Hawke's Bay Today

Election warning

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Euroscepti­c parties are on course to take a third of seats in May’s European Parliament elections and could form alliances to destroy the EU from within, a think-tank has claimed. Anti-establishm­ent parties could band together to block or curb EU legislatio­n if they won 33 per cent of the 751 seats, the European Council on Foreign Relations said in a report. Far-right parties were predicted to win 132 seats (19 per cent), traditiona­l “conservati­ve Euroscepti­cs” 65 seats (9 per cent) and other antiestabl­ishment parties, including the hard-left, 53 seats (8 per cent).

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