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The European Parliament chamber in Brussels was transformed into a state-of-the-art media centre for election night. But the voter turnout was not very impressive. Less than half of the 388 million EU citizens eligible to vote did so. In Slovakia just 13% of the electorate cast their vote. In France the far-right National Front party topped the poll as did Britain's UKIP. Both parties want their countries out of the EU.
As the EU's economic crash drags on into a sixth year, eurosceptic candidates from across the 28-member bloc won seats. Pro-EU parties will still hold the majority of seats in the European Parliament but it has been suggested that the mainstream parties should not ignore the eurosceptics when forming political groupings within the parliament. By not voting at all or by voting for euro-skeptic candidates, millions of citizens have made it clear that they believe the European Union is dysfunctional. Critics say the European Parliament lacks real power as all of the key decisions affecting citizens are made by the European Commission and heads of state at the European Council. The question now is; can the new European Parliament restore public faith in the European Union project during its five-year term.