The Greek turnout for the European Parliament elections was 58.7%, a slightly lower figure than the previous elections in 2014 (59.91%).
The conservative party New Democracy (EPP) secured over 33% of the vote, increasing their seats from 5 to 8, and beating the far-left ruling party Syriza (GUE/NGL), which only secured 23.8% and maintained its 6 seats. After these devastating results for the party, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a snap general election that will be held at the beginning of July, four months earlier than expected. Movement for Change (S&D) lost 2 seats while and Greece’s main Euroskeptic party, the neo-fascist Golden Dawn lost a considerable number of votes, from 9.4% in 2014 to 4.8% in 2019, securing only 2 seats.
Economic issues played a major role in the campaign. New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has pledged a restart of the economy, promising a lower tax for businesses and lower income tax on farmers. The agreement over the renaming of the Republic of North Macedonia last June might have also affected the ruling party Syriza. Although applauded internationally, the deal was highly criticised by the conservatives as part of their efforts to appeal to nationalist voters globally. As such, the New Democracy party is anticipated to win the next parliamentary elections in July.