Far-right and Euroskeptic parties made sweeping gains in European Parliament elections Sunday - triggering what one prime minister called a political "earthquake" by those who want to slash the powers of the European Union or abolish it altogether.
In the incoming European Parliament, fringe parties will be able to exert more pressure on key topics, ranging from how liberal to make the internal European market for services or the proper mix of energy sources to which clauses should be scrapped in a proposed trade and investment agreement with the U.S.
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