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May 28, 2019

Hungarian and Maltese ruling parties most successful in EU election

The ruling parties of Hungary and Malta were the only two in the EU to get more than 50 percent of the votes at the European Parliament elections.

The ruling parties of Hungary and Malta were the only two in the European Union to get more than 50 percent of the votes at the European Parliament elections, reports 888.hu.

According to preliminary results, Hungary’s ruling conservative Fidesz received 52.14 percent of the votes at Sunday’s EP elections. The only other governing party in the European Union that scored above 50 percent was the Maltese Labour Party with 55.9 percent.

Rmx.news points out that if we also take into account how other parties fared, Fidesz had the proportionally highest victory, as the second-placed Democratic Coalition (DK) only had 16.2 percent of the votes, while in Malta the Nationalist Party received 36.2 percent.

This also means that in the entire European Union Hungary is the only country whose ruling party has an absolute majority within its EP delegation, while in some other countries 15 percent was enough for a relative majority.

Fidesz’s major victory also indicates that the country has a very stable government, which cannot be said about the United Kingdom, Germany and France. Another fact to note is that while Hungary only has a 21-seat presence in the European Parliament, its Fidesz group will still be the third strongest delegation within the European People’s Party (EPP), which itself has lost 40 seats.

However, with complex and difficult negotiations ahead, it is too early to predict the composition of the next European Commission.

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