Jean-Claude Juncker staked a claim to the European Commission presidency after his Europe-wide party won parliamentary elections, setting up a potential clash with national government leaders over the high-profile post. Protest parties racked up gains across the 28-nation European Union in elections to the bloc’s parliament, turning the assembly designed to unite Europe into an echo chamber for politicians who want to tear it apart.
The anti-establishment wave hit hardest in France, Greece and the U.K., undermining the leaders of those countries and making it more difficult to steer the EU as a whole. In all, anti-establishment parties won 30% of the Europe-wide vote, up from 20% in the current Parliament, according to official EU projections late yesterday.
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