popular Party, according to partial results
Poland's governing centre-right Civic Platform has gained ground at the expense of the Eurosceptic Law and Justice Party
Early results show Portugal's ruling Socialists dropped a massive 18 percentage points, losing out mainly to Greens and far-left parties
Voters have been choosing representatives mainly from their own national parties, many of which then join EU-wide groupings with similarly-minded parties from other countries.
The largest grouping has for the last five years been the centre-right EPP (288 seats out of a current 785), followed by the centre-left PES (216) and the liberal ALDE (100).
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We've read all the criticism of Gordon Brown & the Labour party, so it only follows...

Labour heads for historic defeat
BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8088133.stm)

Labour is facing an historic defeat in European elections which have seen the BNP gain their first seat in Brussels.
Labour may dip below 20% of the popular vote in what deputy leader Harriet Harman called a "very dismal" night.
The party lost 12% of its vote in Wales, where they were beaten by the Tories for the first time since 1918.
The BNP win in Yorkshire and Humberside was branded a "sad day" by the Tories and Labour but the party said it was a blow against EU "dictatorship".
With results starting to flow in, Labour looks on course finish behind the UK Independence Party, which is currently on 17%, increasing pressure on Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is facing calls from leading figures within his own party to stand down.
Labour has been beaten into fifth place behind the Greens in two English regions - the South-East and South-West.
The Conservatives on course to repeat their victory of 2004 with 27% of the vote, but without significantly increasing their share of the vote.
The Lib Dems are neck-and-neck with Labour on 16%.
UKIP 'achievement'
But it is proving to be a night when none of the Westminster parties, the SNP excepted, are realising their hopes.
The Conservatives seem to be doing no more than maintaining their share of the 2004 vote, the Lib Dems seem to be slipping slightly, while Labour's performance now seems to be at the very floor of expectations at the beginning of the night.
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Even more surprising, though is that the British National Party—the far right, anti-Muslim party has won one seat..

Yorkshire elects BNP's first MEP
BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8088381.stm)

The BNP has won its first seat in the European Parliament after gaining 10% of the vote in Yorkshire and Humber.
The party came fifth in the regional poll, won by the Conservatives, but garnered enough votes to win a seat.
Its leader Nick Griffin said the BNP was not racist but spoke for "ordinary people" neglected by other parties.
Labour and the Tories expressed their dismay at the result, with Health Secretary Andy Burnham saying it was a "sad moment" for British politics.

'Misrepresentation'

The BNP won more than 120,139 votes in the Yorkshire region, slightly less than in 2004, but enough to take one of the six seats on offer in the region.
Successful candidate Andrew Brons, a retired university lecturer, acknowledged that his victory would not be "universally popular".
He said the party, which is accused by its opponents of stirring racial hatred, something it denies, had survived an "onslaught" by the media and the political classes during the campaign.
"Despite the headlines, money and misrepresentation, we have managed to win through," he said.
The election was the "first step" towards the UK removing itself from the "EU dictatorship", he added.
Labour said the BNP's victory showed voters were worried about immigration issues and that these concerns did need to be addressed.
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Dan D. Doty
06-07-2009, 09:28 PM
This was to be expected.
the future is almost upon us , kids; get ready for the show.

NJCardFan
06-07-2009, 11:15 PM
This is quite funny actually. Remember the lefties in our gubment ranting on about how we should be more like Europe. Let's see how long they take to back pedal on this.


*100 posts-WooHoo!*

cat714
06-08-2009, 03:01 AM
This is quite funny actually. Remember the lefties in our gubment ranting on about how we should be more like Europe. Let's see how long they take to back pedal on this.

Oh yeah! Ok, I'm ready to be like Europe now...LMAO!! :D