A clear indication of people's desire to stay in the EU, and a "good sign" ahead of French elections. That's how senior German conservative MEP Manfred Weber described the election results in the Netherlands.
It's Munich versus Maastricht in the battle to be the EU's chief executive. Manfred Weber, an MEP from Bavaria's Christian Social Union, is debating his center-left rival from the Netherlands, Frans Timmermans.
Voter turnout is on track to rise for the first time since European Parliament elections began in 1979. Stakes are high as far-right groups and euroskeptic populist parties aim to gain ground.
The European Parliament will be more heterogeneous than before, so finding a majority and reaching compromise will be a serious challenge, writes Bernd Riegert.
Polling stations in 21 EU states have opened — seven states have already voted. Once the ballots are counted, the new EU Parliament is expected to drift slightly to the right, as Bernd Riegert reports from Brussels.
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