European Elections: App Helps Undecided Voters

The EU&I app helps you to compare your own positions with the parties running in the European elections. Two doctoral students of the University of Mannheim were involved in developing the EU-wide app.

Should the EU strengthen its defense policy? And does it make sense to promote renewable energies, even if this could lead to higher energy costs? These and other questions are the focus of the upcoming elections to the European Parliament from 6 to 9 June. Some 400 million people are eligible to vote. The voters who are still undecided will soon be able to use the EU&I voting advice application. The app will be launched on 9 May. It is designed to help voters to find out to what extent their personal attitudes to 30 different statements match the positions of the parties standing for election.

This year, two early-stage researchers of the University of Mannheim helped in developing the digital tool, which was already used in 2014 and 2019: Milena Rapp, doctoral student at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research and David Schweizer, doctoral student at the School of Social Sciences. Both analyzed the positions of the German parties campaigning for election and determined how they stand on issues such as renewable energies, migration, and European integration.

The Italian European University Institute (EUI) is responsible for developing the voting advice application EU&I. The app for browsers and smartphones will launch on 9 May 2024. For more information, please click here.