Highlights: Europe votes for EU parliament

General view of the stage at Plenary Hall before the election night at the European Parliament, in Brussels, Belgium, May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Yves HermanBRUSSELS (Reuters) – Following are running highlights of the election to the European Parliament. Over 400 million people can vote in 28 countries, seven of which held ballots between Thursday and Saturday, with the remainder voting on Sunday (times GMT): 1745 – AUSTRIA – KURZ’S PARTY LEADS IN POLLS-BASED PROJECTION A polls-based projection showed the party of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz leading in the EU election Sunday, the day before he faces a no-confidence motion. The projection found support for Kurz’s party, the conservative People’s Party, at 34.5%, followed by the Social Democrats at 23.5% and the far-right Freedom Party at 17.5%. 1715 – TURNOUT UP IN MOST COUNTRIES Voter turnout was up from 2014 levels in many EU countries, including Germany and France. As of 1000 GMT, about 29% of Germans had voted, up from 26% in 2014. In France, turnout as of 1700 was up by about 8 percentage points at 43.29%. Turnout in Spain also rose by some 10 percentage points and it had already doubled in Poland as of 1000. Reporting by EU bureaux; Writing by Daphne PsaledakisOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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