The Friedrich Erbert Stiftung (FES) has set up a barometer in order to have an look at the S&D member parties across the EU ahead of the European elections.
European politics will get a bigger and bigger importance over the upcoming months. In case you have not heard about it, the 2019 European elections will take place in May across the EU.
The European parties, which are composed of national delegations/parties, have officially launched their political campaign, and several leading candidates (Spitzenkandidaten) have been elected to represent their political families.
These elections, which take place every 5 years, are of major importance. The European political landscape has been really divided over the last months and years. The Euroskeptical parties have been growing up, and they might get significant results in May. On the other side of the coin, some pro-EU parties have been facing strong difficulties during the last elections.
The Socialists and Democrats (S&D) lie within this category. Except in a couple of countries, the numbers of votes they got over the last months are quite worrying to them. While the S&D group is currently the second most important one in the European Parliament, they might less seats during the next mandate.
If you like to have an overview on the situation of the socialist parties in Europe, please be aware about the fact that the Friedrich Erbert Stiftung (FES) has developed a tool to put together national data on the upcoming European elections. The FES is a German political foundation, linked with the SPD (German Socialist Party). Its barometer, which is specifically designed for S&D member parties (the national parties which are part of the S&D group at the European Parliament), makes sense.
This European Election 2019 Monitor might be very useful to you if you’re interested in European politics. You can be taught about the scores the Socialist and Democrat parties got during the last national elections, the scores they got in the last European elections (in 2014), as well as the latest poll results. For example, the latest polls reveal that no S&D member party will get more than 40% of votes in May.
If you want to discover that tool, find the maps here.