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Le parlement européen : Comparaison des résultats de juin 1979 et portrait de l'Assemblée élue

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  • Dusan Sidjanski

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The results of the first European elections reflect the general distribution of the European electorate slightly center-right oriented, even if the abstentionism of almost 40 % caused some distorsions as in the case of United Kingdom. After the comparison of the results, state by state, it appears globally that the socialists ( 113) and liberals (40) regressed, the gaullists and their allies (22) suffered a serious defeat, white the christian democrats ( 107) and the communists (44) progressed and some minor parties (leftists and regionalists) entered the European Parliament.
The second part contains a portrait of the new European Parliament which is younger than its predecessor, has more women including its president and has many high personnalities. As in the past, the political groups
play a central and dynamic role. The question is to know if they will be capable of maintaining their cohesion. The examined cases give no evidence of the existence of the center-right majority in front of the left opposition. In fact, there were changing coalitions and voting constellations according to different problems, ideological options or concrete choices. The recent vote rejecting the proposed budget expresses a will of the European Parliament to impose its style and its democratic control on the European Community.

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Sidjanski, D., (1980) “Le parlement européen : Comparaison des résultats de juin 1979 et portrait de l'Assemblée élue”, Res Publica 22(3), p.471-501. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/rp.v22i3.19376

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29 Sep 1980
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