As voting draws to an end across the European Union, The Sofia Globe brings you exit polls from EU member states as they become available. For exit polls from Bulgaria, visit our story here.
* In Germany, chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU (EPP) leads with 36.1 per cent of the vote, according to the exit polls published by public broadcaster ZDF. Merkel’s grand coalition partners SPD (PES) are second with 27.5 per cent, followed by the Greens with 10.6 per cent. Left-wing Die Linke are set to win 7.6 per cent and the right-wing AfD – 6.5 per cent.
* In France, far-right Front National leads with 25.7 per cent of the vote, followed by the opposition centre-right party UMP (EPP) on 20.7 per cent, according to an Ipsos exit-poll. President Francois Hollande’s Socialist party (PES) are third with 15 per cent, followed by the centrist MoDem-UDI coalition with 9.7 per cent and the Greens with 8.8 per cent.
* In the UK, Euroskeptics Ukip won 29 per cent of the vote, according to results carried by the BBC. Labour (PES) won 24.2 per cent, edging out the Conservatives on 23.7 per cent. The Greens won 7.6 per cent and the Liberal-Democrats (ALDE) had 6.8 per cent.
* In Italy, early projections put the centre-left Democratic Party (PES) in the lead with 29-32.5 per cent, followed by Beppe Grillo’s Euroskeptic M5S on 25-28 per cent, while centre-right Forza Italia (EPP) was credited with 18-20 per cent.
* In Spain, the centre-right PP (EPP) won with 26 per cent of the vote, ahead of the socialist PSOE (PES) on 23 per cent, according to partial results announced by the country’s election authorities. The United Left coalition (GUE/NGL) was third with 10 per cent and the left-wing Podemos party had eight per cent.
* In Poland, the ruling Civic Platform party (EPP) edged ahead of the main opposition, the centre-right Law and Justice party, by 32.8 per cent to 31.8 per cent, according to an Ipsos exit poll. The centre-left SLD (PES) was third on 9.6 per cent, with Euroskeptics KNP receiving 7.2 per cent and the centre-right PSL (EPP) getting seven per cent.
* In Romania, ruling Social-Democrats are set to win in a land-slide, with 41 per cent per cent, according to an exit poll published by public broadcaster TVR. The National-Liberals (ALDE) were second with 14.9 per cent and the Democrat-Liberals (EPP) had 11.8 per cent. The ethnic Hungarian party UDMR had 7.1 per cent and new centre-right party PMP had 6.7 per cent.
* In Greece, left-wing Syriza (GUE/NGL) is seen coming in first with 26-30 per cent of the vote, but not get the decisive victory it sought, as ruling centre-right party New Democracy (EPP) is set to receive 23-27 per cent. Controversial far-right party Golden Dawn is running third, with 8-10 per cent of the vote, ahead of the socialists from Pasok (PES), who are set to receive 7-9 per cent.
* In Hungary, centre-right ruling party Fidesz (EPP) won by a landslide, with 51.5 per cent of the votes, according to official results. Controversial far-right party Jobbik was second with 14.7 per cent and socialists MSZP (PES) had 10.9 per cent, narrowly edging ahead of the splinter Democratic Coalition, headed by former socialist prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány, which won 9.8 per cent.
* In Austria, centre-right ÖVP (EPP) leads with 27.1 per cent, ahead of centre-right SPÖ (PES) with 23.8 per-cent. Right-wing FPÖ is credited with 20.1 per cent and the Greens are set to win 14.6 per cent, while the liberal party Neos will send its first MEP to Brussels after winning 8.3 per cent of the vote.
* In Ireland, centre-right Fine Gael (EPP) and Fianna Fáil (ALDE) were tied with about 22 per cent each, according to an exit poll published by public broadcaster RTE. Left-wing Sinn Féin received 17 per cent, while Labour and the Greens were credited with about six per cent each.
* In Sweden, the Social-Democrats (PES) were top with 23.7 per cent, followed by the Greens on 17.1 per cent. The centre-right Moderate Party (EPP) had 13 per cent, the Liberal People’s Party (ALDE) had 9.5 per cent and the Left Party (GUE/NGL) was set to receive 8.1 per cent.
* In Denmark, the Euroskeptic Danish People’s Party leads with 23.1 per cent, ahead of the ruling Social-Democrats (PES) on 20.5 per cent. Liberal party Venstre (ALDE) was third with 17.2 per cent and the Socialists (GUE/NGL) had 11.9 per cent.
* In Finland, the centre-right Kokoomus party (EPP) led with 22.1 per cent, followed by the Centre Party (ALDE), according to the forecast published by broadcaster YLE. The right-wing Finns Party got 12.9 per cent, edging ahead of the Social Democrats on 12.4 per cent, while the Left Alliance and the Greens got 9.4 per cent each.
* In Estonia, the centre-right Reform party (ALDE) leads with 35.4 per cent, ahead of the Centre party (ALDE) on 32.6 per cent, according to preliminary results. The centre-right IRL party (EPP) is third with 20.3 per cent, followed by the Social-Democrats (PES) on 19.8 per cent.
* In Latvia, the centre-right Unity party (EPP) won by a large margin, getting 46.2 per cent of the votes, according to preliminary results. The right-wing National Alliance was second with 14.2 per cent, followed by the coalition around the Social-Democrats (GUE/NGL) on 13 per cent.
* In the Czech Republic, the centre-right ruling coalition partner ANO 2011 led with 16.1 per cent, ahead of centre-right opposition party TOP 09 (EPP), which received 16 per cent. Social-Democrats ČSSD (PES) ran third with 14.2 per cent, ahead of the communist party KSČM (GUE/NGL) on 11 per cent and centre-right KDU–ČSL (EPP) on 10 per cent.
* In Slovakia, the ruling centre-left party Smer (PES) was in the lead with 24.1 per cent, according to early estimates quoted by the Slovak Spectator. Centre-right KDH and SDKÚ (EPP) were next with 13.2 per cent and 7.8 per cent, respectively.
* In Slovenia, centre-right parties lead – SDS (EPP) and the coalition between the People’s Party and New Slovenia (EPP) were top with 24.6 per cent and 15.2 per cent, respectively. New party Verjamem is third with 10.6 per cent, followed by pensioners party Desus with 9.1 per cent and the Social-Democrats with 7.9 per cent.
* In Croatia, the coalition around centre-right party HDZ (EPP) appears to have won by a large margin, with 41.3 per cent, according to the first results published by the country’s electoral authority. The ruling coalition, spearheaded by the centre-left SDP (PES), had 29.9 per cent and Orah (Greens) had 9.4 per cent.
* In Cyprus, centre-right DISY (EPP) was in the lead with 37.7 per cent, followed by left-wing AKEL (GUE/NGL) on 26.5 per cent. Centrist Democratic Party (PES) was third on 10.7 per cent and the Greens received 7.9 per cent.
* In Malta, the Labour party (PES) won with 53.3 per cent against 40.1 per cent for the Nationalist party (EPP), according to preliminary results.
* In Belgium, the New Flemish Alliance (Greens) won 18.5 per cent, according to provisional results. The Flemish centre-right CDV (EPP) and Open VLD (ALDE) each got about 13.8 per cent each, followed by the Francophone socialists (PES) on nine per cent and Reformist Movement (ALDE) on 8.9 per cent.
* In Luxembourg, the opposition centre-right party CSV (EPP) won by a large margin, with 37.7 per cent, according to official results. The Greens were second with 15 per cent, narrowly beating the Democratic Party (ALDE) on 14.8 per cent.
* In Portugal, the Socialist Party was in the lead with 30-34 per cent, followed by the centre-right Alianca Portugal coalition between the Social-Democrats and CDS-PP (EPP) on 25-29 per cent. Left-wing CDU got 12-15 per cent and the Greens from MPT were set to receive 7-8 per cent, according to the exit poll published by public broadcaster RTP.