EU leaders mull response to anti-EU sentiment

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Associated Press

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 27 at 3:13 PM

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and France have different visions for Europe, but their leaders agree that change is needed after a massive increase in protest votes during this weekend's European Union election.

EU leaders met today in Brussels to assess the rise of the far-right, Euroskeptic and anti-establishment parties that took almost 30 percent of the seats in the European Parliament in national elections that ended Sunday.

British Prime Minister David Cameron says the vote showed that the EU has become "too big, too bossy, too interfering" and needs to return many powers to its 28 member nations as soon as possible.

French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') says the vote will force some fundamental changes, but he warned against creating "policies against Europe."

One of the first battles shaping up is who will lead the EU Commission, which proposes legislation and runs much of the EU's day-to-day business.

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APPHOTO YL120: French President Francois Hollande addresses the media upon arrival at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. European Union leaders on Tuesday sought a way to bounce back from the weekend's landmark elections that saw a partly hostile and largely apathetic public question their project of closer cooperation as never before. (AP Photo/Eric Vidal) (27 May 2014)

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APPHOTO YL135: British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media upon arrival at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. European Union leaders on Tuesday sought a way to bounce back from the weekend's landmark elections that saw a partly hostile and largely apathetic public question their project of closer cooperation as never before. (AP Photo/Eric Vidal) (27 May 2014)

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