The parties supporting Guy Verhofstadt's candidacy emerged on top of the polls in six Member States and ALDE therefore remains the third political force and kingmaker in the next European Parliament.
Taking stock of preliminary election results to the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, the ALDE group President underlined this morning:
“ALDE Member Parties emerged on top of the polls in six Member States and remains the third political force in the EU Assembly. Given the narrower gap between Christian Democrats and Socialists, ALDE’s continued role as kingmaker in Parliament is confirmed. We will seek to consolidate this position in the coming days and ensure that the future Parliament does not become a Trojan horse for euro-scepticism.”
“At the same time, Europe clearly needs to change its tune. That message at least is clear. I have been equally outspoken in my criticism of national complacency in responding to the financial crisis and have called incessantly for a radical change in thinking. We need to mobilise Europe’s scale and its Internal Market to stimulate a new growth spurt similar to that achieved with the original launch of the Single Market 30 years ago. This is no time to retreat behind our national borders and pander to populist scaremongering.“
Note to editors:
Countries where ALDE parties came top in the polls are Belgium, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland and Netherlands.
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