European Politics

In contemporary European politics, the stability and unity of the region is of paramount importance in addressing a wide range of pressing challenges. Given the existing complexities of the European Union integration and the rise of nationalist sentiments, it has become increasingly crucial to understand the intricate dynamics at play.

Our research delves into the processes that shape European politics, including questions related to electorate representation, integration, and the challenges ahead of the new enlargement policy. We investigate the impact of political polarization on social cohesion and seek to uncover effective political strategies carried by EU parties and political groups. Additionally, we analyse the role of the EU in mitigating political conflict between member states and its eastern neighbourhood, focusing on its capacity to promote democratization practices and collaboration in the face of domestic and geopolitical challenges. Through our dedicated exploration of European political dynamics, we aim to contribute to the creation of a more cohesive and integrated European Union, fostering a future of stability and progress for the entire continent.

Tina Margarete Freyburg

Prof. Ph.D.

Full Professor of Comparative Politics

Mueller-Friedberg-Strasse 8

9000 St. Gallen

Filippo Pasquali

Doctoral researcher

Müller-Friedbergstrasse 8

9000 St Gallen

Ioannis Vergioglou


Postdoctoral researcher

Müller-Friedbergstrasse 8

9000 St Gallen


Larix Foundation. Innovation matters/ StrategieDialog21 (SD21), since 02.2020
Project Lead: Tina Freyburg
The Opportunity Barometer ('Chancenbarometer') records and observes which opportunities the Swiss people associate with democracy in our country.

Concepts that motivate the opportunity barometer:
* Citizens see the current challenges, but also the opportunities for positive change.
* Citizens have confidence in political institutions, even if they do not see all their expectations met.
* Citizens value the opportunities for participation offered by direct democracy, but not all of them see themselves as politically effective.

The representative survey takes place annually. The data is collected across the whole of Switzerland in German, French and Italian.