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BRUSSELS – Right wing parties targeted gains in EU parliamentary elections Sunday, though voter apathy and extremist groups could take the gilt off their victory in recession-hit Europe.
Voters from 19 out of the 27 EU nations — including France, Germany, Italy and Spain — cast ballots on the fourth and final day of polling.
Opinion and exit polls suggested poor turnout which could favour extremist parties, though it would not upset the balance in the new 736-seat assembly.
"Tonight is a very difficult evening for Socialists in many nations in Europe," Martin Schulz, the leader of the Socialists in the European Parliament, told party faithful in Brussels via video link from Berlin. "(We will) continue to fight for social democracy in Europe."
Many Socialists ran campaigns that slammed center-right leaders for failing to rein in financial markets and spend enough to stimulate faltering economies.
Graham Watson, leader of the EU's center-right Liberal Democrat grouping, said early results suggested a rejection of the Socialist approach.
"People don't want a return to socialism and that's why the majority here will be a center-right majority," he said.