• The EU Elections from a Left Perspective (2014)

  • In co-operation with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the French journal “Regards”, transform! europe presents preliminary analysis, country-specific results and reports from the electoral eve, video statements of the left-wing candidates and our correspondents as well as evaluations in the aftermath – and all of this with a particular focus on the Left.



  • Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland after the EU Elections
  • East of the West

  • By Jirí Málek | 19 Aug 14
  • This analysis has been presented at the International Workshop of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation “On the situation of the left in Europe after the EU elections: New challenges”. July 21-23, 2014, in Berlin
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  • Left alliance “Europa ANDERS” fails to enter EP
  • Austria

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Elections 2014 Video Statement of Martin Ehrenhauser, top candidate of “Europa ANDERS” +++ Results 2014 Voter turnout: 45,5 % (down 0,5 %). +++ IN POWER: Social Democrats + People’s Party Radical Left in EP: 0 of 19 Seats The member of the Party of the European Left, the CPA gained 1%...
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  • Short Summary Regional and Federal Elections
  • Belgium

  • 02 Jul 14
  • *** The EP elections in Belgium were held together with the federal and regional elections. The importance of the  federal elections has been reagarded way higher. An analysis including the EP elections will follow soon.  *** Short interviews with representatives of the Belgian Workers' Party...
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  • Left tripled their share of votes
  • Bulgaria

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Results 2014 +++ Short overview of the European elections in Bulgaria 2014 On May 22-25, 2014, the citizens of the European Union voted on the composition of the European Parliament for the eighth time. In Bulgaria, the European elections were held on May 25, 2014. Despite the increased...
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  • Surprise: New green party 9,42% - 1 MEP
  • Croatia

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Analysis of the 2014 Election  The immediate context in which the elections for the European Parliament were held in Croatia was determined by two events – catastrophic floods that hit the region, and corruption affairs which destabilised the ruling coalition, or rather its strongest party,  the...
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  • Left lost votes but keeps 2 MEPs
  • Cyprus

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Short Report Elections 2014 The parliamentary Left suffered a big blow and lost approximately 35,000-40,000 votes. It nevertheless kept its two seats (with current MEP and member of the CC Takis Hadjgeorgiou and Political Bureau member Neoklis Silikiotis going to Brussels), due to a record low/high...
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  • Radical Left lost one seat
  • Czech Republic

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Election Report 2014 The official results are as follows: Participation 1 528 250 out of 8 395 132 voters, i.e. 18.20% (99.2% valid votes). This is a record low; both in 2009 and 2004 there were over 2 million voters (which is also a very low figure). Parties and elected MEPs ANO (populist, in...
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  • Landslide victory of the Danish People’s Party
  • Denmark

  • 02 Jul 14
  • The EU elections in Denmark: Triumphant Populism 1. During EU parliament elections the whole country is seen as one electoral district, i.e. people can vote for the same candidates all over the country. One can either vote for a party or list or cast a personal preference vote for a particular...
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  • Estonia

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Elections 2014 1. The elections to the European Parliament are subject to a 5% threshold. The parties submit electoral lists, but the voters must select and vote for an individual candidate. 2. This year’s elections to the European Parliament were mainly dominated (besides the domestic issues) by...
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  • Overview
  • EP Elections From a Left Perspective

  • 03 Jul 14
  • With its EP14 project, transform! europe covers in cooperation with Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the French journal Regards the European Parliament elections from a left perspective. Find the election results of all EU countries, election analysis, comments and graphs on the respective country...
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  • Electoral victory of the Left Alliance
  • Finland

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Election results in Finland The Left managed to win by a clear margin in the elections in Finland. Increasing their share of the vote by 3.4 per cent, the Left Alliance was able to rightly call itself the real winner of these elections. This result also meant the Left Alliance’s return to the...
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  • Big winner: The National Front
  • France

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Results 2014 +++ The French Shock The European elections, coming on the heels of local elections, were a disaster for the left. They confirmed, all at once, the dissatisfaction of the French people for the course being followed by the European Union, and their distaste with the policies...
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  • DIE LINKE defends its position in the EP
  • Germany

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Elections 2014 *** Find a first election analysis (25 May) by Horst Kahrs on the right at "Documentation". *** IN POWER: CDU (right) Radical left party in the EP: 8 seats of 99 The Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS), heir to the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED), and the...
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  • SYRIZA scores first place in the EP elections
  • Greece

  • 02 Jul 14
  • KKE leaves GUE/NGL In its meeting the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE)  has decided to withdraw its MEPs from the left group in the European Parliament. The two MEPs will now be non affiliated members of the Parliament. In its statement the KKE argues that the “confederal...
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  • Hungary

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Short Summary of the 2014 EP Elections 1. Many citizens believe that on April 6 at the parliamentary elections they have fulfilled their obligations. Therefore, many people have accrued to the question why the EU Parliament and the national election were not held at the same time. If it is held in...
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  • Left and Independents are winning
  • Ireland

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Results 2014 +++ Commentary on the Elections 2014 Background Elections to the European Parliament in the Republic of Ireland were held on Friday, 23 May, on the same day as local government (regional) elections and two national parliamentary bye-elections. This fact helped to boost voter...
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  • Italian Left back in European Parliament
  • Italy

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Elections 2014 +++ European Elections 2014: an Analysis of the Results in Italy The vote in Italy has given the country a framework in which the Democratic Party seems to have become a shapeless political body, scooping up votes from even former Berlusconi supporters. For weeks the defeat of...
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  • Landslide win for Conservatives, Left significantly short of 5% threshold
  • Latvia

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Elections 2014 Latvia had a 5% threshold and proportional representation. In Latvia, the months-long conflict over the Ukraine and, in particular, the Russian actions have influenced the elections to the European Parliament more strongly than domestic factors. This is part of why the governing...
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  • Lithuania

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Elections 2014 1. This year’s elections to the European Parliament were held together with the runoff presidential elections. This resulted in a much higher voter turnout of 47%, compared to 20.5% in 2009. A 5% threshold applies, and seats are awarded by proportional representation. 2. Besides...
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  • Best result for the radical Left since the beginning of direct elections to the EP
  • Luxembourg

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Report: EP Elections 2014 Elections to the European Parliament in Luxembourg for the first time were not held simultaneously with the elections to the Chamber of Deputies. In 2013, early elections had been called after the Luxembourg Socialist Workers Party (SAP) withdrew their support from Prime...
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  • Voters Defy Anti-EU Trend
  • Netherlands

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Election Report 2014 Dutch politicians on both the Left and the Right who sought to make a statement by exploiting what were assumed to be high levels of dissatisfaction with the European Union and the euro were caught short by the results for the European Parliament elections in their country. In...
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  • Left-liberal list “Europe Plus” failed
  • Poland

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Short Summary 1. The electoral system is the same for the national parliamentary elections, i.e., proportional representation combined with majority constituency voting. The local electoral committees in constituencies set up their own candidates list, and determine its order, but the total...
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  • PS wins, Bloco de Esquerda comes from 3 MEPs to 1
  • Portugal

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Elections 2014 +++ Analyses of the electoral results in the European Elections 2014 Portugal The European elections in Portugal use, as any other elections, the D'Hondt Method voting system. This means there are no barring clauses or thresholds. The results are as following: Partido...
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  • 4 parties in EPP
  • Romania

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Outcomes of the European Parliament Elections in Romania The most revealing aspect of the 2014 European Parliament elections in Romania is the further move to the right of the governing party, PSD [the Social Democrat Party]. While the party identifies itself as a center-left one, in practice its...
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  • Historically Low Turnout: 13,05 %
  • Slovakia

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Results 2014 +++ First Results 2014: Turnout: 13,05 % SMĚR (Social democrats) – winner of elections despite of loss: 4 seats / 5KDH (Christian democrats): 2 seats / 2SDKU-DS (right party): 2 seats / 2OlaNO („Citizen movement“ – centrists- new subject): 1 seat / 0SAS (relatively new party, in...
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  • Impressive Performance of the Socialist Forces
  • Slovenia

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Rarely does a country experience European, parliamentary as well as local elections in a period of less than 6 months, but that is exactly what is happening in Slovenia right now. Results of recent European elections, being the first election of the three to be held, are therefore even more telling...
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  • Outstanding win for the Left!
  • Spain

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Results 2014 The Left (Izquierda Unida) almost tripled its share of the vote to 9.9 percent (6 seats). The new left party Podemos wins 5 seats. The reigning People's Party (PP) has been able to maintain in the European elections just their first place ahead of the Socialists (PSOE) but both are...
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  • Feminists in the parliament, small success for the Left and the Fascists gain a lot
  • Sweden

  • 02 Jul 14
  • June 7 +++ So it’s decided, Feminist initiative will join the Social democratic party group in the EU parliament. They’ve hade discussions with the greens and GUE/NGL, according to the party chair person Gudrun Schyman, but they’ve decided on the Social democrats because ”they are  a large group and...
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  • Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland gains 1 seat
  • United Kingdom

  • 02 Jul 14
  • Results 2014 Turnout: 36 % UKIP: 26.77 % - 24 seats Labour: 24.74 % - 20 seats Conservatives: 23.31 % - 19 seats Green: 7.67 % - 2 seats Liberal Democrats: 6.69 % - 1 seat Sinn Fein: 0,66 % - 1 seatOthers: 6 % Correspondent: Dan Hough +++ Election Results 2009
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  • Pollwatch 2014

  • 14 May 14
  • The website PollWatch2014 provides regular predictions of the outcome of the 2014 European Parliament elections. Which party will win the greatest number of seats and thus be in a position to nominate the next European Commission President? Check here for regular updates, including the latest...
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  • Walter Baier on the upcoming European Elections and the candidacy of Alexis Tsipras
  • "There is a chance and we should use it!"

  • 25 Apr 14
  • Walter Baier, coordinator of the transform! europe, discusses the significance of the upcoming European elections this May and why we should support the Left. 
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  • Finland
  • Post-government Left seeking necessary electoral victory

  • By Teppo Eskelinen | 14 Apr 14
  • The current situation of the Left in Finland has been characterised by the recent experiment of the Left in government. Dubbed the ”six-pack”, the government of 2011-2014 consisted of a wide range of parties with absolutely no political kinship. While the Finnish political system has always been characterised by ideologically diverse coalition governments, the ”six-pack” government was exceptional even by Finnish standards.
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  • Hungary
  • Landslide victory for FIDESZ in the Parliamentary elections

  • By Matyas Benyik | 14 Apr 14
  • At the parliamentary elections held in Hungary on 6 April 2014 the ruling rigth-wing populist Fidesz party won a landslide victory over its opponents and retained its 2/3 majority. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's policy has been justified by a strong nationalist course in order to catch the wind from the sails of Jobbik.
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  • Report: Conference with G. Moschonas in Paris
  • The European Radical Left in the Long Run

  • By Maxime Benatouil | 03 Apr 14
  • What is the current situation of the radical Left in Europe? What political and historical events have been shaping its evolutions over the last decades? How has it responded to the challenges of Europeanization?  What role does the European systemic crisis play in the emergence of new dividing lines across the Left? Where does its political project stand?
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  • Slovenia
  • The Foundation of the “United Left”

  • 18 Mar 14
  • After some months of intensive discussion on a common program, three parties of the Slovene alternative Left, the “Party for Sustainable Development” (TRS), the “Democratic Labor Party” (DSD) and the “Initiative for Democratic Socialism” (IDS), agreed to join forces and compete together as a coalition in the crucial forthcoming European elections.
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