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(French President and UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy, center left, casts his vote for the second round of the presidential elections as his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, left, looks on in Paris Sunday May 6, 2012. The election could see Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeat incumbent Sarkozy by capitalizing on public anger over the government's austerity policies. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool) )
What’s at stake as 6 European nations vote
First Published May 06 2012 11:38 am • Last Updated May 06 2012 08:07 pm

Six European countries are holding elections Sunday. Here is a quick look at what’s at stake:

FRANCE » Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeats incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy for the presidency by capitalizing on anger over austerity measures. As president, Hollande is expected to push for a more stimulus-minded approach to the financial crisis in France and the rest of Europe.

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GREECE » Greeks punish the two main parties in parliamentary elections, with official projections showing both hemorrhaging support and no party gaining enough votes to form a government. The results could affect the country’s course as it grapples with a debt crisis that has shaken world markets.

SERBIA » A pro-European Union candidate and a nationalist opponent are headed for a runoff in Serbia’s presidential elections, while the ruling pro-Western party is likely to form the next coalition government, independent pollsters said Sunday.

GERMANY » Exit polls show voters in Germany’s northernmost state have likely ousted a governing center-right government made up of the same parties as the federal coalition, a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel. About 2.24 million people are eligible to vote in Schleswig-Holstein state.

ITALY » It’s the nation’s first election since Premier Mario Monti was tapped to save Italy from its debt crisis. The vote could gauge public anger against parties supporting his austerity measures. Some 9.5 million Italians were eligible to vote Sunday and Monday for 942 city councils and mayorships.

ARMENIA » Some 2.5 million Armenians are eligible to vote for a new parliament in an election the nation’s president hopes will give him a legislative majority. President Serge Sarkisian’s Republican Party is expected to win, but it wants the majority in the 131-seat parliament to avoid having to form a coalition.




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