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The European parliament is about to undergo profound change—with consequences for the whole continent

The upcoming elections will recast the balance of MEPs and populists stand to gain most

By Simon Hix  

Photo: Olle Sporrong/EXP/TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

The European Parliament elections are fast approaching, where 28 countries will head to the polls to select their MEPs. All UK attention is on the domestic political implications. Will the Brexit Party triumph? Why are we holding elections when we voted Leave in 2016?

But there is an equally important, even wider question: what will these elections mean for the EU? Here, the answer is worth digging into in some detail. The result could shake up the bloc’s traditional political groupings and change the direction of the policy agenda…

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