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EPP Party Barometer November / December 2018

by Olaf Wientzek

The Situation of the European People´s Party in the EU and an Outlook on the EP Elections

Strongest political family in national opinion polls | Election results of the strongest EPP member party in the last national election | Cumulated election results of all parties belonging to the EPP family | Cumulated election results of the PES/S&D family | Outlook on the EP elections in 2019 | Possible seat distribution in the coming EP | Government participation of the EPP family

Summary and latest developments

  • The maps show the electoral results for parties belonging to the European People‘s Party (and in one case the Socialists).
  • The maps indicate the political affiliation of Heads of State and Government of EU member countries. They also indicate which party family is leading in the national polls.
  • Parties belonging to the EPP family are (in national polls) the strongest political family in 13 (+1) countries . The Socialist family is leading in 5 (-1/2) compared with the last party barometer), the Liberal family in 3 (0/-1) countries,the Eurosceptic Conservatives in 4 (+1). In France and Latvia, unaffiliated movements /parties are stronger than any party family, in Italy the far-right is the strongest political family.
  • If one looks only at the political colour of the strongest political force (and not the entire party family), an EPP party is leading in 11 countries, the Socialists in 9, the ALDE/ECR in 3 each, independents and right-wing populists in one each
  • In many countries, the advantage of the leading political family in the opinion polls is very slim (France, Spain, Slovakia, Finland, Belgium).
  • The EPP familiy enjoys a relatively strong support in the opinion polls (above 30%) in Germany, Hungary, Romania, Austria, Croatia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Portugal, Greece, Ireland, Poland and Cyprus
  • In the European Council, 8 Heads of State and Government belong to the EPP family, 8 to the Liberals, 5* to the Socialists/Social Democrats, 2 to the Eurosceptic Conservatives, one to the European Left. 4 are formally independent

*including the ousted Swedish Prime Minister

Outlook on the EP elections in 2019

Introductory remarks:

  • Preferences expressed in national opinion polls are not necessarily identical with voting preferences in EP elections
  • A low turnout (or a different mobilisation rate among competing parties) may have a strong impact
  • The prominence of the „Spitzenkandidat“/national top candidates may influence voter preferences

With caution, the following statements can be made:

  • Despite (significant) losses in bigger member states, the EPP would likely remain the strongest political family (177-195 seats) in the EP (25.1%-27.7% of seats)
  • In relative terms, the share of the EPP group (currently 29.2% of the seats) would only moderately be reduced (-1.5% up to -4,1%), as the EPP Group will suffer less from the departure of the British MEPs than other political groups (in comparison the S&D would be at 18.7%, down from 25%)
  • Parties of the far-right (ENF) and the far-left (GUE/NGL) would have a potential of more than 19-20% of the seats, together with a potential new group headed by the 5-Star-movement even around 22-24%. If the 5-Star movement formed a joint group with GUE and if in addition ENF was exploiting its potential , both groups together could gather around 24.5% of the seats. It is still unclear where the (very diverse) 5-Star-Movement will position itself.
  • A coalition of EPP and S&D would not have a majority on its own but would need a third partner
  • 65-70% of MEPs would continue to belong to moderate political groups (EPP, S&D, Liberals, Macron-led movement („Europe en Marche“), Greens)
  • In comparison to previous barometers small gains for the EPP, Greens keep moving up, small losses for the far-left GUE/NGL group
Contact Person

Dr. Olaf Wientzek

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Director of the Multilateral Dialogue Geneva +41 22 748 70 70

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