Articles on National Politics

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 election: A win for "No pasarán"? (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 29 April 2019

Pedro Sánchez united the vote in the face of the Vox threat. The other big winner was Ciudadanos – which could now supplant the conservative PP as the main opposition

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

Estonia’s cold conservative spring (Commentary)

Kristi Raik - 21 March 2019

As the political climate in Estonia grows increasingly polarised, the radical right-wing EKRE party may enter a governing coalition for the first time.