Expect haggling for top EU positions

European governments likely to claw back powers from newly elected Parliament

The elections for the European Parliament being staged in all the 28 European Union member states are among the biggest in the world, with more than 400 million people entitled to vote.

With pressing issues such as a general economic slowdown, a continuous migrant crisis and the rise of fringe parties of both the extreme right and left of the political spectrum, the ballots provide a crucial indicator for the future of Europe.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2019, with the headline 'Expect haggling for top EU positions'. Subscribe