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European Integration and Party Competition in German Federal Elections

Steven Weldon and Hermann Schmitt

Keywords: ALTERNATIVE FÜR DEUTSCHLAND; ELECTIONS; EUROPEAN INTEGRATION; EUROSKEPTICISM; GERMANY; MANIFESTOS; PARTY COMPETITION

Europe has been hit by a global financial crisis, and so has Germany. This crisis is associated, among European Union citizens, with the degree of support for European integration: those who are skeptical about the Euro and the debt crises in parts of the Eurozone tend also to be skeptical about European integration more generally. Our main question in this article is whether the pledges of political parties (as issued in their election manifestos) can add to our understanding of electoral choices in Germany. Relating German election results to the German data provided by the Comparative Manifesto Project MRG/CMP/MARPOR research tradition, our expectation is that political parties' European pledges have been irrelevant for the vote over half a century. Now that the European Union is rapidly moving in its postfunctional phase, the election of 2013 is expected to mark a turning point in that regard.

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