Small changes in the seat projections of the European Parliament were made public on Friday with the European People’s Party (EPP) and the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) combined numbers hitting a new low.
The EU’s largest political group continues to lose seats and is currently projected to win just 174 seats out of 705 in the new European Parliament. This amounts to six seats less than the 181 projected at the end of January, both of which are significantly lower than the 217 seats held by the EPP in the current parliament.
The S&D is experiencing the same downward trend. The latest projections suggest that the party will win only 135 seats in the May elections.
Eurosceptic parties remain divided into several groups and could see their combined numbers climb to as many as 250 MEPs. According to the projections, the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group, which includes Italy’s Lega (League) and France’s Parti National are on track to win 60 seats.
The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) is set to win 68 seats, with the possibility of the party being the European Parliament’s third-largest political force if French President Emmanuel Macron‘s En Marche party joins the group.
The Greens, whose moderate representation in the parliament is far less than the environmental buzz at an EU level, are polling well in Germany, but are projected to win just 45 seats.
The European Parliament is set to publish its third set of projections in two weeks. Initial exit polls will then be published on May 26.