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British, Dutch voters kick off fraught European election

Published on May 22, 2014 2:29 PM
 
Far-right politician Geert Wilders of the anti-immigration Dutch Freedom (PVV) Party votes during the European Parliament elections, in an elementary school in the Hague on May 22, 2014. Britain and the Netherlands go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, 2014, starting the ball rolling on elections to the European parliament that are expected to see a swing towards populist right-wing parties. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Britain and the Netherlands go to the polls on Thursday, starting the ball rolling on elections to the European parliament that are expected to see a swing towards populist right-wing parties.

The elections, which began at 0530 GMT in the Netherlands and are spread over four days in the EU's 28 member states, are expected to see major gains for parties bent on dismantling the European Union from the inside.

"I believe in Europe, but I think there are far too many rules coming from Brussels," Margreet de Jonge, 63, told AFP as she cast her ballot in The Hague, echoing the view of many that the EU has become a bloated bureaucracy.

When the results are announced from 2100 GMT on Sunday, eurosceptic parties may top the polls in Britain, France, Italy and the Netherlands.

 
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