An Overview of European Politics
Europe Politics is the study of political systems and their evolution over time. It is important for a student to gain a comprehensive overview and understand how different political systems throughout Europe have developed along with different political parties in each country. Some of the key terms used in Europe Politics are Euro-system, European Union (EU), European history and European culture. The study of Europe Politics will give students the ability to gain a thorough understanding of how Europe has developed as a political entity over the years and where we see it heading in the future. When studying Europe politics one must take into account that there are many different parties and movements represented in the political arena in Europe.
Within each country there are two parties that compete for power or an alliance of parties to form a government. Every country has an influence on the direction of global politics through the way they vote at the EU Parliament and how they negotiate international trade deals. Every country has a parliament where members are elected for a specific term based on their performance in the parliament. The most recently elected member of the European Parliament is the center-right party, led by Matteo Renzi, Italy. Spain has a left-leaning party, Podemos, which also influences global politics through its influence on the Spanish economy.
Within Europe Politics there are two main coalitions, the center-left (called led by the Social Democratic Party [SPD] in Germany) and center-right (also known as the ECD) party. These coalitions vary on many different issues from immigration to the handling of the euro. The center-right tries to combine national interests with a European perspective, similar to the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union (EU). The center-left favors a Europe-wide perspective and tries to bring national states closer together. Both of these coalitions have a mandate based on their majority in the parliament and have ruled out independent check cabinets, leading to increasing conflicts in policy.