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Excellent resource on European Parliament elections

- June 5, 2014

Janusz Korwin-Mikke, leader of the New Right Congress in Poland, reacts to European Parliament elections exit polls in Warsaw on May 25. (Pawel Supernak/European Pressphoto Agency)
Frequent readers of The Monkey Cage may have realized that I was a bit exasperated last week with the Western media’s incessant focus on European Parliament election results from just a handful of countries, all of which happened to be located in Western Europe.  However, I am pleased to have discovered an excellent new resource for people interested in getting more detailed information on European Parliament elections from all 28 countries that actually voted in these elections in one place.
The Center of Italian Election Studies (CISE, Centro Italiano Studi Elettorali) at Luiss University has put together a collection of articles from country experts on all 28 European parliamentary elections here. Currently, the full set of reports are only available in Italian (but even these can be useful for non-Italian speakers interested in quickly finding comparative country-level results thanks to the tables in the reports), but they are now in the process of making all of these reports available in English as well. The first 11 of these English language reports are now posted on the Web site and even include central and eastern European countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Among the interesting insights you can pick up from these reports:

  • Slovakia had a turnout of only 13 percent, but mainstream pro-Europe parties dominated the election.
  • In Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, incumbent parties all won their respective elections
  • In Greece, an anti-Europe left-wing party won the election, as opposed to the more widely described victories of right-wing anti-Europe parties in BritainFrance and Denmark.

Overall, a highly recommended source of information for scholars studying these elections, journalists looking to report on them, and anyone else interested in learning more than what was reported about a handful of countries in the immediate aftermath of the elections.