‘Perhaps they will revert to type, and their Eurotrash Tower of Babel will teeter and collapse.’  From left,  Matteo Salvini,  Harald Vilimsky, Marine Le Pen,  Geert Wilders and  Marcel de Graaff  address a joint news conference at the European Parliament in Brussels this week.  Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

The curious thing about last weekend’s European election result was how the narrative was fixed long before the first ballot was even cast. For months(...)

Europe’s final parliamentary seat was filled at sunrise in south Mayo yesterday when Independent MEP Marian Harkin edged out Fianna Fáil’s Pat the Cope Gallagher to retain her seat in the enlarged Midlands North-West constituency.

Europe’s final parliamentary seat was filled at sunrise in south Mayo yesterday when Independent MEP Marian Harkin edged out Fianna Fáil’s Pat the (...)

Independent MEP Marian Harkin celebrates with family and supporters after retaining her seat at the count for the European Parliament  North West Midlands constituency in the Royal Theatre,  Castlebar, Co Mayo this morning. Photograph:  Michael Donnelly

Ireland’s final European Parliament seat was filled in the early hours of this morning, when outgoing independent MEP Marian Harkin retained her seat (...)

Marian Harkin MEP at the count centre for the European elections in the Castlebar. Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan

One of the last of 751 seats in the new European Parliament still hung in the balance tonight, as over 660,000 votes in the Midlands-North West consti(...)

System not fit for purpose, says Darragh O’Brien , pictured above  with his father Padraig and Susan Maxwell. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland’s electoral system is not fit for purpose when the State is the last country in the EU still counting votes to fill European parliament seats(...)

Outgoing Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly: took third seat in Ireland South. Photograph: Eamonn Keogh.

Barry Roche, Southern Correspondent Fine Gael was last night celebrating a much needed morale boosting electoral victory when sitting MEP Sean Kelly f(...)

UKIP leader Nigel Farage. “I have just sat in a meeting [in the European parliament] where you would think nothing had happened at all, it was business as usual.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

EU leaders gathered in Brussels yesterday, two days after voters returned the highest number of anti-EU and extremist parties to the European Parliame(...)

Maireád McGuinness is congratulated by supporters after she took the second seat in the European Parliament for Midlands North-West. Photograph: Michael Donnelly

A full recheck of the count in the European Parliament election for Midlands North West has been announced after a dramatic eighth count after which o(...)

Sinn Féin’s part leader Gerry Adams celebrates with party members Michelle Gildernew, Martin McGuinness, deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and Martina Anderson (r) after topping the poll at the Kings Hall count centre, Belfast. Photograph: EPA/Paul McErlane

Northern Ireland’s three outgoing MEPs were returned to Brussels after a two-day count that left the North’s chief electoral officer proposing that fu(...)

Former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker  at a press conference in Brussels on Monday at which he said he  be the next European Commission president. A number of countries have major reservations about his possible appointment. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

And so it came to pass. The rise of political extremism evident in opinion polls across Europe for some months has manifested itself in the European e(...)