More than 400 million Europeans were called to choose who will represent them in the European Parliament [Ermindo Armino/AP Images for Avaaz]

Brussels, Belgium – People across the European Union have cast their ballots on the last day of voting for the European Parliament elections, with early indications suggesting that the bloc’s only directly-elected body is shaping up to be more fragmented.

Provisional results on Sunday showed that the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) and the centre-left Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) together had the most seats, but not enough for a combined majority, while the Greens, Liberals and Eurosceptics – including far-right parties in countries such as France and Italy – made gains.

Turnout was at the highest in 20 years, at 50.5 percent,

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