Policy Brief: “2014 European Parliament Elections: Breakthrough or Continuing Trend?” by Harry Nedelcu

Policy Brief: “2014 European Parliament Elections: Breakthrough or Continuing Trend?” by Harry Nedelcu

New policy brief (August 2014) by Harry Nedelcu available through the European Union Centre of Excellence at Carleton University here.

The 2014 European Parliament elections saw a surge in the popularity and strength of radical right and left parties.  In an effort to determine the cause for this radical party growth, this paper investigates whether there is a relationship between the size of EU member state bailouts and the success of populist Eurosceptic political parties in the 2014 European Parliament elections.  It then considers possible steps governments could take to prevent the degradation of democracy and keep the European Union strong and intact.

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This policy brief is part of a series funded by the Centre for European Studies (European Union Centre of Excellence [EUCE] at Carleton University) and the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue (CETD).  The EUCE is funded in part by a grant from the European Union.  CETD receives funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).  The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the author and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union, CETD, or SSHRC.

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