What is the reason why libertarian and other economic freedom parties have not much support in European Union countries?


These are a few of the many political fronts in Europe:

  • Conservative Christians
  • Far-Right
  • Nationalists/Ruralists
  • Right-Liberals
  • Center-Right/Neoliberals
  • Center-Left/Socialists
  • Left-Liberals
  • Greens
  • Communists

What you describe as "libertarianism" would fall under the "liberal" label in Europe. It's heavily equated with liberal economics and the financial community.

It's actually quite popular in Europe, particularly among the youth, and it's probably what the center-right/conservatives are morphing into... economically liberal, socially liberal, but conservative on immigration and multiculturalism.

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  • This answer should be backed up. Can you reference some kind of analysis or expert sources to back up this answer? – indigochild May 9 '17 at 17:36
  • Considering the question is about the EU, the answer is wrong. Liberals are not two political fronts, but one: ALDE. – MSalters Jul 27 '18 at 12:32
  • @MSalters Hard to call ALDE libertarian: they consistently vote in favor of increasing EU's power. – Sjoerd Feb 4 '19 at 1:23
  • @Sjoerd: Liberal, and European liberal at that. Don't apply US labels. Libertarians are pretty much a US-only problem. – MSalters Feb 4 '19 at 7:58
  • @MSalters I don't think most self-described libertarians in the US (with some exceptions) are actually very libertarian; more like communists who like pot and bitcoin – gillonba Feb 7 '19 at 21:03

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