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The 2014 European elections, the first of its kind under the provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon, not only marked a fundamental transition in the format of the election process, but were also characterised by growing discontent over the response to the Eurozone crisis.

Amidst growing voter apathy, the anticipated ‘surge in support for anti-establishment and Eurosceptic parties’ (Bertsou, 2014, p. 3) raised concerns as to whether the attempts made to tackle the ‘democratic deficit’ would fail to reignite the success of the European project.

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