Vote denotes the growing disunity of the European Union

By Anthony Faiola, Griff Witte, May 26, 2014

BERLIN — From France and Britain to Denmark and Greece, voters may have just put the brakes on the Golden Age of European integration.

Stunned leaders across the region were grappling Monday with the aftershocks of Sunday’s vote for the 751-member European Parliament that saw a record number of seats go to once-fringe parties bitterly opposed to a united Europe. The results presented the region’s mainstream parties with a reality check: Maybe Europeans aren’t quite as eager as their leaders think they are to forge a joint future.

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