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Factbox: The national stakes in the EU elections

Beyond determining the balance of power of the next European Parliament, this week's EU elections can have knock-on effects in the domestic politics of Europe's member states. Here are some examples of how the elections play out nationally.

Italy's Salvini investigated over use of state flights

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has been put under investigation over possible misuse of state flights while campaigning for European elections at the head of his far-right League party, the Rome audit court said on Thursday.

Factbox: Party time - EU election line-ups

EU citizens will elect a new European Parliament next week. National parties line up in pan-EU groups. These could change after the vote, but in the outgoing legislature the eight groups are:

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