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Introduction
Lorenzo De Sio, Vincenzo Emanuele and Nicola Maggini

Part 1 – Before the elections

Towards the European elections: An introductory framework
Vincenzo Emanuele and Nicola Maggini

Life of EP: History of the empowerment of the European Parliament
Rocco Polin

The evolution of turnout in European elections from 1979 to 2009
Nicola Maggini

Proportional representation with variable-geometry: Here is how to vote in the 28 member states
Vincenzo Emanuele

Europarties’ choices—Who are the candidates for the presidency of the European Commission and how have they been selected?
Bruno Marino

Expansion and electoral success: The winning strategy of the EPP
Vincenzo Emanuele

United but loser? The PES between party cohesion and electoral decline
Michail Schwartz

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group: Towards an inevitable decline?
Bruno Marino

From the Italian Communist Party to Tsipras: The path of Europe’s radical left
Federica Izzo

The populist and Eurosceptic right: The evolution of its electoral success
Nicola Maggini

Part 2 – The results: Italy

Electoral results: The PD from the “majoritarian vocation” to its realisation
Nicola Maggini

High fidelity and new votes for Renzi
Roberto D’Alimonte

Vote shifts in Rome and Milan confirm the frame of Renzi’s victory
Aldo Paparo and Matteo Cataldi

The Italian party system between change and stabilisation on new basis
Alessandro Chiaramonte and Vincenzo Emanuele

Where does Renzi’s victory come from?
Lorenzo De Sio

Part 3 – The results across Europe

Austria: No one loses, all win?
Carolina Plescia and Sylvia Kritzinger

The Baltic states: Mixed results for incumbents
Liisa Talving and Lukas Pukelis

Belgium: Far beyond second order
Tom Verthé

Bulgaria: To support or not to support the government in power, this is the dilemma
Sorina Soare

Croatia: Negative results for the government coalition
Andrija Henjak

Cyprus: Disapproval through abstention in the European Union’s remotest ‘outpost’
Konstantinos Athanasiadis

The Czech Republic: Where have all the voters gone?
Vlastimil Havlík

Denmark and Finland: (not always) a success for the far-right
Nina Liljeqvist and Kristian Voss

France: The historic victory of the Front National
Luana Russo

Germany: Merkel does not stand out but holds
Carolina Plescia and David Johann

Greece: Historic change or alarm bell?
Konstantinos Athanasiadis

Hungary: The stability of Fidesz’s domain
Federico Vegetti

Luxembourg: The first European Parliament–only vote
Patrick Dumont and Raphaël Kies

Malta: Hidden change?
Marcello Carammia and Roderick Pace

Poland: Old turnout and new right
Mikołaj Cześnik and Michał Kotnarowski

Portugal: Between apathy and crisis of mainstream parties
Marco Lisi

Romania: A preview of the 2014 presidential elections?
Sorina Soare

Slovakia: Record holder in the lowest turnout
Peter Spáč

Slovenia: Internal political crisis and the success of the opposition
Simona Kustec Lipicer

Spain: The beginning of the end of bipartisan rule?
Enrique Hernández and Marta Fraile

Sweden: An escape from mainstream parties
Nina Liljeqvist

Netherlands, Ireland and UK: Euroscepticism does (not) triumph
Laura Sudulich

Part 4 – The results: an overview

A turnout like in 2009 but with many “Europes” within the EU
Nicola Maggini

EPP loses votes and seats but remains the first party in the European Parliament
Vincenzo Emanuele

The Party of European Socialists: Stability without success
Luca Carrieri

German and UK’s Liberals collapse and ALDE loses ground
Bruno Marino

The radical left grows but only in the South of Europe
Michail Schwartz

The electoral progress of the populist and Eurosceptic right
Nicola Maggini

A “revolutionary” election: The Italian party system is the most simplified in Europe
Luigi Di Gregorio

Conclusions
Lorenzo De Sio, Vincenzo Emanuele and Nicola Maggini

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