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Three German-Turkish politicians enter European Parliament

German and Turkish candidates from SPD, Free Voters and Left Party managed to win seats in EP.
27.05.2019 - 15:58

Three German-Turkish politicians have been elected to the European Parliament, according to the preliminary election results.

THREE GERMAN AND TURKISH POLITICIANS ELECTED EP

Social Democrat politician İsmail Ertuğ has managed to win a third term as a member of the European Parliament, despite his party’s poor performance in the elections. Engin Eroğlu, a prominent figure of the Free Voters, has won one of the two seats gained by the liberal-conservative moment in the European Parliament. The socialist Left Party’s lead candidate Özlem Alev Demirel, a Turkey-born politician, was also elected as an MEP.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative-left coalition government suffered huge losses in Sunday’s elections at the European Parliament, while the environmentalist and pro- immigration Green Party’s votes was at record high. According to the preliminary election results, Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU bloc won 29 of the Germany’s 96 seats at the European Parliament.

The SPD, after its worst showing in European elections, could only win 16 seats. The pro-European Green Party secured 21 seats at the parliament, up from 11 seats it had in the previous term. The opposition Left Party won 5 seats, while the far-right AfD secured 11 seats.