Fortunes of ruling parties flag across a continent

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Hans Peter Martin, the MP who uncovered the lavish allowances at the EU, was the big winner with 14 percent of the vote

AUSTRIA

Hans Peter Martin, the MP who uncovered the lavish allowances at the EU, was the big winner with 14 percent of the vote.

BELGIUM

Belgium's ruling government of Liberals and Socialists showed modest gains. Conservatives and the far-right would also gain.

CYPRUS

A high turnout of 71 per cent saw four of the six seats won by parties opposed to the UN reunification plan for the island.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Heavy defeat for governing coalition of Prime Minister Vladimir Spidla with strong showing by Eurosceptics.

DENMARK

The country's 14 seats look set to go mostly to the Social Democrats in a vote against Anders Fogh Rasmussen's Liberal Party.

ESTONIA

Social Democrats took three of the six EU assembly seats, led by former foreign minister Ivar Padar, Toomas Hendrik and Marianne Mikko.

FINLAND

Former PM Anneli Jaatteenmaki, drew the most votes as his Centre Party and the conservative National Coalition Party won four seats.

FRANCE

The Socialists soundly defeated President Jacques Chirac's conservative party, with a record number of abstentions in the poll.

GERMANY

Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's party slumped to its worst score since the Second World War over economic reforms.

GREECE

A significant win for the New Democracy Party received about 45 per cent of the vote. Complete results were expected early Monday.

HUNGARY

The opposition Fidesz-Hungarian Civic Union took12 seats, three more than the governing Socialist Party, according to earlyresults.

IRELAND

Prime Minister Bertie Ahern's ruling Fianna Fail party suffered its worst election result, while Sinn Fein achieved a breakthrough.

ITALY

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suffered losses, with his government being punished for Iraq. He wasedged out by left-wing parties.

LATVIA

Exit polls indicated that nationalist parties were likely to make a strong showing by exploiting voter fears of immigration.

LITHUANIA

The Populist Labor Party, founded by Viktor Uspasky, an ethnic Russian millionaire, dominated elections of 13 new members.

LUXEMBOURG

The Christian Democrats of Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker took almost 40 per cent of the vote with the Socialists in second.

MALTA

The Nationalist Party, which had backed entry to the EU, conceded that the Labour party would win most of the island's five seats.

NETHERLANDS

Centre-right coalition, led by PM Jan Peter Balkenende, had a setback, with the Socialists and an EU whistleblower making gains.

POLAND

The ruling left-wing party were pushed into third place behind the pro-EU centrists and Catholic League of Polish Families.

PORTUGAL

Overwhelming victory for the Socialistsover the Conservative coalition government, with a projected 44.5 per cent of the vote.

SLOVAKIA

Early results show a large support for right-wing parties. Turnout was at a record low of 27.6 per cent.

SLOVENIA

The right-wing New Slovenia party scooped 23.2 per cent of the votes.

SPAIN

Voters rewarded new Socialist government for pulling troops out of Iraq.

SWEDEN

Governing Social Democrats' result overshadowed by Eurosceptic June List.

UNITED KINGDOM

UK Independence Party finished third behind Labour, with the Tories top.

Anne Penketh

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