Vote Match Europe

Vote Match Europe is an international network across fourteen EU countries: Germany, the UK, Belgium, Poland, Latvia, Greece, Bulgaria, Austria, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France and the Netherlands.

A Vote Match consists of around thirty statements based on the policies of the political parties contesting the elections. By answering the statements a user is shown which party is their best match.
Vote Match aims to be fun but it also aims to encourage turnout, inform voters about policy differences between parties, and foster informed debate on political issues. It has the potential to promote European citizenship and to better inform citizens about elections for the European Parliament (EP). Vote Match is a tried and tested tool which reaches millions of users. In recent general elections for example,the Dutch StemWijzer reached 5 million users and the German Wahl-O-Mat reached 13 million users.

In recent weeks the various Vote Matches have gone successively online, Germany – Wahl-O-Mat, United Kingdom – Vote Match UK, Belgium – De Stemtest, Poland – Laternik Wyborczy, Latvia – Pielaiko Partiju!, Greece – VoteMatch Greece, Bulgaria – Glasovoditel, Austria – Wahlkabine, Italy – VoteMatch Italia, Spain –, Czech Republic – Volebnikalkulacka, Slovakia – Volebnikalkulacka, France – Votes & Vous and the Dutch StemWijzer.

The website brings together all the national votematches and shows citizens all the different parties that match their position in the participating countries. As well as country specific questions, the Vote Match systems in all countries include the same set of 15 questions. So after completing the Vote Match q uiz in their own country, users can click through the results screen to quickly see which parties best represent them in other countries.

The project was successfully completed thanks to the support of a grant by the Open Society Foundation, and also the collaboration of the Grundtvig Life Learning Partnership, and the initiative Networking European Citizen Education (NECE) from the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb.

For more information about how the project works in your country, please contact or the general coordination of the project at

In 2012 seven organisations, which make Vote Matches in different European countries, have been accepted as 'Grundtvig Learning Partnership' and received funding on behalf of the Lifelong Learning Programme. This programme from the European Commission aims to help develop the education sector, as well as enable more adults to undertake learning experiences, notably in other European countries. The makers of Vote Matches will meet each other several times in 2012 and 2013 to discuss current issues and to exchange experiences that will contribute to the development of Vote Match 2014.
More information about Grundtvig
In order to include as many European Union countries as possible in Vote Match 2014 we are looking for further partners and support. For more information please contact us.

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Austria (Wahlkabine)
Bulgaria (Glasovoditel)
Germany (Wahl-O-Mat)
Great Britain (Vote Match)
Italy (Cabine Eletorale)
Poland (Latarnik Wyborczy)
Spain (
the Netherlands (StemWijzer)
Latvia (Providus)

Events/ Meetings

On Europe Day, May 9, a new initiative is going to be launched to help voters in EU countries to see European politics at a glance: shows citizens which party they match with in 14 countries.

Documents/ Papers/ Results

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ProDemos - House for Democracy and the Rule of Law, The Hague, the Netherlands
Jochum de Graaf

Coordination Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb)
Pamela Brandt, Martin Hetterich, Thorsten Schilling


NECE Newsletter 03/2018

NECE Conference 2018: Brave new Worlds?! The Future of Democracy and Citizenship Education
6 - 9 September 2018, Marseille (France)
Conference documentation available here.

Lorenzo Marsili on the parliamentary elections in Italy
NECE asked Lorenzo Marsili in what way the results of the parliamentary elections in Italy fit in Europe’s current political landscape. Read the comment here.

bpb statement to the Public consultation on EU funds in the area of values and mobility
The consultation took place as part of the preparations for the Multiannual Financial Framework which will define and shape the EU Budget after 2020. Click here for the PDF-Icon statement and the PDF-Icon questionnaire.

DARE (Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe) Mini-conference on Populism and Democratic Resilience
14 June 2018 in Nafplio, Greece
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25th EUROCLIO Annual Conference and Professional Training and Development Course: Mediterranean Dialogue
April 21-26 2018 in Marseille
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Eurydice Brief: Citizenship Education at School in Europe – 2017
In an age where the importance of citizenship education is becoming apparent to deal with the current threats to fundamental European values, many countries are implementing changes in their national policies. Read more here

NAME CHANGE: “Hard to Reach” Focus Group now “All-in network” - Your chance to get involved!
Labelling learners as “Hard to Reach” immediately suggests that the problem lies with the learner rather than the educational system.
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MAPPING TRANSITION IN EASTERN EUROPE: Experience of Change after the End of Communism, edited by Louisa Slavkova
Click here for the publication

Civic Education in Eastern Europe - bpb publishes collection of essays as free e-book
The publication is available in English and Russian language.