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Guy Verhofstadt celebrates 'new balance of power' in EU Parliament

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Guy Verhofstadt speaks at the European election results night
Guy Verhofstadt speaks at the European election results night   -   Copyright  REUTERS
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Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), celebrated a "historic" European election night, which he claimed will change the "balance of power".

Preliminary results signalled a strong showing for his liberal party, and he vowed to push for a "more ambitious Europe".

The Liberal and Democrat grouping were on course to win 101 seats, with the traditionally dominant centre-right and socialist blocs losing their majority in the European Parliament.

"This evening is a historical moment because there will be a new balance of power in the European Parliament," he said, addressing the European parliament in Brussels as the election results came in.

Verhofstadt again signalled his intention to form a new group within the the EU Parliament by allying his ALDE group with French President Emmanuel Macron's La Republique En Marche party, along with other "reform-driven parties".

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