Yesterday’s European elections have dramatically changed the European political landscape. We have won the most extra seats in the new Parliament (around 40) and will have more than a hundred seats. Both the S&D and the EPP lose and will not have a majority anymore. Without our support it will be impossible to form a solid pro-European coalition.
ALDE Group leader Guy Verhofstadt said: “We will use this victory to fight for our political priorities. No candidate has secured a majority in the European Parliament. The new balance of power in the European Parliament calls for a Commission President candidate that can build a robust majority way beyond partisan lines. Our new group will be open to consider all candidates that can gather the support of the political families that will compose the future governing majority.”
Verhofstadt expressed his satisfaction about the increased turn-out: “Europe is back. For the first time in 25 years the turn-out is higher than 50 percent again. That is very important for the legitimacy of the European Parliament.”