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You could also interpret this as arguing that Germany is only electing about 15% of the total MEPs so the formation of a majority is not dependent on the quota for the German MEPs. There is no EU-wide 3% quota.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Feb 26th, 2014 at 12:15:32 PM EST
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Sweden has a 4% quota, same as parliament. Though with around 20 seats, it doesn't make that much of a difference.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Feb 27th, 2014 at 02:29:16 AM EST
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