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12 NATIONS TO PICK UNION LEGISLATORS

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Governments around Europe face a test of their popularity Sunday as voters from 12 nations decide who will represent them in the European Union's legislature.

Voters are expected to use the European Parliament election to register dissatisfaction with national leaders, rather than focus on the role of the 567-seat EU assembly.But the EU itself will be under scrutiny. Polls show declining popular support for its drive for closer ties between member nations through such measures as a single currency, united foreign policy or combined armed forces.

Many of the 270 million citizens eligible to cast ballots may register dissatisfaction with a perceived erosion of national rights by voting for anti-EU parties - or by staying at home.

Eight nations - Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain - are voting. Britain, Ireland, Denmark and the Netherlands voted Thursday, but all ballots will be counted after voting ends Sunday.