Articles on Elections & Referendums

Can Emmanuel Macron’s ‘great national debate’ save his presidency? (Commentary)

Guillaume Liegey - 29 January 2019

The battle against populism in Europe will not be won by buying into the anti-immigration narrative but by listening to citizens real-life concerns.

The radical right comes to Spain (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 04 December 2018

After this week's election in Spain, the far-right party Vox now has its first MPs. But it is too early to say if we are seeing a resurgence of Spanish nationalism. 

Wildest Dream: A costly election for Georgia’s ruling party (Commentary)

Tornike Sharashenidze - 30 November 2018

This week, Georgians chose a new president in a controversial election. Now, they have to live up to their promises

The Iron Chancellor: Angela Merkel’s endgame (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 01 November 2018

For now, Europe will get more of the Merkel it knows so well: pragmatic, process-minded, and vision-free.

European election 2019: Can we cry wolf one more time? (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 31 October 2018

If Europhobic parties gain significant ground in June next year, it will be as much the fault of the mainstream parties as the insurgents

Midterms of engagement: How the next US elections will affect Europe (Commentary)

Jeremy Shapiro - 31 October 2018

On 6 November, Americans will head to the polls in congressional elections widely seen as a test of Donald Trump's presidency. The stakes are high for Trump - will he become unleashed or unhinged? 

The rise of Estonia’s radical right: to engage or not to engage? (Commentary)

Kristi Raik - 15 October 2018

The rise of the right-wing party EKRE in Estonia is putting in question the country's political landscape ahead of the parliamentary elections in March 

Unlocking Sweden’s EU potential (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 07 September 2018

ECFR’s new EU28 survey points to a bigger role for Sweden inside the EU – if it can break out of its Nordic comfort zone

The march of the populist right: Is Sweden next? (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 31 August 2018

The Sweden Democrats are set to lose the election – but win the power of kingmaker.

No silver ballot: The problems with a Donbas referendum (Commentary)

Carl Bildt - 01 August 2018

The war in Donbas is Europe's worst active conflict - a referendum would not help