07/08/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

EU Leaders Brace Themselves For Election Embarrassment

European governments braced themselves for electoral embarrassment on Sunday as recession-hit voters turned to protest parties or failed to cast ballots at all in elections to the European parliament.

In what was the largest multi-national ballot in history, voters in 19 EU countries went to the polls on the fourth and final day of an election in which the bloc's eight other states had voted between Thursday and Saturday.

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