Where do the elections leave Europe's nationalists? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Where do the elections leave Europe's nationalists?

It had been portrayed as a day of reckoning between pro-European and anti-European forces - between those who want greater integration, and those who want to retreat into their nation states.

The European Parliament election results, however, tell the story of a much more fragmented European Union, where mainstream parties on both the left and the right are losing voters' confidence - a trend that reflects European national politics in the past few years.

Nationalist parties took home impressive results in countries such as Italy, France, Belgium, Hungary and Poland.

"The result was mixed for nationalists as they are for other forces," Doru Frantescu, CEO of Brussels-based think-tank Votewatch Europe, told Al Jazeera.

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