Articles on Elections & Referendums

An election in Belarus: How the West could support a marginalised opposition (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 21 July 2020

In the run-up to a difficult election for President Alexander Lukashenka, the three main opposition candidates have been excluded from the vote and there have been mass arrests. Western countries should try to deter further repression in Belarus without isolating the country.

Poland under Duda: A divided country, dividing Europe (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka & Piotr Buras - 14 July 2020

The Law and Justice party has consolidated its power inside Poland by retaining the presidency – but battles with Brussels and a victory for Biden could cause it trouble.

The least predictable Belarusian election in decades (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 28 May 2020

The Belarusian presidential election campaign features at least three candidates the government cannot control or ignore – all of whom have the potential to reach a broad audience. 

Poland's presidential election: Political chaos and divides on Europe (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka & Piotr Buras - 07 May 2020

Polish voters are strongly divided on European issues. An unfair election could intensify these disagreements, threatening to turn Poland into an increasingly problematic partner for other EU member states.

Poland’s presidential election: Three battles for the future of Europe (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 06 May 2020

By holding an election that violates fundamental democratic norms, Poland will slip further into the illiberal abyss.

The corona election: How Trump might use the pandemic to win (Commentary)

Jeremy Shapiro - 27 April 2020

For Trump, coronavirus could be the right pandemic at the right time – supplying Republicans with the cover to stop voters turning out.

Kaczynski’s folly: Time for Europeans to speak out (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 15 April 2020

European leaders and public authorities should call upon the government in Warsaw to postpone the presidential election on May 10.

No more red lines left to cross: The Hungarian government’s emergency measures (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 02 April 2020

The Hungarian government now has a great deal of flexibility to rule as it sees fit, provided that it portrays its actions as being in the interests of crisis management.

Gangster governance: How Slovakia fought back against corruption (Commentary)

Chris Raggett - 06 March 2020

The events surrounding Slovakia’s parliamentary election show how endemic corruption can lead to unpredictable political transitions.

Belarus votes: Could its verdict matter? (Commentary)

Olga Dryndova - 15 November 2019

Belarus could be standing on the brink of change. The EU should not ignore events on its outer border – and, indeed, should look for new ways to engage its neighbour.