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European Elections 2019: Liberal Voices and Votes

Higher Turnout – Germany above EU-average
Analysis27.05.2019Julia Gresförder
Margrethe Vestager at ALDE Congress
Margrethe Vestager speaking at ALDE Congresspicture alliance/ZUMA Press

Europe has voted. The good news: turnout has risen. There are winners and losers. The big parties belong to the latter; Greens and Liberals can look forward to larger parliamentary groups. The Liberals will be the third largest group in the European Parliament.

The turnout has increased throughout the European Union with an average of 50.5 percent. This is the highest turnout for the last 20 years. In Germany, turnout was at approximately 61 percent: 13 percent more than during the last European Elections five years ago. Also in other countries turnout increased. In Spain, 10 percent more voters participated and it seems that Denmark will reach a record high.

In general, the Liberals do not only enjoy the high turnout but also the good election results.

Translation of Tweet from NEOS above: "We do not now much yet, but we can already say: Thank you <3 !"

Also in Germany, FDP-politicians commented on the election results:

Translation Tweet of Lindner: "We are no big, but a small election winner. Third power in the EU-#Parliament doubled our votes in Germany and re-entry in #Bremen with the possibility to shape politics. But from tomorrow on, we need to work on fully tapping on our potential. CL #EUElections2019 "

Translation Tweet of Nicola Beer: "We would have liked more “More” for @fdp, but we managed to break the grand coalition in Brussels. Modernisation of EU now possible. Thanks to all voters and supporters!" 

The Danish politician Margrethe Vestager confirmed to ZDF her interest in the position of President of the European Commission.

Translation Tweet of Gellinek: "Of course I will look for majorities in the European Parliament to become President of the EU Commission, says @Vestager to ZDF. Europe voted change, that is the message of this election."

An overview about how countries voted and where the parties strongholds are was published in Süddeutsche Zeitung.