European Parliament elections 2014

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    The Swedish European elections will be held in the shadow of September’s national election, but European issues will play a key role

The Swedish European elections will be held in the shadow of September’s national election, but European issues will play a key role

Sweden will not only hold European elections in May, but will also hold national, regional and municipal elections in September. Linda Berg and Jonathan Polk write on the effect this ‘super-election’ year will have on the vote for the European Parliament. They note that while the two largest parties, the Social Democrats and Moderates, will likely have one eye […]

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    A victory for Geert Wilders in the Netherlands’ European Parliament elections would not put Dutch EU membership at risk

A victory for Geert Wilders in the Netherlands’ European Parliament elections would not put Dutch EU membership at risk

Recent opinion polls in the Netherlands have shown strong support among Dutch voters for Geert Wilders’ radical right Freedom Party (PVV). Ahead of the European Parliament elections in May, Stijn van Kessel assesses what a victory for the PVV would mean for the Netherlands’ EU membership. He argues that although current polls suggest the PVV will gain the largest number […]

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    The European Parliament elections in Austria will be the latest battleground in the far-right’s challenge to the country’s EU consensus

The European Parliament elections in Austria will be the latest battleground in the far-right’s challenge to the country’s EU consensus

The last Austrian national election in 2013 saw the radical-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) obtain 20.5 per cent of the vote. Philipp Decker provides an overview of the origins of the three main political parties within Austrian political culture. He argues that the upcoming European Parliament elections in May will either confirm a further shift to the right, or signal that […]

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    Law and Justice are likely to come out ahead in the European Parliament elections in Poland

Law and Justice are likely to come out ahead in the European Parliament elections in Poland

May’s European Parliament elections in Poland will come toward the end of the current parliamentary cycle, with the country due to hold national elections in 2015. Ahead of the elections, Aleks Szczerbiak writes on the policies of the two major parties, Civic Platform (PO) and Law and Justice (PiS), toward Europe. He notes that despite tough rhetoric from both sides, […]

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    The European Parliament elections are yet another test for Italy’s fragile political system

The European Parliament elections are yet another test for Italy’s fragile political system

Italian politics has traditionally produced its fair share of drama, with unstable coalitions and short-lived governments dominating the country’s post-war history. Vincent Della Sala writes that the upcoming European Parliament elections in Italy will continue this trend, with the parties of the governing coalition likely to be held responsible for the country’s dire economic and social position, while several opposition […]

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