Advocating for further integration: Europarties in the 2024 European Parliament elections

Tapio Raunio, Karl Magnus Johansson

Research output: Working paper

Abstract

The main Europarties have for decades championed the cause of further integration. Utilizing
their internal networks and working together in the EU institutions, the Europarties have
consistently called for a more democratic and stronger EU. Focusing on the three largest
Europarties, the European People’s Party (EPP), the Party of European Socialists (PES) and the
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), this UI Paper examines their positions on
the institutional development of the Union. The manifestos for the 2024 European elections
contain few concrete reform proposals about EU governance, suggesting growing internal
divisions inside the main Europarties. When including the smaller Europarties in the analysis, the
Greens stand out with their explicitly federalist manifesto. The paper also discusses the factors
shaping the Europarties’ positions and whether the national member parties are really committed to them. When they are not, the decoupling between national and European level campaigns weakens the cohesion and influence of the Europarties.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

NameUI Paper
PublisherUtrikespolitiska Institutet
No.1/2024

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