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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

Why Viktor Orbán and his allies won’t win the EU elections (Commentary)

Ivan Krastev - 20 March 2019

Right-wing populists think voters obsess about immigration. But that’s not the case.

Hungary and the EU: When streetfighters enter coffee-houses (Commentary)

Tibor Dessewffy - 18 March 2019

Viktor Orbán may reject the EU’s way of doing things. But the political maelstrom he has helped unleash could equally see him floored

Sleeping with the enemy: the dangers for Europe of accommodating nationalists (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 27 February 2019

Politicians from Macron to Di Maio have co-opted right-wing nationalist strategies in order to reach disillusioned voters. Instead, Europe's leaders must focus on crafting a new narrative ahead of May's EP elections. 

How Europe’s populists can win by losing (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 04 February 2019

The European Parliament elections this May have been described as a make-or-break moment for the future of the European project – and for good reason. With plans to form a populist united front, Eurosceptic parties need only capture one-third of parliamentary seats to bring EU governance to a crawl.