Brussels, May 26 (EFE).- The blocs that have traditionally dominated the European Parliament lost ground as many voters in the 28 European Union countries threw their support behind anti-EU parties, including some groups that espouse racist and neo-Nazi views.
Turnout on Sunday was just over 43 percent, about the same as in 2009.
With 212 seats, the center-right European People's Party remains the largest formation despite losing 62 spots. While the Socialists & Democrats have 187 and the centrist ALDE garnered 72 seats.
The results leave the mainstream blocs with a majority in the 751-seat body, but their differences will make it hard for them to reach consensus on key issues.
The Greens held steady at 55 seats, followed by the right-wing Conservative and Reformist group with 45 and the left formation with 43.
Europe of Freedom and Democracy, a far-right group, came away with 36 seats, a gain of four over 2009.
In France, the anti-immigrant, anti-EU National Front outpolled the governing Socialists and the conservative opposition to increase its presence in the European Parliament from three seats to 22.
Britain witnessed a similar scene, as the U.K. Independence Party, which advocates withdrawal from the EU, topping both the ruling Conservatives and Labor to take 24 seats, up 11 from the previous election.
Germany's neo-Nazi NPD picked up one seat, though its future is in doubt amid a legal bid to have the organization outlawed.
Golden Dawn, a Greek neo-Nazi outfit, appeared to have won three seats in the European Parliament.