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How movement between party groups has affected the balance of power in the European Parliament

While the results of the European Parliament elections were announced in May, the balance of power in the Parliament has also been affected by the decisions of parties to join new party groups in the weeks following the elections. Nicolai von Ondarza and Jan Will demonstrate the impact this movement between party groups has had, noting that the situation could soon be altered again with Brexit on the horizon. The European elections in May reconfigured the power balance between political...

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The 2019 European Parliament: the far right International is here – when will the left wake up?

The political forces most hostile to European integration are also the only ones to have formulated a common vision for Europe, writes Lea Ypi. Now is the time to bring the various local social justice campaigns together, and put them at the service of a renewed political project. As Marine Le Pen, Matteo Salvini, Geert Wildeers and other far-right leaders concluded their European electoral campaign in a joint rally in Milan, they hailed the dawn of a ‘peaceful revolution’ in Europe. A...

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What did the European elections tell us about Poland’s upcoming parliamentary elections?

An unexpectedly decisive European Parliament election victory gave Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party a major boost ahead of parliamentary elections later this year, although doubts remain over whether it will retain its majority. Aleks Szczerbiak explains that simply uniting the main anti-government parties in an ideologically diverse electoral alliance was clearly not enough for the opposition, which still lacks a dynamic leader and a convincing programmatic alternative. The right-wing...

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The Czech Republic’s European elections: Out with the old, in with the new?

The European elections in the Czech Republic saw a number of new MEPs elected, with the Pirate Party and the anti-EU Freedom and Direct Democracy among the main winners. Monika Brusenbauch Meislova assesses what the outcome of the vote means for Czech politics. The Czech Republic is known for having a low level of public trust in the EU (the third lowest among the EU28 after the UK and Greece) and a strong tradition of party-based Euroscepticism. This year’s European elections marked the...

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Right-wing populist parties made only modest electoral gains in the EP elections, but their influence is now unprecedented

Martin Selmayr, the Secretary-General of the European Commission, has stated that the ‘populist wave’ some analysts predicted could appear in the 2019 European Parliament elections was ‘contained’. Mattia Zulianello argues that this greatly overlooks a substantial increase in the influence of right-wing populism over European politics. In the period preceding the European elections, many journalists and analysts were anticipating that 2019 could be remembered as an annus horribilis for the EU...

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Five key trends from the 2019 European Parliament elections

European Parliament elections were once famously characterised as ‘second order national elections’, but were the 2019 elections different? Felix Wiebrecht and James F. Downes write that although the results were shaped by the distinct features present in each of the 28 states taking part, there were at least five key trends visible across Europe. Elections to the European Parliament have traditionally lacked a ‘transnational’ character, with national concerns taking precedence in voting...

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Seven key stories about the most ‘European’ EP election ever

The 2019 European Parliament elections were like no other: like no other European Parliament election before, and like no other democratic exercise in the world. In fact, it is probably the first time that we may call it a singular European Parliament election because so many of the trends that shaped it are pan-European, write Michael Bruter and Sarah Harrison, and offer seven takes on what has made this vote so noteworthy. 1. Year 0 of electoral Europeanization This has undoubtedly been the...

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Radical right parties have clear advantages in EP elections – their success shouldn’t come as a surprise

The 2019 European Parliament elections saw support decline for the main centre-left and centre-right groups, while the Greens and some radical right parties were among the main winners. But should we be surprised at radical right parties performing well in European elections? Julia Schulte-Cloos writes that European elections offer some key advantages for the radical right, and their success in European elections also offers a platform to build on their support in subsequent national...

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The battle for Europe’s future: The next European Parliament will be more fragmented independently of Brexit

This week’s European Parliament elections are a battle for Europe’s future. In this blog, Thierry Chopin, Nicolò Fraccaroli, Nils Hernborg and Jean-Francois Jamet examine the evolution of political cleavages ahead of the vote and the potential impact of Brexit on their result. They argue the next European Parliament will be more fragmented independently of Brexit. Political cleavages – that is, the key dividing lines structuring politics – are evolving in Europe. Traditionally, positioning on...

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European Parliament elections preview: Hungary

Polling indicates that Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz is highly likely to win another election victory in the 2019 European Parliament elections. Endre Borbáth and Johannes Wachs write that the real question in the election is not so much whether Fidesz will win, but rather how the party’s relationship with the European People’s Party will develop following the vote. Hungary’s relationship with the European Union primarily depends on the future relationship between Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz and its...

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