Articles on Elections & Referendums

Germany: Politics in times of terror (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 22 December 2016

Initial reactions from the public have been marked by collective grief but not by calls for revenge.

The challenge for Berlin in 2017 (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 13 December 2016

Berlin will need to manage the fears of its fellow members, especially in regard to three specific issues.

Austria’s election result will do little to halt the populist surge in Europe (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 06 December 2016

While Europe might take solace from the presidential election result, it should recognise that Austria’s Eurosceptic drift will not be halted by Van der Bellen.

Italy’s constitutional reform referendum: What you need to know (Commentary)

Silvia Francescon & Giovanni Fedele - 02 December 2016

With Renzi declaring that he will resign if the electorate rejects his reforms, the referendum is now widely seen as a vote of confidence on the government itself.

Turning the page: Germany at the peak of continuity (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 01 December 2016

Germany’s coming election campaign will be the last of its kind — the final page in the first chapter of the history of the Berlin Republic

The bear in the room: François Fillon and the lurch towards Russia (Commentary)

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil - 29 November 2016

No EU head of state has yet dared to break the EU’s consensus on Russian sanctions. Will François Fillon be the first?

Putin’s friends in Europe (Commentary)

Fredrik Wesslau - 19 October 2016

The upsurge of populism in Europe has provided Russia with an ample supply of sympathetic political parties across the continent.

View from Sofia: In the shadow of elections (Commentary)

Denica Yotova - 14 October 2016

Bulgaria's Russia policy could go in any direction after 6 November.

Hungary’s migrant quota referendum: Never let a good crisis go to waste (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 09 September 2016

A likely ‘no’ vote in Hungary’s legally questionable referendum will provide ammunition for Orbán’s battle with Brussels.