Results – all unofficial at the moment – are staring to drift in, and things are looking quite terrible for the left across Europe. So far the left is only up in Malta, Slovakia and Greece (with a decent result also expected in Ireland), and behind elsewhere – poor results in Germany, France and Austria, and a wipe-out for Labour sure to be around the corner as well once UK results are known later on. Worst of all is surely Hungary, where the right has polled almost two thirds of the votes.
Among the maverick groups running Geert Wilders came in second in The Netherlands, Hans Peter Martin polled 18% (3rd place) in Austria, and the Swedish Pirate Party looks like it might get around 8%. The EP has power, but voters don’t understand that power, so odd groups are understandably doing well.
To keep an eye on all of this Wikipedia has an excellent EP election results table here.