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Here's a fascinating site to match your political position with parties from all over Europe (including almost all parts of the EU, Croatia, Switzerland and Turkey):


I come out (in British terms) pretty close to the Lib Dems, which is fortunate since I am a member.

But the interesting thing is where that puts me in the political spectra of other countries:

Belgium (Flanders), where I will actually be voting - more or less bang on the Sociaal Liberale Partij spot, which surprised me since I hadn't heard of them before. Closer investigation reveals that they used to be Spirit, but have had a certain amount of internal turmoil recently.

Austria - half-way between SPÖ and Grüne
Belgium (francophone) - equidistant from all parties
Bulgaria - none terribly close but ГЕРБ least distant
Croatia - rather pleased to be equidistant between my three favourite parties, IDS, SDP and HSLS
Cyprus - rather alarmed to be closest to ΔΗΚΟ, who are certainly my least favourite of the major parties there!
Czech Republic - closest to ČSSD
Denmark - halfway between Radikale Venstre and Socialistisk Folkeparti
Estonia - halfway between Sotsiaaldemokraatlik Erakond and the Greens (Eestimaa Rohelised)
Finland - more or less exactly on the Greens
France - closest to the minor Parti Radical de Gauche and the even minor-er Newropeans
Germany - equidistant between SPD, Grüne and Newropeans
Greece - equidistant between ΠΑΣΟΚ and the minor Ecologist Greens
Hungary - closest to the new lefty-greenish Lehet Más a Politika party.
Ireland - Labour, unexciting but unexpected
Italy - closest to the PD
Latvia - between two largely Russophone parties, Saskaņas centrs and Par cilvēka tiesībām vienotā Latvijā.
Lithuania - very close to the Lietuvos socialdemokratų partija with Frontas and the National Resurrection Party not far off
Luxembourg - again, halfway between the Greens and Social Democrats
Malta - none terribly close, Alternattiva Demokratika least distant
Poland - closest to SLD (social democrats)
Portugal - closest to PS (social democrats)
Romania - closest to the Hungarian-speaking UDMR
Slovakia - none terribly close, least distant being social democratic SMER and, alarmingly, Mečiar's ĽS-HZDS.
Slovenia - very close to both social democratic SD and left-liberal ZARES
Spain - very close to both PSOE and the lefty independentist Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya
Sweden - not close to any, SDAP least distant
Switzerland - not close to any, Socialists least distant
Netherlands - closest to GroenLinks, D66 and Newropeans not far off.
Turkey - almost exactly on the Kurdish DTP

They haven't done Northern Ireland yet, but I imagine I would come out closest to Alliance and the SDLP. (Would also be interested to see results from the TRNC.)

Overall apparently it is the Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya whose views most closely match my own. I wonder if they accept memberships from liberal Northern Irish Belgians? I am certainly left-of-centre, anti-monarchist and agnostic tending toward positive on Catalan independence, so I have no problem with their main policy areas. Though they are not terribly sound on immigration, or on reforming the CAP.

However, when I go to the list of party matches - which rates strength of commitment to the issues as well as the position on the two axes - things change rather radically and my closest match is the Swedish Pirate Party. I fear that this actually reflects the fact that they don't have opinions (and therefore disagreements with me or others) on very many issues, though where they do have views (pro-gay marriage, pro-civil liberties, pro-EU integration) I tend to agree with them.

It's also interesting that while in a lot of countries I'm fairly close to the lefty-greeny-social liberal mainstream, in a few (Romania, Latvia, Turkey) I end up close to the most visible of their ethnic minorities, and in some (Bulgaria, Malta) there's no party that really reflects my own views. Of course, if I lived or had grown up in Bulgaria or Malta, my views might well have been different. (I'm not surprised by the Maltese result, given the rather static politcs there, but it's surprising that Bulgaria's recent internal political volatility has not as yet produced any openings for the centre-left.

Well, that filled out my lunch break nicely!



( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 24th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
Labour in Ireland was unexpected? I'm surprised that you're surprised. Labour here right now are left, liberal and pro-europe, striking me as very similar to the Lib Dems etc.

Who did you think you'd be close to?
Apr. 24th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
You're quite right of course. I guess it shows how, as with Cyprus, one can be distracted by an issue which isn't on this particular map. At the height of my involvement, in the mid-90s, Dick Spring was playing sidekick to Albert Reynolds and John Hume; in those days, it was Fine Gael who I found it easiest to talk to on the Northern Ireland issue. Labour were also never very good at delivering on the socially liberal agenda. But, of course, the game has changed now.
Apr. 24th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
I got fairly similar results -- a bit "south" of yours, almost halfway between the Lib Dems and the Greens, but a bit closer to the former. I'm a little surprised, as I thought I'd have been closer than that to the Lib Dems. I guess I'm just a bit more Eurosceptic than they are.
Apr. 24th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
I think my weighting of things has caused a problem, because it's has me closer to the Tories than to the Lib Dems. I am closest to the greens apparently. In Austria I'd be the KPO, I am sadly not surprised.

A question, who are the PVDA in Belgium?
Apr. 24th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
In Belgium the Partij van de Arbeid / Parti du Travail is a hard-left, very small communist party.

Not to be confused with the Dutch social democratic Partij van de Arbeid, which is one of the largest political parties in the Netherlands!
Apr. 24th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
I found the questions were wrong for me - I disagreed with the basic thought behind the question which meant any honest answer was going to put me on the wrong side of what I thought - so I ended up coming out almost dead center on the cross - not quite, slightly to the left but otherwise almost dead center.

But then the fact that I find the parties here look at the questions from the wrong side for me is one of the reasons I find it so hard to vote here.
Apr. 24th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Jusr *tried* to do it, but no matter what I do, it just loops between the first two questions, so bollocks to it.
Apr. 24th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
It's now rating the UK Conservatives as slightly to the socioeconomic *left* of Labour.

Props to the Cameron spin operation, but I'm not sure that is a bet I would make going forward.
Apr. 24th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
I don't think that's correct - I see them slightly to the right on all three UK pages (England, Scotland, Wales).
Apr. 24th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
That's weird—SB just did the test and I looked over her shoulder—it shows the Con to the left of Lab (slightly), and the BNP dead in the middle of the left/right scale, all different positions to what it's showing you.

Weird, I don't recall what it showed me now.
Apr. 24th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, this one is truely fascinating!

Closest to me apparently are Finnish Christian Democrats (never heard of them), followed by Swedish Junilistan, Greek LAOS and DIANA plus various Swiss Christian parties.

Party matches produce a bizzare mix of far right and far left.

Edited at 2009-04-24 06:54 pm (UTC)
Apr. 24th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Apparently the party that closest matches my positions is the Maltese Alternattiva Demokratika at 81.7%, followed by Plaid Cymru at 79.4%. It says a bit about the current state of politics that the party I'm actually a member of (UK Labour) is only a 52.9% match, but I'm not actually terribly surprised!
Apr. 25th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
Well it correctly determined that there are no parties representing my views in the UK (nearest seems to be Plaid Cymru). Looks like I should move to one of the countries with a wider spectrum represented, such as France, Spain or Germany?
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