The European People’s Party (EPP), a coalition of center-right groups, was set to become the largest bloc in the European Parliament, increasing its advantage over Social Democrats, who suffered crushing losses in the keyEU states of Germany, Britain and France, according to exit polls.
Initial EU projections showed that the EPP had taken between 263 and 273 seats in the 736-member Parliament, well above the predicted 155 to 165 seats won by the center-left grouping.
“EU elections have always been dress rehearsals for national elections,” said Oana Lungescu, an analyst for the BBC. “We expected a protest vote, and we got a protest vote.”
Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Party and its sister party, the Christian Social Union, were expected to capture 38 percent of the vote a win seen as a precursor to success for Angela Merkel when Germany holds national elections in September.
The German chancellor is looking to sever her party’s fractious right-left alliance with the Social Democratic Party, which has ruled Germany for four years, and join forces with the pro-business Free Democrats.
The Social Democrats only managed to secure about 21.5 percent of the vote, which was “significantly worse than expected,” said party Chairman Franz Muentefering.
In France, the embattled Socialist Party watched about half of its seats in the European Parliament disappear as President Nicolas Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement led the polls with a projected 28 percent of the vote.
The French government attributed the comfortable victory in part to Mr. Sarkozy’s solid spell as EU president last year.
Results were slow to trickle through in Britain but were widely expected to reject the ruling Labor Party, with the opposition Conservative Party and the anti-European Union UK Independence Party leading the way.
This is the same European Union that gave us lectures and worshiped at Obama’s feet. The same Europe that is gradually becoming an Islamofascist satellite. The same Europe that produced 200,000 people in a Berlin square, chanting “Obama” and “Yes We Can.”
There have been sparks of sanity, though. Gerald Warner of the London Telegraph referred to him as “President Pantywaist”, Nicolas Sarkozy called him overrated, the Group of 20 at the economic summit gave him a tepid reception, and Gerald Baker, writing in the London Times Online, explained the disconnect between Obama’s campaign speeches and the history of Obama’s politics. Gerald Baker was one of the few Euros to criticize Obama during the election.
While Europe’s political pendulum swings to the right/center, we are now saddled with a radical democrat majority in Congress and Senate, along with a Socialist assclown that Europe and the leftwingnuts in this country, wanted as president.
Enjoy the next four years.