[View the story \u201c8 things we learnt from EU elections\u201d on Storify]8 things we learnt from EU electionsSo what did we learn from the European Parliament elections? Below euronews picks out a few of the most important \u2013 and quirky \u2013 statistics.Storified by euronews\u00b7 Tue, May 27 2014 18:59:38\n1. BBC is damned if it does, damned if it does\u00a0not.Some often\u00a0blame the UK\u2019s national broadcaster for being biased in its coverage in favour of the \u2018liberal, multicultral, metropolitan elite\u2019.Vital that the new BBC Trust Chairman represents licence payers not the left wing metropolitan elite which dominates the BBCRobert WinfieldSo did it come in for\u00a0criticism for backing the UK\u2019s pro-EU party, the Liberal Democrats?\u00a0\nNo \u2013 this time it was savaged for giving too much air\u00a0time to UKIP. It included satire (see below) and a live lambasting by Scotland\u2019s first minister Alex Salmond.\nBar chart showing media attention for each party is first bar chart visible from space #EP2014 http://t.co/L6BNHy3u0eDavid SchneiderThe criticism about the BBC\u2019s coverage, came after the corporation suspended a journalist for this tweet:BBC journalist, Jasmine Lawrence, showing BBC impartiality to be a complete joke. http://t.co/CuiQ5mHocFJon2. The vast majority of regions in France backed the far-right party Front Naitonal. It polled highest in every region, except Paris and the west, according to this graphic.Europ\u00e9ennes : les r\u00e9sultats DANS VOTRE VILLE \u00e0 voir ici >>http://t.co/u6J0PGZPpF #EP2014 http://t.co/iZFBzo0ZckLe Parisien\u201cBut if I want to have a group in the European Parliament I will have to get along with foreigners\u201dLe FN en t\u00eate, oui, mais maintenant? Mon dessin du jour sur http://t.co/aOEH6NJpzt http://t.co/SsARqTgqgN http://t.co/bJP2AhpEuaMathilde Tournier3.\u00a0Far-right and anti-EU parties got around a quarter of the vote in UK, France and Denmark. It was just 8% in Germany.Les extr\u00eames droites :\n25% France\n23% Danemark\n22% Royaume-Uni\n20% Autriche\n15% Hongrie\n13% Finlande\n12% Gr\u00e8ce\n(via @OlivierDrot) #EP2014Europ\u00e9ennes 20144. Authorities in the UK need to be careful about where they put signs to polling stations\u00a0(\u2018sitting on the fence\u2019 is an English expression for someone unwilling to make a decision)Fair enough #EP2014 http://t.co/C5yYajsITVLord Skip VC 5. Election coverage was dominated by the swing to Euroscepticism \u2013 but the centre right group, EPP, still dominates the European Parliament.\n\nBut, that said, the centre-right EPP lost 61 seats, compared with 2009. Others \u2013 made up of far-right and far-left politicians \u2013 increased by 64.\u00a06. There are always winners and losers from US-style television debates \u2013 but not quite as much as in the UK.\nNigel Farage, leader of anti-EU party UKIP,\u00a0went head-to-head with Nick Clegg, leader of pro-Europe party the Liberal Democrats, in live television debate prior to the elections.\nNick Clegg vs Nigel Farage, Europe debate 1 (26Mar14)liarpoliticians2The consensus at the time was that Farage had triumphed \u2013 but did anyone imagine quite how much?\nCompare the results:\n\nUKIP won 27.5% of the vote and their victory was\u00a0the first time since the general election of 1906 that a party other than Labour or the Conservatives has topped a national election. The following day party leader Farage hailed a breakthrough and said UKIP was now a \u2018national force\u2019.\n\nThe Liberal Democrats, who are in coalition government with the Conservatives, won just 7% of the vote, losing all but one of its 12 MEPs. The following day party leader Clegg faced calls from within his party to resign.7. Taking part in Brussels on behalf of your constituents doesn\u2019t reap rewards at the ballot box.\nUKIP leader Nigel Farage, according to figures from VoteWatch, took part in 42.97% of recorded votes in the European Parliament between 2009-2014. He was re-elected as an MEP to serve the south-east region of the UK.\n\nBill Newton Dunn, an MEP for the Liberal Democrats, participated in 95.35% of recorded votes. He failed to get re-elected for his East Midlands constituency.8. Enthusiasm for the EU is low \u2013 despite spin to the contrary.\nA statement statement on the European Parliament eleciton website reads: \u201cWhat is very clear is that\u00a0the long trend of falling participation in the vote has been reversed\u201d.\u00a0Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt has also sought to highlight the same point.\nBut the EU\u2019s own statistics reveal turnout was 43.09% in 2014. It was 43% in 2009.\n\nMore figures from the EU suggest Europe is unpopular. Its own Eurobarometer survey reveals 59% said tend\u00a0not to trust the EU.