Millions to vote in EU elections’ super Sunday, with polls suggesting shift to the right

People walk past elections posters for the European elections in Frankfurt, Germany, June 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
People walk past elections posters for the European elections in Frankfurt, Germany, June 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Voting begins across Europe on the final — and biggest — day of marathon EU elections, with balloting due in 21 countries, including France and Germany, where support for surging far-right parties is being tested.

Official results of the elections, which are held every five years and began in the Netherlands on Thursday, cannot be published before the last polling stations in the 27 EU nations close — those in Italy at 11 p.m. (2100 GMT). Unofficial estimates are due to trickle in from 1615 GMT.

The polls also mark the beginning of a period of uncertainty for the Europeans and their international partners.

Beyond the wrangling to form political groups and establish alliances inside parliament, governments will compete to secure top EU jobs for their national officials.

Chief among them is the presidency of the powerful executive branch, the European Commission, which proposes laws and watches to ensure they are respected. The commission also controls the EU’s purse strings, manages trade and is Europe’s competition watchdog.

Other plum posts are those of European Council president, who chairs summits of presidents and prime ministers, and EU foreign policy chief, the bloc’s top diplomat.

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