Articles on Elections & Referendums

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.

Bringing the radical right in: Lessons learned from Spain (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 13 November 2019

Vox’s success in Spain illuminates some of populism’s successful escalation strategies, as well as the mistakes of mainstream parties.

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.