European elections results 2019

2:51 p.m. ET, May 26, 2019

Le Pen says Macron's only choice now is to dissolve the National Assembly

Following the announcement that the National Rally was set to finish on top in France, its president Marine Le Pen appeared triumphant in a speech, calling for President Emmanuel Macon to dissolve parliament.

"He has no other choice to dissolve the National Assembly and choosing a voting system that is more democratic and finally representative of the real opinion of the country," Le Pen said.
Far-right National Party leader Marine Le Pen delivers a speech at the campaign headquarters, Sunday, May 26.
Far-right National Party leader Marine Le Pen delivers a speech at the campaign headquarters, Sunday, May 26. Associated Press

Jordan Bardella, who's the leader of the National Rally, also spoke shortly after the estimates were announced -- calling it a "popular burst against the established power that suffers a real failure today."

“It’s a lesson in humility for the president. Tonight, it's is him, and his policies, that are rejected,” Bardella said, referring to Macron. “It shows the EU must radically change its economic, social and migration policies.”

2:18 p.m. ET, May 26, 2019

Highest voter turnout in the EU elections in 20 years, according to preliminary results

The European Parliament has said that this year's election will be the highest in at least 20 years at 51%, according to preliminary results.

That's based on 27 EU countries, which excludes the UK. Pending on the UK's turnout, the turnout could be between 49-52%.

2:23 p.m. ET, May 26, 2019

French populists come out on top -- exit polls

Marine Le Pen's populist National Rally party has come out on top in the European elections in France, according to exit polls. Those results will be a major blow to pro-EU President Emmanuel Macron and his party La République En Marche.

Le Pen's National Rally is estimated to have received 23.2% of the vote, while Macron's received 21.9%.

Le Pen was Macron's rival in the final round of the 2017 French presidential election. That election was seen a binary choice between the far-right and a pro-European.

French far-right National Rally president Le Pen leaves the polling booth to cast her vote for the European Parliament.
French far-right National Rally president Le Pen leaves the polling booth to cast her vote for the European Parliament. DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images

1:52 p.m. ET, May 26, 2019

Ireland's Green Party to take its first seats in EU parliament in 20 years

Ireland's Green Party has also made big gains this year, according to estimates provided by the EU. They party is set to take the first seats it's held in the EU parliament in 20 years.

Meanwhile, Taoisearch Leo Varadkar's Fine Gael Party (FG) is leading estimates with 29% of votes -- which is double the amount of support that any other party has received.

Ireland will be allocated a total of 11 seats in parliament, however once the UK leaves the EU it will increase to 13.

Leo Varadkar pictured on May 24 as he prepared to vote in the European Elections.
Leo Varadkar pictured on May 24 as he prepared to vote in the European Elections. PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

1:31 p.m. ET, May 26, 2019

Populists fare badly in the Netherlands

As previously projected, Dutch Labor Party PvDa of European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans is coming first in the Netherlands at 18.10%. That's double the amount of votes it received in the 2014 EU election.

It's a surprise victory for Timmermans, whose Euroskeptic challenger Thierry Baudet -- who has been described as the "suave new face of Dutch right-wing populism" -- had been topping the polls in this year's election.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Mark Rutte's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) has received 15%, the centrist Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) received 12.30% and Baudet's far-right Forum for Democracy (FvD) is fourth at 11%.

Voter turnout was also higher this year in the Netherlands, according to statistics published by the European Parliament. See what turnout has been like since 1979 below:

Voter turnout by year in the Netherlands
Voter turnout by year in the Netherlands European Parliament

1:11 p.m. ET, May 26, 2019

Greens surge in Germany a 'signal for climate protection'

Germany's Greens have celebrated to their surge in the Germany polls in the European parliamentary elections by calling it a "signal for more climate protection."

The Greens celebrate as exit poll are announced on public broadcast TV stations during the election evening on May 26
The Greens celebrate as exit poll are announced on public broadcast TV stations during the election evening on May 26 TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images

Sven Giegold, a MEP from the party said the Greens would "carry the voice of the climate movement from the streets to Parliament and work for European cohesion."

"Today was a Sunday for future, it was an election of choice and people have chosen climate control and a Europe of solidarity."

While top candidate Sven Giegold said they took the results "as an assignment to finally take action" on climate.

12:53 p.m. ET, May 26, 2019

Reform Europe, or it will "die from inside"

Early exit polls suggest that one of tonight's narratives could be a surge in support for parties that are pro-European but also pro-EU reform.

Earlier this week, CNN's Luke McGee interviewed Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the Alliance of Democrats and Liberals for Europe. Verhofstadt warned that without reform, the European Union would "die from inside" and that this union, left as it is, "will not survive the 21st century. Read the full interview here.