The research presents the positions of national parties on the two main conflict dimensions in Europe: left‐right and progressive‐conservative, both cross‐sectionally and longitudinally (1945‐2017). The goal is to find out whether there is convergence or divergence on the two dimensions and whether they balance or outweigh each other if we take into account the electoral fortunes of parties that take positions on both dimensions. Special attention will be given to the parties that combine antagonist positions, i.e. progressive and right‐wing or left‐wing and conservative. Are these party groups the main challengers of established party groups and what do their chances look like during the upcoming European elections if we examine their electoral fortunes over time?
1 Jan 1945 - 31 Dec 2017
The 2019 Elections for the European Parliament and the Restructuring of the European Party‐Political Space