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European elections 2014

Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Romania



Center-right GERB has kept its 11-percent lead on the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) in the European elections as 100% of the voting protocols have been processed. GERB has received 30.40% of Sunday's votes, with the ruling BSP trailing second as it gained 18.94%.

The Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) comes third with 17.26% .

Bulgaria without Censorship, a party established last year which led a coalition including smaller parties through the May 25 votes, has got 10.66% of the ballots cast.

The Reformist bloc, a coalition of right parties, gains 6.45%.

President (2002-2011) Georgi Parvanov's movement Alternative for Bulgarian Revival (ABV) has remained below the nearly 5.9% threshold with 4.04%.

The nationalist Ataka and National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria (NFSB), as well as KOD, a coalition led by outgoing MEP Antoniya Parvanova are further below and have failed to make it into the European Parliament.

Results by the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) suggest that GERB will send 6 MEPs to Brussels, while the BSP and DPS will get four seat each. Bulgaria without Censorship will have two people in the European Parliament, and the Reformist Bloc could count on a single MEP in Brussels.



The alliance formed by the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, Croatian Peasant Party, HSS, Croatian Party of Rights Dr. Ante Starčević, HSP AS, and three other minor parties won 41.42 percent of the vote.
Its win gives the grouping six of the 11 seats in the parliament reserved for Croatia, which joined the European Union on July 1 last year.
A centre-left coalition formed by the ruling Social Democratic Party of Croatia, SDP, Croatian People’s Party – Liberal Democrats HNS, Istrian Democratic Assembly, IDS, and Croatian Party of Pensioners, HSU, won 29.93 percent of the vote and four seats.
Croatian Sustainable Development, ORaH, a new green and left-wing party won 9.42 percent of the vote to claim one seat.
The State Electoral Commission reported an official turnout of 25.25 per cent of 3,767,343 registered voters.
The left-wing Croatian Labourists – Labour Party suffered the biggest disappointment, winning only 3.4 percent of the vote. Its leader Dragutin Lesar resigned, taking full responsibility for the result.



Golden Dawn (9.41%) came in third place, followed by the Olive Tree (8.03%) and The River (6.60%).

The latest official count from the Ministry of Interior shows that SYRIZA is in the lead, with New Democracy second and Golden Dawn in third place. The Olive Tree came in a surprising forth place, followed by the River.

The results so far (92% of votes counted):

  • SYRIZA – 26.54%
  • New Democracy – 22.82%
  • Golden Dawn – 9.41%
  • Olive Tree – 8.03%
  • The River – 6.60%
  • KKE – 6.07%
  • ANEL – 3.42%
  • LAOS – 2.70%
  • Greek European Citizens 1.42%
  • DIMAR 1.21%

The Unity, Peace and Friendship Party (KIEF) came first in the electoral district of Rodopi, with a 41.93%, with New Democracy coming second with a 16.37% rate. The party also came first in Xanthe (26.17%), with New Democracy second (17.53%) and SYRIZA third (17.01%).

Based on these results, SYRIZA will likely have 6 MEPs, New Democracy will have 5 MEPs, Golden Dawn will have 3 MEPs, the Olive Tree, The River and KKE will each have two MEPs and ANEL will have 1 MEP in the new European Parliament. With the count not yet complete, the tentative list of MEPs is as follows:

  • SYRIZA (6): M. Glezos, S. Sakorafa, D. Papadimoulis, K. Kouneva, G. Katrougalos, K. Chrysogonos
  • New Democracy (5): M. Kefalogiannis, M. Spyraki, Th. Zagorakis, E. Vozemberg, G. Kyrtsos
  • Golden Dawn (3): El. Synadinos, L. Fountoulis, G. Epitidios
  • Olive Tree (2): E. Kaili, N. Androulakis
  • The River (2): G. Grammatikakis, M. Kyrkos
  • KKE (2): G. Papadakis, S. Zarianopoulos
  • ANEL (1): N. Marias



Romania’s center-left governing coalition has won the European parliamentary elections, with around 37.5 per cent of the vote, according to first preliminary results announced on Monday (26.05.2014)  by the Central Electoral Bureau.
The governing alliance is comprised of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and two minor parties. Together they should get around 16 seats in the European Parliament.
A little under 15 per cent of the vote went to the National Liberal Party (PNL), which is likely to win six seats. Liberals are facing a leadership crisis as party president Crin Antonescu is likely to announce his resignation today due to the poor election results.
The Democrat Liberal Party (PDL) got around 12 percent of the vote, while the Popular Movement Party (PMP), which was formed just a few months ago and is supported by President Traian Basescu, got a little over 6 percent.
The Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), and independent Mircea Diaconu, a famous actor, have also exceeded the threshold of 5 per cent of the vote.
Romania will have 32 seats in the next European Parliament, one fewer than its current total.
The European elections have been marked by a high level of abstentions in Romania, with around 32 per cent of people voting on Sunday. Only 27 per cent of Romanians voted in the European elections of 2009, compared to a European average of 43 per cent.





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