European Elections

  • Bulgaria’s new government – what, if anything, has changed?

    Last week Bulgaria’s National Assembly approved the composition of the new government, following the victory of the centre-right party, GERB, at the snap elections held on 26 March 2017. Following the election, GERB’s leader, Boyko Borisov, became Prime Minister for the third time in eight years. GERB failed to secure an absolute majority at the…

  • Spanish general elections – Political deadlock remains

    After six months of political deadlock, Spaniards headed to the polls on Sunday 26 June for an unprecedented repetition of the general elections. The truth is that little has changed since the December ballot that left the country without an elected government. The conservative Partido Popular (PP) has won most votes and increased the number…

  • The return of Tsipras

    Sunday’s snap election in Greece has resulted in victory for Syriza and Alexis Tsipras, who returns as Prime Minister with a 7.5% margin over his opponent, New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis. While pre-election polls had them neck and neck, in the end Syriza fell just five seats short of an overall majority and will renew…

  • Polish presidential election: a harbinger of times to come?

    Justyna Slominska and George Candon on the prospects for Poland following the presidential elections.   On Sunday conservative challenger Andrzej Duda (Law and Justice party, PiS) unseated incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski (Civic Platform, PO) in Poland’s presidential election. The win was surprising because Komorowski was initially expected to easily win a second term, but the reality…

  • Another Danish political thriller?

    George Candon and Charlotte Norlund-Matthiessen reflect on the forthcoming Danish general election Remember Borgen? Centrist Birgitte Nyholm emerges the unexpected winner to take the premiership. While many Brussels insider Borgen fans will know that Birgitte Nyholm was a close portrayal of current Competition Commissioner and former leader of the centrist De Radikale party Margrethe Vestager,…

  • Spanish regional and local elections – from streets to seats

    Last Sunday’s regional and local elections in Spain has seen the incumbent PP given a thrashing and represented a major win for grassroots movements. Spain held regional elections in 13 of its 17 regions (Andalusia, Catalonia, Galicia, and the Basque Country have separate regional electoral cycles) and local elections in more than 8,000 towns and…

  • Greek elections: anger overcame fear, but is there hope?

    Now that Syriza has formed a government which has already made some statements on its legislative agenda, there is now a little more clarity on  the road forward, and it’s of little comfort to many across Europe and in the troika. Tsipras has just criticised the EU for its stance on Russia, has put the…

  • United by austerity

    By George Candon, Orestis Kalliantzidis and Constantine Levoyannis The dust had barely settled on the outcome of the much-anticipated Greek general election which saw Syriza fall just two tantalizing seats short of an outright majority*, when hot on the heals comes the news that the hard-left party has jumped into bed with the populist rightwing…

  • Greek elections: Fear. Anger. Hope?

    Left-wing Syriza is primed to win power in next Sunday’s general elections in Greece, causing something of a political earthquake not just within Greece, but also without. Syriza has been vocal in talking up renegotiating Greece’s bailout terms and significantly increasing public spending to help those worst hit by austerity measures. Will this mean a…

  • Awaken thee, Romanian!

    “Awaken thee, Romanian!” the Romanian national anthem rallies its citizens from their slumber, to “now, or never, make a new fate” for themselves. Well it seems that Romanians around the world are very much awake and restive after the first round of voting in the presidential elections on Sunday 02 November. This was a campaign…

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