Research note: 2014 European Parliament Elections

In  this research note, the authors focus on the political parties (or groupings of parties), which participate in the 2014 elections. An important question is what are the issues that will be promoted by these different parties? What is their position on these issues? And are there important issues that can be regarded as the main issues that will play a role in these elections? This research note explores these questions by reporting on our findings based on a content analysis of the party manifestos of the political parties running for the 2014 elections.

Main issues and positions based on party manifestos

The main findings are:

- The  main issues of these elections are concentrated in the area of social policy, environment, democracy, external policy and the internal market;

- On  social policy left--‐wing parties emphasize the social rights of workers while more centrist parties underline the importance of combating discrimination;

- On  the environment the Greens emphasize the importance of an sustainable, resource efficient energy supply, while the conservative parties propose energy securing by using more nuclear energy;

- On  external policy, left--‐wing parties support further cooperation with Turkey, while liberal parties propose to combine diplomacy with ‘hard power’ when needed;

- On  the internal market the divide left--‐wing parties underline the importance of maintaining a social Europe, while liberal parties underscore the importance of the free movement of goods and services, while emphasizing the importance of compliance with internal market legislation.

For more information, please read the research note.

Audience interested in the European Elections could consider visiting the European Election Debate on April 24.

Last Modified: 06-05-2014