EU told to 'listen to voters' or face BIGGER shake-up after eurosceptic surge at polls

Eurosceptic and populist parties across the saw the number of their seats in the European Parliament increase after Sunday's vote. French far-right politician seized victory from incumbent president and Italian deputy Prime Minister secured 33.64 percent of the vote after a relentless campaign for change in the EU. Market strategist Guy Miller warned mainstream parties to accept the need to "listen and deliver" to avoid further beatings in the coming years. 

Speaking to CNBC, Mr Miller said: "If you want to put a positive spin on this, it tells you that either the mainstream parties or, in the case of France, the new parties – they have to deliver on their promises.

"They have to listen to what their people are saying and deliver. One thing that has come out of this is that the mainstream parties have to change.

"They have to listen to what people are saying and rather than just trying to capture some of the popular vote, rather than trying to emulate some of the populist policies, they really need to come out with well-thought, structured, fact-based policies that the electorate can buy into."

The European Union has been urged to heed calls for for years but eurosceptic and populist parties have torn into the bloc over their failure to deliver on change/


Ms Le Pen's (RN) scored 23.31 percent of the vote as the far-right leader rode a wave of populist sentiment against President Macron. Despite the narrow majority she secured on Mr Macron, whose party secured 22.41 percent of support, both parties will send to the European Parliament 23 MEPs.

The result is somewhat of a defeat for Mr Macron, who put Europe at the heart of his presidency and at the forefront of the REM’s EU campaign.

But Ms Le Pen and her top candidate, Jordan Bardella, managed to turn the into a referendum on Mr Macron’s first two years in office, calling on voters to show their opposition to his tough economic reforms and pro-EU policies

deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini insisted the results of the European elections allowed "us to try to change Europe."

Following his victory, Mr Salvini said in Milan: “A new Europe is born.

“I am proud that the League is participating in this new European renaissance.”

The EU’s traditional elite lost its iron grip on the bloc as votes for eurosceptics, reformists and climate activists surged.

An unusually high voter turnout saw European Commissioner ’s centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) and the centre-left Socialists and Democrats (S&D) relieved of their control over the European Parliament.

Parliamentary officials boasted of the highest turnout in 20 years, with 50.5 percent of eligible voters taking part – 8 percent higher than the last ballot in 2014.

But the EPP and the S&D lost the overall control over the Brussels Chamber as the two party blocs secured only 178 and 147 MEPs respectively – a loss of 39 members for both blocs.

The UK delivered 29 eurosceptic MEPs to Brussels after the won 31 percent of the vote, with the Lib Dems following suit at 20 percent and 16 seats.

The and Conservative Parties took the brunt of the loses, securing 10 and 4 MEPs respectively amid protest over their conduct during Brexit negotiations. 

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