Political parties at European level are important as a factor for integration within the Union. They contribute to forming a European awareness and to expressing the political will of the citizens of the Union.
Dr. Isabelle Hertner is a lecturer in German and European Politics and Society at the University of Birmingham. She is also the deputy director of the Institute for German Studies and the director of the Graduate Centre for Europe. Isabelle’s research focuses on Europarties and on national political parties. She currently writes a book on centre-left parties and the European Union.