Articles on Elections & Referendums

National populism at the heart of Europe: When will the clash come? (Commentary)

Adam Balcer - 07 November 2019

National populism in central Europe is a serious threat to the European Union, deepening longstanding divides and harming the support citizens of the region give to the EU.  

After the French veto: The new scramble for the Western Balkans (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva & Tara Varma - 25 October 2019

Without a credible path to EU membership, the Western Balkans could easily succumb to the lure of regional nationalism – and to generous Russian, Turkish, and Chinese offers in the EU’s own back yard.

An unprecedented setback for Orbán: Hungary’s municipal elections (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 18 October 2019

The Orbán government will likely fuel conflict with newly appointed opposition mayors, taking every chance to portray them as incompetent.

 

Poland after the election: New headaches for the EU (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 15 October 2019

The freshly re-elected Law and Justice party will now be more emboldened than ever in its dealings with Brussels.

The real battle for Poland’s future (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka & Piotr Buras - 11 October 2019

Jaroslaw Kaczynski promises the ‘Polish model of the welfare state’ and social protection like in the West - but if his party stays in power after the October 13 election, the country will drift further away from its hard-won freedoms and connections with Europe 

The Polish election by numbers (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka & Piotr Buras - 09 October 2019

Polling on the upcoming election in Poland reflects a society often at odds with the ruling party. This is the election broken down by numbers.

A win for Orbán? Hungary and the new European Commission (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 17 September 2019

The man nominated to encourage democratic norms among the EU’s neighbours has overseen the degradation of Hungary’s own standards. The damage could already be done.

A new era in Rome (Commentary)

Teresa Coratella - 05 September 2019

The diverse new Italian government has high ambitions

Bewitched by Brexit: Referendums and modern democracy (Commentary)

Caroline de Gruyter - 03 September 2019

Brexit is putting parliamentary democracy in question

The end of monogamy in Europe? (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 29 May 2019

With two thirds of Europeans voting for a pro-European party, the big challenge now is for the political groups to move beyond their status quo ways of working