European elections: what do voters really think?

A new opinion poll and four-part strategy on how mainstream parties can campaign to resonate with pro-European voters

, Berlin time (CET, UTC+1)


Laura Krause, Director, More in Common Germany

Mark Leonard, Director, ECFR

Gordon Repinski, Executive Editor, Politico Germany

Chaired by

Jana Puglierin, Head of ECFR Berlin and Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR

Amid wars at Europe’s borders, a raging climate crisis, economic turmoil and a decisive election across the Atlantic, Europeans turn to the polls on 6-9 June 2024. Added to the likely surge of anti-European populists, mainstream parties find it increasingly difficult to find narratives that resonate with their voters.

The event will give insights to an upcoming report by Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonard based on a brand new poll in 12 European countries – representing three-quarters of the MEP seats in the European Parliament – including Germany, that looks at the state of public opinion in the run up to the European elections on the economy, migration, climate and the war in Ukraine. They put forward a four-part strategy on how mainstream parties can campaign using the best framings to resonate with pro-European voters, with a particular focus on Germany, and how German viewpoints compare to other European countries. Together with our panel of political pundits, the discussion will cover: 

  • What role does migration really play in voting decisions? 
  • How can pro-European narratives bring success? 
  • Why do Europeans, in particular Germans, vote for anti-European positions?