May 26, 2014 / 11:31 AM / in 4 years

Merkel calls rise of right in EU vote "remarkable and regrettable"

BERLIN, May 26 (Reuters) - 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 elections.

“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)

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