What Is The Role Of Politics In European Politics

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European politics is a multidimensional topic and a combination of many elements that shape the political system in Europe.
In any democracy and especially in Europe, political parties are central to the system because they structure the popular vote, formulate the public policy, organize the flow of power and compete in elections, allowing citizens to choose their leaders. Also, European politicians depend a lot on their political parties for their electoral success to parliament, and this success differs from a country to another in accordance with the local electoral system. Some systems allow the representation of many parties in parliament while others don’t.
Out of many political ideologies, this term paper will focus at 4 of the socialist/communist parties in eastern and western Europe: how the left-wing is moving till date, their latest campaigns, manifestos and results, their membership and popularity nowadays, what hiccups they are facing…
Socialism derives from Leninism and Marxism and is mainly characterized by public ownership, equity and equality, important role of the state, redistribution of income, strong welfare system and planned economy etc.
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Global economic and social shifts have complicated the position of left wing parties that are now kind of obliged to change many of their positions and points of view in order to adapt with the emerging global crisis. Some left parties, in countries like Spain, Portugal, Greece and U.K, paid high electoral prices for the unfortunate setback of being in office when the crisis started. In Greece, PASOK was defeated in the latest elections; in Finland, the main left parties scored poorly in the latest elections and needed coalitions to reach

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