Brussels — Eurosceptic populists will make gains in the European Parliament's elections in May, but mainstream political groups should be able to maintain a working majority, a broad voter survey showed on Monday. Forces loyal to Italy’s hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini and far-right French politician Marine le Pen will make gains, according to an analysis of national opinion polls put together by the parliament. The European People’s Party — usually described as a centre-right conservative group but also including MEPs from populist Hungarian premier Victor Orban’s party — is on course to remain the biggest voting bloc. And, with the Socialists and Democrats as the second force, the traditional parties of the centre will remain the largest in the new parliament. The survey forecast that the EPP will lose 34 seats and the Socialists 51 seats but retain 183 seats and 135 seats respectively. The new parliament will have 705 seats, down from the current 751 seats because of Br...

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