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Europe votes conservative in crisis


paul-taylor– Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Europe’s voters trust conservatives more than the left to handle the most severe financial and economic crisis since World War Two.

That was the key message of European Parliament elections that produced strong results for incumbent conservatives in Germany, France, Italy and Poland, but heavy defeats for governing socialists in Britain, Spain and Hungary.

The vote may ease political pressure for big government spending programmes to revive the economy, but it is unlikely to slow the drive for tighter financial regulation, which the next European Union legislature is set to make a key cause.