Few in Europe know the name of their European Parliament MEP (Member of Parliament)? Those who do not know can view this EU directory, which at the time of this posting does not yet reflect the elections just held for the European Parliament.
The Germany Missions in the United States at Germany.info provide a superbly informative article - 27 Nations, One Election - on those elections, calling them "the biggest transnational elections in history". Take a look.
The BBC has a country by country analysis of the election results and we show below the fairly final but still officially provisional EU Election Results for all 27 Countries who elected 736 Members of Parliament (MEPs) representing 492 million European inhabitants (there are 375 million eligible voters):
|EPP||PES||ALDE||UEN||GREENS/ EFA||GUE/ NGL||IND/ DEM||Others||Total|
There are seven main political parties - plus others - represented in the European Parliament, with the provisional 2009 election results listed next to each party together with their 2004 election results:
- EPP [centre-right]: Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) - 264 seats based on 35.9% of the vote in 2009 as opposed to 36.7% of the vote in 2004
- PES [centre-left]: Socialist Group in the European Parliament - 161 seats based on 21.9% of the vote in 2009 as opposed to 27.6% in 2004 (according to the European Voice that number increases to 182 as "The Socialist group in the European Parliament has formed an alliance with the Italian Democratic Party (DP), a move that increases the grouping's MEPs by 21, to 182.... The grouping will be known as the Alliance of Socialists and Democrats for Europe (ASDE)."
- ALDE : Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe - 80 seats based on 10.9% of the vote in 2009 as opposed to 12.7% in 2004
- GREENS/ EFA : Group of the Greens / European Free Alliance - 53 seats based on 7.2% of the vote in 2009 as opposed to 5.5% in 2004
- UEN : Union for Europe of the Nations Group - 35 seats based on 4.8% of the vote in 2009 as opposed to 5.6% in 2004
- GUE/ NGL : Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left - 32 seats based on 4.3% of the vote in 2009 as opposed to 5.2% in 2004
- IND/ DEM : Independence/Democracy Group - 18 seats based on 2.4% of the vote in 2009 as opposed to 2.8% in 2004
- Others (including the British National Party, the Czech ODS and British Tories) - 93 seats based on 12.6% of the vote in 2009 as opposed to 3.8% in 2004