Coverage of the European election results has been dominated by the sight of triumphant Nigel Farage celebrating Ukip coming top of the poll in the UK and the Front National's Marine Le Pen celebrating her victory in France, as part of what some have called Europe's "lurch to the right".
Other countries saw the rise of much more sinister far-right groups, such as the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party in Germany and the anti-Semitic Jobbik in Hungary.
Despite the media's focus on the rise of the (far) right, it wasn't all bad news for the left, however. Some EU countries did buck the trend with anti-austerity, left-wing parties winning new supporters and new seats in the European Parliament.
So who are these left-wing exceptions to the right-wing rule?
Podemos, the left-wing anti-austerity group formed only four months ago, took nearly 8% of the vote and five seats. Coalition group United Left also gained four seats.
Meanwhile, there was a 16% swing against the governing conservative group, The People's Party, which came top but lost eight seats and millions of votes.
Much has been made of the rise of the neo-nazi Golden Dawn party but it was the left-wing anti-austerity party Syriza that came top of the polls in Greece, gaining five seats.
Prime minister Matteo Renzi and his centre-left Democratic party enjoyed a near-15% swing in their favour as they topped the poll, getting just over 40% of the vote.
Meanwhile, the anti-establishment, anti-European Five Star Movement, led by Beppe Grillo, came second.
Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia posted its lowest vote share ever.
Portugal's opposition Socialist Party topped the poll with around 31.5% of the vote, pushing the ruling Social Democratic party into second place.
Sinn Fein, which campaigned against austerity, shot up to second place in the European Elections, gaining three seats in a 8.3% swing. Meanwhile, the governing centre-right Fine Gael came top with 3% more of the vote share.