Polling stations open for EU elections

Some 13 million Dutch and other European voters go to the polls in the Netherlands today to elect 25 members of the European parliament.

British voters are also voting on Thursday, with the rest of Europe following over the next few days.
Despite calls to keep the results of the Dutch ballot secret until Sunday, exit polls will be published shortly after the polls close at 9pm.
However, because voting computers have been banned because of privacy fears, the actual votes will once again have to be counted by hand.
Opinion polls predict losses for the established parties, with the exception of the staunchly pro-European Liberal Democrats D66. Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam PVV is forecast to win up to four seats in its poll debut.
Yesterday some 15,000 school pupils at 140 schools took part in a mock election for the EU parliament. The PVV emerged as the winner with 19.2% of the vote, followed by Labour on 18.6%, the right-wing Liberals and Christian Democrats.
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