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Europawahl 2009: mehr als die Summe nationaler Sekundärwahlen?

Rudolf Hrbek
Integration
Vol. 32, No. 3 (Juli 2009), pp. 193-209
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24223507
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

The article analyses the European elections 2009 under the question, if they were only 'second-order national elections'. It points to framework conditions for the elections, summarizes briefly the electoral platforms/manifestos of the parties at European level, and the campaign which was done at member state level. It then explains aspects of the result and the consequences of the elections: turnout (with national differences), political composition and structure of the European Parliament (with the establishment of new party groups and with some changes in groups' strength); and it discusses possible future alliances/'coalitions' between party groups with respect to the ambition of the European Parliament, to exploiting the weight of the European Parliament vis-à-vis the Council. It concludes that parties at European level have the potential and may contribute to strengthen the European character of future elections.

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