EU citizens have decided – the conservative EPP will remain the largest group in the new European Parliament, having won 180 seats out of 751. They will be followed by centre-left S&D (146 seats) and the new liberal group around French President Emmanuel Macron (109 seats) and Greens (69 seats). The big winners of these elections are the Eurosceptic and far-right parties (ENF/Salvini’s coalition and EFDD (Brexit Party and 5Stars) who have increased their combined share of seats to 112. (These numbers are based on official coalitions as they stand on Monday 27 May and may still change in the coming days/weeks where national parties change their affiliation in the European groups, Ed.)

The reshuffle has led to a new power balance, in which centrist parties may need to seek different coalitions on the different legislative files. Take a look below at the different parties’ positions on key topics, such as climate, digitization and health. On which points do most parties agree, and where can we expect a tough discussion? 

For an analysis on the new power balance and coalition building, read our analysis of the morning-after.

All positions are determined on the basis of the official manifestos of political groups. Groups without a manifesto are not included in the analysis and their seats appear as dark grey. Political parties who do not yet form part of an official group but are expected to gain more than 10 seats have also been included in the analysis, based on their own manifesto where that was available (not available for parties such as Lega Nord and UK Brexit Party). 

By hovering over the infographic, the position of the party/group will appear. 


The EU should impose a CO2 tax on products and/or companies.

The EU should be carbon neutral by 2050.

The EU should invest more to become a leader in sustainable transport.


The EU should continue to pursue free trade agreements.

Environmental and human rights protection should be a condition to conclude trade agreements


The EU should support "European industrial champions".

The EU internal market should be strengthened and deepened.


Digital platforms should be further regulated.

The EU should impose a digital tax on big digital companies.

The EU should invest more in emerging technologies such as AI.


The EU should take stronger action in securing equal and fast access to medicines.

The EU should increase funding for health research.