BERLIN May 26 Chancellor Angela Merkel said on
Monday she was surprised and dismayed by the strength of some
far-right and populist parties in the European Parliament
"It's remarkable and regrettable," Merkel said at a news
conference in Berlin.
Eurosceptic nationalists scored stunning victories in France
and Britain on Sunday as critics of the European Union more than
doubled their seats in a continent-wide protest vote against
austerity and unemployment.
Anti-establishment parties of the far right and hard left
made gains in many countries.
(Reporting by Andreas Rinke, Stephen Brown and Noah Barkin;
writing by Erik Kirschbaum)