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Dutch animal-lovers and Swedish Pirates win parliament seats

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Dutch animal-lovers and Swedish Pirates win parliament seats


Dutch animal-lovers turned out to vote for the Dutch Animals Protection party in the European Parliament elections.  The party won 3.5% of the Dutch vote meaning that they maintain their 2 seats at the EU Parliament. 
The MEPs work on issues such as environmental enrichment for factory-reared pigs, as well as pan-European legislation to protect domestic animals, and ban items made from cat fur from being imported into the EU.
Sceptics Advance in Austria
The Austrian liberal and Euro-sceptic party “Liste Martin” has improved their performance in the EU elections, picking up an extra 4% of the vote to win a total of 18.2%. 
The Freedom Party (formerly lead by Jorg Heider) also picked up an extra 7.1% polling 12.9% and the party he founded, “The Alliance for the Future” picked up 4.8% in order to poll 4.8% indicating a definite shift towards the Euro-sceptic extreme right.
Turnout hits rock bottom
Across the EU voter turnout hit a historic low of 43%.  Turnout in the last EU elections in 2004 was 45.4%. 
Eurosceptics make gains in Finland
To the dismay of the national government, nationalist anti-immigration, eurosceptic party PS (True Fins) has increased their share of the vote to 10% (up from 0.5% in 2004) for the European Parliament, whilst the ruling centre right parties have seen their share decrease. 
This means that one of Finland’s 13 seats in the European Parliament will go to the True Fins party. 
Pirates win in Sweden
The Swedish PP (Pirate’s Party) has won 7.4% of the vote in the elections for the European Parliament, according to exit polls meaning they will have a seat in the EU parliament.  The party aims to legalise internet downloading. 
UK BNP wins 2 seats
Nick Griffin, talking after his party the facist British National Party won a seat in the European Parliament, declared that his party is anti-Muslim, anti-EU and pro-traditional Christian values.  He says that the UK should be a Chrstian country, although he admits that he is not a church-goer.  He claims that the presence of the BNP in the European Parliament can change the face of European politics, wants to take the UK out of Europe and wants to close the door to continuing immigration.
Membership of the BNP is, according to Nick Griffin, open to everyone who is “indiginous” to the UK.
He was even more vociferous when he won a seat at the EU parliament for himself, promising to dig up enough corruption in the EU parliament’s library to send several MEPs to jail.

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