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EU To Reexamine Policies Following Vote

European Union leaders have agreed to reexamine policy priorities after European Parliamentary elections saw fringe parties make significant gains in the bloc's legislative chamber.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said "voters sent a strong message", following a meeting of EU leaders on May 27 in Brussels.

Van Rompuy said that now that Europe was emerging from economic crisis, there was a need for an agenda of growth, jobs and competitiveness.

French President Francois Hollande said Europe must draw lessons from his own country's elections, in which almost one in four French voters cast ballots for the far-right National Front party.

Across Europe, extreme parties on the left and right made large gains in the recent elections, a result, analysts say, of public anger with Brussels over austerity, mass unemployment and immigration.

With reporting from AFP
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