Unique analysis reveals that the European Parliament elections are perceived as national elections

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On Thursday, 13 June, the report on the European Parliament elections, Euroflections, was presented at a seminar in Stockholm. More than 70 researchers from around 50 different institutions in Europe have worked together on analyses and reflections. In the report, it is established that the elections were not defined by European election trends, but rather by different, national trends.

− The single most important conclusion is that the European Parliament elections can be seen as 28 different national elections, rather than European elections. This is a clear pattern we see when we compile the analyses and reports our fellow researchers have written. The most important issues vary from one country to another, the parties´ campaigns are on a national level, and although some groups of parties are more successful than others, we cannot speak of any noticeable European election trends, says Niklas Bolin, Associate Professor in Political Science at Mid Sweden University.

Eighteen days after the EU Parliament elections, the report Euroflections - Leading Academics on the European elections 2019, will be published by the Mid Sweden University research centre DEMICOM. Euroflections is a free, comprehensive report including results, analyses and reflections available for download. Each researcher contributes with an analysis, looking into the campaigns, the political parties, the voters and the media.

− One of the reasons we decided to do this was to contribute to an increased interest in and knowledge about the EU. In terms of the 2019 elections, it is clear that both the parties and the voters perceive the European Parliament elections as additional national elections, although there have been some attempts at introducing supranational components, like the Spitzenkandidat system, or election manifesto, on a European level, says Marie Grusell, Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies at Mid Sweden University.

For further questions, please contact:
Sofie Blombäck, Assistant Professor in Media and Communication Studies, Mid Sweden University
Kajsa Falasca, Assistant Professor in Media and Communication Studies, Mid Sweden University
Lars Nord, Professor of Political Communication, Mid Sweden University
Marie Grusell,
Marie Grusell, Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies at Mid Sweden University.

Contact:
Niklas Bolin, Associate Professor in Political Science, phone +46 (0)72-581 86 11, niklas.bolin@miun.se
Marie Grusell, Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies, +46(0)70-672 19 96, marie.grusell@jmg.gu.se


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