Scepticism towards Europe’s traditional political party system is becoming more pronounced. A 2021 Eurobarometer survey showed that only 42 percent of EU citizens trust political parties. This widening gap between the public and long-established political institutions is a wake-up call for political professionals to adapt or risk withering away on the edge of the political arena.
Enter the report Why We Still Need Parties: The Resilience of Europe’s Political Parties Explained. The authors tackle this scepticism head-on, challenging the notion that political parties are relics in today’s European democracies. Their message is clear—political parties need to evolve to keep up with societal shifts, not just reacting to changes, but also actively shaping the political conversation.
So—how did successful parties in Europe adapt to remain a resilient, fluid, and viable option for voters? Let’s dive in to find out.