Far right forecast to win in Austria as European elections reach climax

Twenty-six million Europeans are eligible to vote for the first time in these elections – and that includes two million aged 16 and 17.

Sixteen year olds have already been able to vote before in Austria and Malta, but today it’s a first in Belgium and in Germany. In Greece, they’re allowed to vote from 17.

I didn’t see many young voters at the Brussels polling station I visited, but Belgium’s youngest princess, Eléonore, did show up to vote this morning, along with her older brothers and Crown Princess Elisabeth.

And young Belgians will know that voting here is not just a democratic right, it’s a legal duty. If they don’t show up, they could face a fine, although in practice non-voters tend to escape prosecution.

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