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Ch 8: European Political Parties

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Watch video lessons to learn more about European political parties and views. Learning materials like these are part of our online study guide and video collection.

European Political Parties - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

There are many European political parties that represent constituents with a variety of political views. Through these video lessons, the instructor will introduce you to several of the most major and influential parties. Get an overview of conservative, liberal, socialist, green, and other parties. See where they're popular and why some of them are notable, too. At the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Identify several political parties
  • Outline the roots of these political parties
  • Discuss the agendas of these political parties
  • Describe the size and prominence of these groups

Video Objective
European People's Party (EPP): Development, Views & Prominence Describe the history, agenda, and popularity of this party
Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists (AECR): History, Politics & Influence Outline the history, point of view, and influence of this party
Party of European Socialists (PES): Assembly, Position & Party Size Discuss the agenda and size of this party
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE): Formation, Characteristics & Political Standing Outline the roots and point of view of this party
European Green Party (EGP): Creation, Distinction & Impact Describe this party, its history, and influences
Party of the European Left (PEL): Development, Positions & Status Discuss this party's history and agenda
European Free Alliance (EFA): Emergence, Perspectives & Significance Outline the roots and point of view of this party
European Democratic Party (EDP): Organization, Outlook & Prominence Discuss the characteristics and agenda of this party
Movement for a Europe of Liberties and Democracy (MELD): Formation, Political Leanings & Status Describe the organization and point of view of this party
Nordic Green Left Alliance: Creation, Agenda & Influence Discuss the origin, point of view, and affects of this party

10 Lessons in Chapter 8: European Political Parties
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European People's Party (EPP): Development, Views & Prominence

1. European People's Party (EPP): Development, Views & Prominence

In this lesson, we explore the European People's Party, a European coalition of largely Christian Democratic parties that is currently the largest political party in the European Parliament, and one of its oldest.

Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists (AECR): History, Politics & Influence

2. Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists (AECR): History, Politics & Influence

In this lesson, we explore the short history and political ideals of the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists, one of the European Union's newest political parties.

Party of European Socialists (PES): Assembly, Position & Party Size

3. Party of European Socialists (PES): Assembly, Position & Party Size

In this lesson we explore the politics and history of the European Parliament's currently second-largest political party, the Party of European Socialists.

Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE): Formation, Characteristics & Political Standing

4. Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE): Formation, Characteristics & Political Standing

In this lesson, we'll explore the European political party called the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. We'll discuss its history and performance, as well as its current political stances.

European Green Party (EGP): Creation, Distinction & Impact

5. European Green Party (EGP): Creation, Distinction & Impact

In this lesson, we explore the European political party called the European Green Party, and discuss its long road to becoming a true political party, as well as its current political stance.

Party of the European Left (PEL): Development, Positions & Status

6. Party of the European Left (PEL): Development, Positions & Status

In this lesson, we explore the European political party, the Party of the European Left, a coalition of socialist, communist, and other leftist parties which coalesced after the fall of the Soviet Union.

European Free Alliance (EFA): Emergence, Perspectives & Significance

7. European Free Alliance (EFA): Emergence, Perspectives & Significance

In this lesson, we explore the European political party, the European Free Alliance, a party whose sole goal is winning the right to national self-determination for various regions and groups of people in Europe.

European Democratic Party (EDP): Organization, Outlook & Prominence

8. European Democratic Party (EDP): Organization, Outlook & Prominence

In this lesson, we explore the European Democratic Party, a recently created European political party devoted to sustaining the EU and its institutions, and fighting euroskepticism.

Movement for a Europe of Liberties and Democracy (MELD): Formation, Political Leanings & Status

9. Movement for a Europe of Liberties and Democracy (MELD): Formation, Political Leanings & Status

In this lesson, we explore the Movement for a Europe of Liberties and Democracy, a European political party firmly rooted in euroskepticism and anti-EU ideals.

Nordic Green Left Alliance: Creation, Agenda & Influence

10. Nordic Green Left Alliance: Creation, Agenda & Influence

In this lesson, we explore the European political party the Nordic Green Left Alliance, including its formation, current political stance, and performance.

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