Articles on Elections & Referendums

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?

Spain’s craziest election ever (Commentary)

Carla Hobbs & José Ignacio Torreblanca - 26 April 2019

Spain's snap election will be of "existential importance" - below, an explainer to get ready for Sunday outlining the contenders and possible outcomes 

Italy’s distracted political elite (Commentary)

Teresa Coratella - 24 April 2019

May's European Parliament election will shape the future of Italian political parties - will it enable traditional mainstream parties to stage a recovery? 

Is winter coming to the EU? (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 24 April 2019

Many observers expect a grand showdown between the forces of “open” and “closed” societies in next month’s European Parliament elections, with the very future of the European Union at stake. They are right to be worried, but wrong about the reason

The Zelensky enigma: A different kind of populist (Commentary)

Andreas Umland - 16 April 2019

The second round of Ukraine's election for president takes place on 21 April; the comedian and political novice Volodymyr Zelensky is in the lead

After Prespa: Could the North Macedonia name agreement fall apart? (Commentary)

Constantinos Filis - 28 March 2019

Both North Macedonia and Greece are gearing up for new elections. Political forces on all sides are ready to go into political battle over the Prespa Agreement

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.