The European Parliament - keeping it in the family Copy

 

The European Parliament elections are becoming a family affair with a number of candidates gaining attention due to more famous family members. The British lists, assembled in haste, contain two candidates better known for their famous brothers. In the new ChangeUK party, campaigning for a 2nd referendum and to stay inside the EU, is Rachel Johnson, the sister of PM-in- waiting, Boris Johnson. Dad Stanley, a Tory MEP and Commission official in young Boris’ childhood, was also keen to stand but didn’t make it high enough up the list. The other new party making headlines in the UK is Nigel Farage’s Brexit party, which has arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister, Annunziata, in a leading position.

Italy has a 2nd member of the infamous Mussolini clan standing. Caio Giulio Cesare Mussolini, is the great-grandson of the fascist dictator and is running as a candidate for the far-right Brothers of Italy party, which will sit with the ECR group. His cousin, Alessandra Mussolini, is already an MEP with Forza Italia and expected to be re-elected. No other known descendants of Julius Caesar are in the running.

The far right in France has always been a Le Pen dynasty and Marine Le Pen’s list for the Rassemblement National now includes her brother-in-law, Philippe Olivier. Her partner, Louis Aliot, however has been dropped from the list apparently to avoid claims of nepotism and her ambitious niece, Marion Maréchal, is still being kept at a distance.


GREENS 13 MEPs - up 7

GREENS

  • Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (Green Party)  wins 13 seats :
    1. Yannick Jadot
    2. Michèle Rivasi
    3. Damien Carême
    4. Marie Toussaint
    5. David Cormand
    6. Karima Delli
    7. Mounir Satouri
    8. Caroline Roose
    9. François Alfonsi
    10. Salima Yenbou
    11. Benoit Biteau
    12. Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield
    13. Pending Brexit: Claude Gruffat

Not standing: José Bové, Pascal Durand, Eva Joly


OTHER VOX 3 MEPs

OTHER

Vox joins the European Parliament for the 1st time with 3 seats (6.20% and 1.3M votes) Five years ago, it obtained just 1.56% of the votes (245,000). In the general elections, the alt-right party got 10.26% and 2.6 million votes. This means that the same number of votes recovered by PP practically equals the number of votes lost by Vox, with a candidacy headed by Jorge Buxade, a State Attorney who ran in the European elections in 1995 as part of the Falange Española, a party that takes us back to the Franco era .

 

VOX

  1. Jorge Buxadé Villalba.
  2. Mazaly Aguilar.
  3. Hermann Leopold Tertsch del Valle-Lersundi (Independiente).

 

The pro-independence fugitive Carles Puigdemont managed to get his long-awaited seat in the European Parliament, with his party Junts getting two MEPs, 4.64% and 1.01M votes. Five years ago, this party, which at the time ran under the name of Convergencia Democrática de Catalunya, was integrated into Coalición Por Europa (together with the PNV and Coalición Canaria, among others) and got 3 seats with 5.44% (850,690 votes). It remains to be seen if Puigdemont will finally takes up his  MEP post. He would first have to come to Madrid to claim his mandate, and the minute he sets foot in Spain he would be arrested, since he is currently a fugitive from justice

Junts

  1. Carles Puigdemont
  2. Toni Comín

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Ahora Repúblicas, which comprises ERC, the other pro-independent Catalan party, together with Galician pro-independents and the Basque nationalists from Bildu, gets 3 seats : 5.68% and 1.2M votes. Five years ago, ERC ran as part of the candidacy L’Esquerra pel Dret a Decidir -EPDD- (The Left for the Right to Decide), which got 2 seats, with 4.02% of the votes (629,071).

The leader of ERC, Oriol Junqueras , who is being prosecuted and currently in prison, has obtained one seat in the EP. Junqueras, also won a seat in Congress in the general elections and was suspended of his functions as national parliamentary has stated that he would resign from his seat in Congress.

Ahora Repúblicas

  1. Oriol Junqueras i Vies (ERC)
  2. Pernando Barrena Arza. (EH Bildu)
  3. Diana Riba i Giner (ERC)

 

  • Finally, 1 seat for Coalición por una Europa Solidaria (CEUS), which includes, among others, the Basque PNV and Coalición Canaria , with 2.71% of the votes (593,000 votes).

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CEUS

1. Izaskun Bilbao Barandica


GREENS (4 MEPs)

GREENS

Ahora Repúblicas, which comprises ERC, the other pro-independent Catalan party, together with Galician pro-independents and the Basque nationalists from Bildu, gets 3 seats : 5.68% and 1.2M votes. Five years ago, ERC ran as part of the candidacy L’Esquerra pel Dret a Decidir -EPDD- (The Left for the Right to Decide), which got 2 seats, with 4.02% of the votes (629,071).

The leader of ERC, Oriol Junqueras , who is being prosecuted and currently in prison, has obtained one seat in the EP. Junqueras, also won a seat in Congress in the general elections and was suspended of his functions as national parliamentary has stated that he would resign from his seat in Congress.

 

Ahora Repúblicas

  1. Oriol Junqueras i Vies (ERC)
  2. Pernando Barrena Arza. (EH Bildu)
  3. Diana Riba i Giner (ERC)

 

  • Finally, 1 seat for Coalición por una Europa Solidaria (CEUS), which includes, among others, the Basque PNV and Coalición Canaria , with 2.71% of the votes (593,000 votes).

 

CEUS

  1. Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (EAJ-PNV).


GUE (6 MEPs)

GUE

La France Insoumise (far-left) wins 6 seats :

  1. Manon Aubry
  2. Manuel Bompard
  3. Leïla Chaibi
  4. Younous Omarjee
  5. Anne-Sophie Pelletier
  6. Emmanuel Maurel

 


ALDE (21 MEPs - 23 after Brexit)

ALDE

The Renaissance  joint list  of LREM with MoDem, Agir and Les Radicaux won 23 seats.

23 Elected MEPs

•Nathalie Loiseau, tête de liste Renaissance  (Île-de-France).

•Pascal Canfin, ancien président de WWF (Île-de-France).

•Marie-Pierre Vedrenne, juriste et directrice de la Maison de l’Europe à Rennes (Bretagne).

•Jérémy Decerle, exploitant agricole et président des Jeunes Agriculteurs (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté).

•Catherine Chabaud, navigatrice et journaliste (Pays de la Loire).

•Stéphane Séjourné, directeur de campagne (Nouvelle-Aquitaine).

•Fabienne Keller, sénatrice (Grand-Est).

•Bernard Guetta, spécialiste de géopolitique internationale (Île-de-France).

•Irène Tolleret, vigneronne et conseillère départementale (Occitanie).

•Stéphane Bijoux, directeur des rédactions des télés Outre-mer chez France Télévision (Réunion).

•Sylvie Brunet, juriste et présidente de la section Travail et Emploi du Conseil économique social et environnemental (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur).

•Gilles Boyer, ancien conseiller du Premier ministre (Île-de-France).

•Stéphanie Yon-Courtin, maire de la commune Saint-Contest dans le Calvados (Normandie).

•Pierre Karleskind, vice-président du Conseil régional de Bretagne, en charge de la mer et des infrastructures portuaires (Bretagne).

•Laurence Farreng, directrice de communication à Pau (Nouvelle-Aquitaine).

•Dominique Riquet, député européen (Hauts-De-France).

•Véronique Trillet-Lenoir, chef de service d’oncologie médicale du Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud (Rhônes-Alpes).

•Pascal Durand, député européen (Île-de-France).

•Valérie Hayer, vice-présidente du Conseil départemental de la Mayenne (Pays de la Loire).

•Christophe Grudler, conseiller départemental du Territoire de Belfort (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté).

•Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, gynécologue-chirurgienne et co-fondatrice de l’association Info-endométriose (Grèce).

 

Two additional MEPs will be elected pending Brexit

•Sandro Gozi, ancien secrétaire d’État italien aux affaires européennes (Italie).

•Illana Cicurel


S&D 6 MEPs - down 7

S&D

There had been doubts that the joint list would reach the 5% threshold to elect MEPs but in the end they have 6 seats, down on the 13 held in the current EP.

 

Parti socialiste et Place publique (Left-wing Parties) wins 6 seats :

  1. Raphaël Glucksmann
  2. Sylvie Guillaume
  3. Eric Andrieu
  4. Aurore Lalucq
  5. Pierre Larrouturou
  6. Pending Brexit: Nora Mebarek

 


GUE (6 MEPs) down 4

GUE

Unidas Podemos Cambiar Europa, joint list of Podemos and Izquierda Unida have 6 MEPs, with 10% of the votes (a total of 2.2M), 5 less than what they achieved when running separately in 2014.

In the previous European elections, Podemos – then running for the first time- won 5 seats with 7.97% of the votes, a total of 1.2M votes. The current candidacy – headed by María Eugenia Rodríguez Palop, a lawyer specialized in human rights– includes Izquierda Unida, which in 2014 ran within the Plural Left candidacy together with several environmentalist parties and which, at the time, was the third most voted party with 6 seats, 9.99% of the votes (a total of 1,5M votes).

Unidas Podemos Cambiar Europa (returing MEPs in italics)

  1. Maria Eugenia Rodríguez Palop (Independiente).
  2. Sira Abed Rego.
  3. Ernest Urtasun Domenech.
  4. Idoia Villanueva Ruiz.
  5. 5. Miguel Urbán Crespo.
  6. Manu Pineda Marín.

 


ALDE (7 MEPs)

ALDE

Ciudadanos with 7 MEPs (2.7M votes and 12.2%) is in 3rd place,  led by Luis Garicano, the orange party’s economic guru. Five years ago, the party headed by Albert Rivera got 2 MEPs (496,000 votes, 3.17%). In comparison to the general elections, it has experienced a decrease of almost 4 points, given that on the 28A it managed to get the votes of 4.1 million Spaniards (15.86%). Albert Rivera, once again, failed to achieve the long-awaited sorpasso over the PP .

Ciudadanos (returning MEPs in italics)

  1. Luis Garicano Gabilondo.
  2. M.ª Teresa Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz(Independiente).
  3. M.ª Soraya Rodríguez Ramos(Independiente).
  4. 4. Javier Nart Peñalver.
  5. Jose Ramón Bauza Díaz(Independiente).
  6. Jordi Cañas Pérez.
  7. Susana Solís Pérez


EPP (12 MEPs)

EPP

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The People’s Party drops to second position, with  20.11% (4.3M votes) and 12 seats in Strasbourg compared to 16 in 2014. In the general elections, the party led by Pablo Casado won 4.3 million votes (16.79%).

Despite this, the PP recovers just over 4 points in comparison to its results in the general elections, in which it suffered an unprecedented debacle.

People’s Party (returning MEPs in italics)

  1. Dolors Montserrat Montserrat.
  2. Esteban González Pons.
  3. Antonio Javier López-Istúriz White.
  4. Juan Ignacio Zoido Álvarez.
  5. Pilar del Castillo Vera .
  6. Francisco Javier Zarzalejos Nieto.
  7. José Manuel García-Margallo y Marfil.
  8. Francisco José Ricardo Millán Mon.
  9. María Rosa Estarás Ferragut.
  10. Isabel Benjumea Benjumea.
  11. Pablo Arias Echeverría.
  12. Leopoldo López Gil.