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Europe's political map fragments as smaller, fringe movements advance

Mainstream parties suffer but much-feared anti-immigrant wave still being kept in check

With counting for the European Parliament elections concluded throughout the 28 member states of the European Union, it is clear that mainstream, long-established political parties of both the left and right of the spectrum have lost heavily, as voters throughout the continent switched their loyalties to a variety of smaller and sometimes fringe movements.

Yet with the notable - if predictable - exception of Britain, most of those elected to serve in the new European Parliament remain ardent EU supporters. The much-feared wave of anti-immigrant and often outright racist political movement is still being kept in check.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2019, with the headline 'Europe's political map fragments as smaller, fringe movements advance'. Print Edition | Subscribe