Why voters abstained in the European election

The majority of Greek citizens spoke through silence and abstained from the recent European election. Voter turnout was just 41%, much lower than that in the June 2023 national election (54%). To interpret this record high abstention rate, one common and one more dramatic explanation have been suggested. The first tells us that the European Parliament elections are not of interest to citizens. Based on this good scenario, the European elections are considered politically inferior ("second-class elections") to national elections, because no government is elected from them. The second explanation tells us that politics is no longer of any interest to citizens. This is the bad scenario. But none of this is new.

With the exception of the European elections of 2014 (voter turnout was 59%) and 2019 (also 59%) - that is, European elections that coincided with the municipal...

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