BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local):
The leader of Italy's right-wing League Party, Matteo Salvini, calculates that populist and nationalist parties will control at least 150 seats in the new 751-seat European Parliament.
Votes were still coming in early Monday, but Salvini told RAI state television that his League, Marine Le Pen's National Rally in France and Nigel Farage's Brexit party in Britain together should control 90 seats. He says other populist parties in the Europe of Nations and Freedom Group could bring that number to 150.
Salvini says that doesn't count other like-minded parties, like Hungarian President Viktor Orban's Fidesz, which belongs to another conservative parliamentary group. Salvini says the election sends a strong signal to traditional parties that "the European people are asking for a different Europe."
Projections showed Salvini's League gaining in strength in Italy to nearly 34% of the vote, a huge boost over the formerly regional party's 6% support in 2014. In another important result, Italy's Democratic Party rebounded to 22.5% of the vote after a miserable showing in last year's national election, eclipsing the League's coalition partner, the populist 5-Star Movement, which got only 17.7%.
The European Parliament is projecting that the lion's share of Britain's seats will go to the Brexit Party — 29 seats for the 31% of the vote that Nigel Farage's newly founded party was forecast to win.
The projection released early Monday showed British voters driven to extremes, with the No. 2 winners being the strongly pro-European Liberal Democrats. Coming in distant fifth were the ruling Conservatives.
Britain's electorate is divided over the delayed departure from the European Union, but the vote tallied Monday showed a universal anger at the two long-dominant parties, the Conservatives and Labour, who have led the U.K. into Brexit gridlock.
For the U.K. vote, turnout was a dismal 37%, up just over 1 percentage point from the 2014 EU election and well below the EU average this year of over 50.9%.
Many Romanians living abroad had to wait in long lines for hours to cast their European Parliament votes in many European cities.
Numerous calls for polling stations to remain open longer than the local deadline of 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) were denied by election and government authorities, even though President Klaus Iohannis appealed for an extension.
Iohannis said after polls closed that the ruling Social Democrat Party, or PSD, "should be ashamed of how they handled this." Official election results are expected Monday, but updated exit polls showed the PSD and the opposition National Liberal Party are tied for the lead in the European ballot with 25.7% of the vote.
Romanians cast ballots Sunday for the European Parliament election as well in two questions of a referendum called by Iohannis to pressure the governing coalition into abandoning efforts to water down anti-corruption laws and to ban amnesties and pardons for those convicted of corruption.
Voter turnout was high enough to ensure the validity of the non-binding referendum, but a result is not expected until Monday.
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Updated election results released by the Croatian election authorities say the ruling conservatives and an opposition center-left party have won an equal number of seats in the future European Parliament.
With 99.8% percent of the ballots counted, the results early Monday showed the Croatian Democratic Union winning 22.7% of the vote, followed by the center-left Social Democratic Party with 18.7%, or 4 seats each.
Initially, the ruling HDZ party was projected to win 5 seats.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said the party missed about 1,000 votes for the fifth seat and declared that "tomorrow, we will see what we could have done better."
A Croatian far-right coalition is third with 8.5%, or one seat. The fourth is an independent list with 7.8% support.
Anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage has been re-elected to the European Parliament from Britain, and says the strong showing for his Brexit Party is a "massive message" for the country's long-dominant Conservative and Labour parties.
Farage's newly founded anti-EU party is on course to take about a third of the vote and the biggest share of seats in U.K. voting for the legislature, as voters express anger at Britain's Brexit gridlock.
But there has also been a big surge for the Liberal Democrats and the Green party, which are both strongly pro-EU. The election result looks only to have deepened Britain's divisions over Brexit, and severely weakened both the Conservatives and Labour.
Farage warned that if Britain does not leave the EU on Oct. 31 as planned, "the scores you have seen for the Brexit Party today will be repeated in a general election."
Italy's hard-line interior minister, Matteo Salvini, says the European parliamentary vote shows "that the rules are changing in Europe."
Salvini told supporters at party headquarters in Milan early Monday that the results of Europe's four-day vote show that "a new Europe is born. I will say to those who have sunk the European dream, transforming it into a nightmare, that I am proud that the League participated in this new rebirth of a sunken Europe."
Voter projections showed the League won 33% of the vote in Italy, up from just 6% at the last European vote in 2014 and at least 10 percentage points ahead of the Democratic Party in second place. The League's coalition partners, the 5-Star Movement, suffered a blow, finishing third with just 19% of the vote.
Salvini held a cross as he spoke, and at one point kissed it and looked upward, saying: "I thank whoever is up there, who is not helping Matteo Salvini and the League, who is helping Italy and Europe, to protect hope, pride, roots, work, security." Salvini has faced criticism from Italy's Catholic establishment for brandishing a rosary at rallies.
The two women who shook up Spanish politics by becoming the mayors of Madrid and Barcelona supported by an upstart far-left party in 2015 have both lost in local elections.
Manuela Carmena, a 75-year-old former judge, won the most votes in Madrid's local election but will likely be disposed by the combined power of three right-wing parties that can cobble together a majority in the town hall.
Ada Colau, a former housing activist, is also in danger of losing power in Barcelona after she came in second to a party in favor of Catalonia's secession from the rest of Spain.
Their losses come amid a steep decline in support for the anti-austerity Podemos (We Can) party and similar far-left parties since their rise four years ago. Much of those votes have gone to the mainstream Socialists.
Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says his victorious Socialists will push for a Europe focused on social welfare and against austerity measures after winning the European elections.
With 98% of the votes counted late Sunday, the Socialists won 20 of the 54 seats allocated to Spain in the European Parliament.
Sanchez says Spain is going to be the leading delegation" of Socialists on the European stage. He calls that a source of enormous pride and an enormous opportunity for us but also an enormous responsibility."
Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, president of European Parliament from 2004-09, is among the Socialist lawmakers going to Strasbourg.
Sánchez can now focus on trying to form a new government following the victory of his Socialists in the April 28 national election.
The turnout in Spain on Sunday was up to 64.3% from 45.8% in 2014.
The leaders of the two largest mainstream parties in the European Parliament have ruled out working with far-right nationalists who made gains in the continent's four-day vote and appealed for cooperation among pro-European parties.
Manfred Weber, leader of the center-right EPP group, said Sunday night that "from now on, those who want to have a strong European union have to join forces."
Weber says his group will not cooperate "with any party that doesn't believe in the future of the European Union."
Frans Timmermans, the Socialist and Democrats leader who is Weber's chief rival for the top job at the EU's executive commission, says he wants to work together with progressive parties "to try and build a program that addresses the aspirations, the dreams, and also sometimes the fears of our fellow Europeans."
The EEP group is forecast to win 178 seats and the S&D group will have 152 seats in the 751-seat parliament, according to EU projections.
Election authorities in Slovenia say an anti-immigrant party has won most votes in the European election but less than allied moderate groups together.
The State Election Commission said Sunday that near-complete results showed that the Slovenian Democratic Party of former Prime Minister Janez Jansa — an ally of Hungary's hard-line Prime Minister Viktor Orban — has won 26.5% of the vote.
The Social Democrats are second with 18.6% while Prime Minister Marjan Sarec's party won 15.6%. The two parties are part of Slovenia's current coalition government.
The right-wing Slovenian Democratic Party also won most votes at last year's parliamentary election in Slovenia but remained out of the government after moderate groups joined forces to form a coalition.
The opposition conservative New Slovenia party is fourth in the EU vote with 11.1%.
Hungary's prime minister says the European Parliament election shows that "people in Hungary believe change is needed in Brussels."
Viktor Orban, who campaigned on an anti-migration platform, told supporters Sunday night that his Fidesz party, which won 13 of Hungary's 21 seats in the EU legislature, "will cooperate with everyone who wants to stop immigration."
But Orban did not directly address possibly joining up at the EU level with like-minded far-right leaders such as Italy's Matteo Salvini.
Fidesz's membership in the European People's Party, which may remain the largest group in the European Parliament, has been suspended because of concerns about democracy in Hungary. Orban says he does not want to belong to a political group whose policies he can't influence.
Orban said: "We showed today that Hungary is strong ... because Hungarians are united."
Croatian election authorities have confirmed that the ruling conservatives are leading the European Parliament election in Croatia, EU's newest member state.
The near-complete preliminary results on Sunday showed that the Croatian Democratic Union won a little over 23.2% of the vote, followed by the center-left Social Democratic Party with around 18.3%.
A far-right coalition is third with 8.2%, or one seat in the future European parliament. Three more groups won from 5.6%-7.6%.
French official results confirm the far-right National Rally's victory over French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party in the European Parliament election.
France's Interior Ministry published results based on 81% of the votes counted, placing Marine Le Pen's party at 24.9% support and Macron's party at 21.5%. Some votes in France's biggest cities, which tend to benefit Macron more, remain to be counted.
The National Rally's result appears close to its score at the previous 2014 European elections.
The green party EELV came in third position with 12.8% support.
France's traditional parties, which were eviscerated by Marcon's presidential win in 2017, were still far behind in Sunday's vote, getting 8.3% for The Republicans conservative party to 6% for the Socialist party.
Provisional results from Austria are confirming a big win for Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's center-right party, days after a scandal involving the far-right Freedom Party brought down his governing coalition.
Election officials said that Kurz's People's Party won 35.4% of the vote in Sunday's European Parliament election. It was followed by the center-left Social Democrats with 23.6% and the Freedom Party with 18.1%. The Freedom Party's tally in Austria's 2017 national election, in which it also finished third, was a much stronger 26%.
The Greens took 13% of the vote and the liberal NEOS party 8.1%. The tally excludes postal votes, but on that basis Kurz's party would take seven seats, the Social Democrats five, the Freedom Party three, the Greens two and NEOS one.
The vote for European Parliament is the first test in Austria ahead of a national election in September.
The European Parliament spokesman says turnout over all of the bloc's 28 countries was a 20-year high of 50.5% for Sunday's vote.
Jaume Duch Guillot says the turnout was 8 percentage points higher than the last Europe-wide vote for the parliament in 2014. He said the figures, which include voting from Britain, which aims to leave the bloc, "shows that European citizens realize that the European Union is part of their everyday reality and future."
With final results still trickling in early Monday, it appeared that the parliament's two long-time centrist political groups saw their support shrink at the expense of the anti-immigration far-right and pro-environment Greens. That was according to seat projections for the 751-seat parliament that Guillot read aloud from the stage in the parliament building in Brussels.
Three Catalan separatists — one in jail and two more fugitives from Spanish justice — have won European Parliament seats.
Former Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont, his ex-No. 2 Oriol Junqueras and former Catalan Cabinet member Toni Comín all won seats for separatist parties in Sunday's EU vote. That's according to provisional results released by Spain's Interior Ministry with 85% of the votes counted.
Junqueras is in jail in Madrid while on trial on charges that include rebellion for his part in Catalonia's attempt to secede from the rest of Spain in 2017. Puigdemont and Comín are wanted in Spain after they fled to Belgium following Catalonia's failed secession bid.
The three were allowed to run as candidates, but will face legal hurdles to actually take possession of their European Parliament seats.
A new pro-EU coalition linked to President-elect Zuzana Caputova has won the European Parliament election in Slovakia while a far-right party gained seats in the EU legislature for the first time.
According to the final results released by the Slovak Statistics Office, the coalition Progressive Slovakia/Together received 20.1 % of the vote, gaining four seats in the European legislature.
Caputova was Progressive Slovakia deputy chairman before winning the March presidential election.
People's Party Our Slovakia, a far-right party, finished third with 12.1 %, winning two seats.
But Slovakia's local ally of France's far-right National Rally party led by Marine Le Pen didn't win a seat.
A centrist party in the Czech Republic led by populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis won the most votes in the European Parliament election despite the fact that Babis is facing fraud charges involving the use of EU funds.
The Czech Statistics office says his ANO (YES) group has won 21.2% percent of the Sunday vote or six seats — two more than in 2014 —of the 21 seats at stake in the Czech ballot.
Babis wants his country to remain in the bloc but is calling for EU reforms.
The Czech Republic's most ardent anti-EU group, the Freedom and Direct Democracy party, captured its first seats — two of them — in the EU legislature after finishing fifth with 9.1%. The party is the Czech ally of France's far-right National Rally party led Marine Le Pen.
The moderate euroskeptic Civic Democratic Party was second in the vote, winning four seats, while two pro-European parties, Pirate party and conservative TOP 09, won three seats each.
The first official British results in the European Parliament election bear out predictions of victory for the Brexit Party led by anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage.
The tally from northeast England, the first of the U.K.'s 12 regions to report, gives the single-issue party, launched just weeks ago, 39% of the vote.
The left-of-center Labour Party, which has traditionally dominated the region, got 19% of the vote, down sharply from 2014.
The pro-EU Liberal Democrats, campaigning to stop Brexit, more than doubled their share to 17% of the vote, while and the governing Conservatives got just 7%, one point behind the Greens.
Many U.K. voters are apparently using the election to protest at Britain's Brexit deadlock.
Hungary's National Election Office says Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz party has won 13 of Hungary's 21 seats in the EU parliament, one seat more than in the 2014 vote.
With 99.9% of the votes counted Sunday evening, former Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany's Democratic Coalition has won four seats and the liberal Momentum Movement has captured two seats.
Both the left-wing/green coalition of the Socialist and Dialogue parties, and the right-wing Jobbik party got one seat each, worse than expected.
Voter turnout was above 43%, the highest for an EU parliament election in Hungary, which first took part in the balloting in 2004.
Spain's Socialists have won the European elections ahead of the conservative Popular Party, according to provisional results released by Spain's Interior Ministry.
With 85% of the votes counted, the Socialists will win 32.9% of the vote and 20 seats of the 54 that Spain is allocated in the European Parliament. The conservative Popular Party, which suffered major losses in the April 28 national election, has won 12 seats, down from 16 seats in 2014.
The upstart far-right Vox party is the fifth most popular in Spain, earning three seats, its first time in the European Parliament.
The poor showing for the Popular Party comes after it was crushed in last month's national election. The party has been hurt by corruption allegations and convictions.
The victory will strengthen Sánchez as he tries to form a coalition government.
The Socialists are also hoping to do well in local and regional elections in Spain on Sunday.
Exit polls indicate the right-wing populist League party led by Italy's hard-line interior minister, Matteo Salvini, posted huge gains in this year's European parliamentary election to become Italy's largest party.
The League won between 27% and 31% of the vote, up from 6.2% five years ago. Salvini has been working to expand an alliance of right-wing populist parties in a bid to upend European politics and slow down, if not turn around, the drive toward greater European integration.
In another significant result, the League's government coalition partner, the populist 5-Star Movement, is Italy's third party, behind the Democratic Party, which lost badly in last year's national election.
If the 5-Star Movement's finish behind the Democratic Party is confirmed in the final result, it could have implications for Italy's governing coalition.
Projected results from the European Parliament in Portugal predict a victory for the Socialists of Prime Minister António Costa.
The Socialists are projected to win with nearly 32.5% of the vote, slightly down from 2014 when it took 34%.
The center-right opposition is set to take 22.9%, while the leftist Bloco de Esquerda is projected to get nearly 10.3% of the vote.
Costa will face a national election in Portugal in October.
Voters in ethnically divided Cyprus have elected a Turkish Cypriot to the European Parliament for the first time since the island nation joined the 28-member bloc in 2004.
Niyazi Kizilyurek, who teaches at the University of Cyprus' Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies Department, ran for the communist-rooted AKEL party that was the runner-up in Sunday's European parliament election behind the conservative Democratic Rally party.
Kizilyurek told private TV station Sigma that he'll represent Cyprus and its European citizens, irrespective of ethnic origin.
AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou said the election of Kizilyurek, 60, sends a strong message to other EU nations that Cypriots want an end to their country's division and want more EU help in peace efforts.
Turnout was at 42.8%.
Despite earlier opinion polls, far-right party ELAM didn't manage to gain one of Cyprus' six allotted seats at the European Parliament, even though it doubled its support.
The pro-business ALDE group said Sunday's voting projections make it clear that the European Parliament will have a "new balance of power" and the long-dominant European People's Party and Socialists groups will have to share much more power.
Guy Verhofstadt said his group, boosted by the addition of French President Macron's LREM party, will be an essential powerbroker in the negotiations to get a working majority in the legislature and back a candidate to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission President.
Verhofstadt says the two mainstream parties "will no longer have a majority and it means no solid pro-EU majority is possible" without his ALDE group and others pro-EU parties like the Greens.
Latest projections show the EPP getting 173 seats, down from 217, and the Socialist S&D with 147, down from 186. Together they hold 320 seats in the 751-seat legislature.
Verhofstadt's group is projected to get 102 seats and the Greens 71.
An exit poll shows a huge setback in the European Parliament election for Romania's ruling coalition, led by the Social Democratic Party.
Data released Sunday by pollsters Avangarde and CURS show the Social Democrats, or PSD, getting a 25.8% of the votes, enough only to tie the opposition National Liberal Party, or PNL.
The PSD's junior coalition partner, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, may get less than the mandatory 5% of votes needed to win a seat in the EU legislature.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis says the Social Democrats have "failed," adding that the only possible option was that their government "has to go." Critics say the government tolerates corruption.
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said she wouldn't step down, declaring that "Romanians trust the current government. These were EU, not national, elections."
French President Emmanuel Macron's party is pledging to combat nationalists at the European Parliament and block them from weakening France.
The lead candidate of Macron's centrist party, Nathalie Loiseau, urged all pro-European forces "to unite to defend the interests of the Europeans" and not let the European Union fall into the hands of "those who want to unbuild it."
In France, polling agency estimates show that Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally party is expected to beat Macron's centrist party in the European election.
Loiseau said her party, associated with the pro-market ALDE alliance in a new centrist group, will have a key role as they will represent the third strongest force at the European Parliament.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said he will continue to implement Macron's policies and planned reforms.
In Greece, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the protected winner of Sunday's European election, has just called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to resign.
Tsipras, who is not obliged to call an early election until his term expires in October, is at the Syriza party headquarters. Top Syriza officials say an early election is not on the cards.
The Interior Ministry's pollster estimates that conservative opposition New Democracy will get 32.8%, while the ruling left-wing Syriza party will get 24%.
In other estimates, the Socialists got 7.8%, the Communist Party saw 5.6%, the far-right Golden Dawn saw 4.8% and the nationalist Greek Solution was projected at 4.1%. The estimate is based on results from 10% of polling stations.
Green leaders in the European Parliament are hailing a "green wave" that has spread throughout Europe after early projections showed the environmentalist movement is likely to make significant gains.
Early projections Sunday suggest the Greens will secure 71 seats in the 751-seat parliament, up from 52 seats five years ago. The Greens appear to have done well in France, Germany and Ireland.
The Greens co-leader in the assembly, Ska Keller, says "the green wave has really spread all over Europe and for us that is a fantastic result."
Fellow Greens leader Philippe Lamberts says the party cannot be avoided as groups begin negotiations in coming days to form alliances in the parliament to counter the likely rise of anti-EU parties.
Lamberts says "to forge a stable European Union, the Greens are indispensable."
An exit poll in Poland shows the nationalist conservative ruling Law and Justice party as the biggest vote-getter in the European Parliament election, with 42.6% of the vote.
If the projection is confirmed by the official results, it would put the party in a strong position ahead of Poland's national parliamentary election in the fall.
The exit poll by the Ipsos agency shows the ruling party's main rival, the European Coalition, running in second place with 39.1%. The coalition is led by the centrist Civic Platform party and includes several other parties.
The exit poll gave Spring, a new center-left party that backs fighting climate change, 6.6% support.
A far-right alliance formed to stand in the European election, Confederation, had 6.6% of the vote according to the exit poll.
The ruling, pro-EU conservatives are projected to win the most votes in the European election in Croatia, the European Union's newest member.
An exit poll carried by the public broadcaster HRT said Sunday that the Croatian Democratic Union will win some 23% of the ballot, followed by the center-left Social Democratic Party with around 17%.
HRT says the exit polls have been conducted by the Ipsos polling agency. Partial official results are expected later in the evening.
The exit polls also indicated that a far-right coalition could win 6.6% of the ballot, or one of the 12 EU seats for Croatia. Local media say the biggest surprise is the third position for an independent list with some 8% of the votes.
First European Parliament projections suggest that mainstream parties have lost ground in the EU elections, with the Greens and far-right and populist parties set to pick up seats.
The projections, based on estimates in 11 EU member countries and voting intentions in 17 others, show that the center-right European People's Party would remain the biggest group with 173 seats, down from 217 in 2014.
The center-left Socialists would lose 40 seats, dropping to 147.
The left-wing Greens seem set to win 71 seats, up from 52 in 2014.
The European of Nations and Freedom group, which combines populist and far-right parties in countries like France and Italy, looks like it will secure 57 seats, up 20 from five years ago.
Despite the losses for mainstream parties, staunchly pro-EU parties are slated to win 493 of the 751 seats in Parliament.
French far-right, nationalist leader Marine Le Pen is declaring victory in the European Parliament election over pro-EU French President Emmanuel Macron.
French polling agencies are projecting that Le Pen's National Rally will come first in France's voting Sunday, followed by Macron's centrist Republic on the Move party.
Le Pen said the expected result "confirms the new nationalist-globalist division" in France and beyond.
She immediately expressed hope the election could foreshadow her party's victory in France's 2022 presidential election. Le Pen was beaten handily by Macron in France's 2017 presidential vote.
She called on Macron to dissolve the French parliament.
Macron says the National Rally represents the "leprosy" of nationalism that is eating the EU from within. For Le Pen, the race is a battle to preserve European civilization from immigration and globalization.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says he is "invigorated" by a projection showing a big win for his center-right party after a week in which his governing coalition collapsed.
The projection for ORF public television, the Austria Press Agency and private broadcaster ATV pointed to Kurz's center-right People's Part