Articles on Elections & Referendums

Fear will save the EU (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 23 May 2019

Pro-European parties can leverage voters’ anxieties to come out on top in election.

Borrell returns: His vision for Europe (Commentary)

Josep Borrell and José Ignacio Torreblanca - 22 May 2019

A conversation between Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell and José Ignacio Torreblanca ahead of the European elections

Seven days to save the European Union (Commentary)

Susi Dennison & Mark Leonard - 16 May 2019

The European Parliament elections take place next week - our latest pan-European polling reveals voters are deeply concerned about what the future holds

The emigration election: Why the EU is not like America (Commentary)

Susi Dennison & Jeremy Shapiro - 14 May 2019

Migration is not the defining issue for most Europeans. As they head to the polls, concerns about the economy and climate change often have higher or equal salience. 

What do Europeans really want? (Commentary)

Ivan Krastev - 14 May 2019

This month’s EU elections aren’t a fight between nationalists and progressives. They are total chaos.

The battle of Istanbul will shape Turkey’s future (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 13 May 2019

After voiding the initial results of the election in Istanbul, a new vote, and a referendum on Erdogan's rule, takes place on 23 June 

Anti-Europe parties aren’t anti-Europe anymore (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 08 May 2019

Instead of promising to protect people from the European Union, populists have started promising to make the EU protect the people

Europe’s underestimated young voters (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 02 May 2019

There are three reasons why pro-European parties should appeal to youth voters

Spain’s election and the temptation of yielding to the far-right (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 02 May 2019

Spain is a bulwark of pro-European values and a progressive immigration policy. The poor performance of the conservatives in the parliamentary elections sends an important message to conservative parties Europe-wide.

The WhatsApp election: The fake news challenge to democracy (Commentary)

Tara Varma - 30 April 2019

India’s general election is an important phase in the battle against fake news. But is it too late to avert further social media-fuelled violence in the volatile campaign atmosphere?