Elections

The populist challenge
Quo vadis, Europe? After the crucial electoral year of 2017, populism has not disappeared. In 2018, another 10 EU countries - including Italy, Ireland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Finland and Sweden - will hold general, presidential or local elections. Traditional parties are holding their breath again, facing the rise of populist rivals. How will Europe respond to this ongoing challenge to the established order?
26 May 2019, Belgium, Brüssel: Numerous European flags flutter in the wind in front of the Berlaymont building, the seat of the European Commission. From 23 May to 26 May, the citizens of 28 EU states will elect a new parliament. Photo: Marcel Kusch/dpa
26 May 2019, Belgium, Brüssel: Numerous […]

Centre parties post losses in EU elections, coalition jostling begins

The European Parliament elections resulted in a loss for the main centre-left and centre-right political parties in several countries across the bloc. On the contrary, the liberals and the Greens have experienced a boost.
Manfred Weber (R), European People's Party (EPP) candidate and Frans Timmermans, Party of European Socialists (PES) candidate, pose prior to a TV debate at the studios of public broadcaster ZDF in Berlin on May 16, 2019. Photo: John MacDougall / AFP
Manfred Weber (R), European People's Par […]

What is a European party?

European parliamentary groups are not fully-fledged parties, but loose federations of national movements, roughly organised by ideology.
Candidates for the upcoming European Commission president elections pose ahead of the Eurovision presidential debate at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on May 15, 2019. Photo: Aris Oikonomou / AFP
Candidates for the upcoming European Com […]

How Europe will choose its next generation of leaders

This week's European parliamentary elections will launch a scramble for the continent's top leadership jobs -- it but won't decide the winners.
ILLUSTRATION: A woman holds a European flag in the slot of a ballot box (posed photograph). From 23 to 26 May 2019, the citizens of the European Union will elect the European Parliament for the ninth time. Photo: Patrick Pleul/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB
ILLUSTRATION: A woman holds a European f […]

European far-right alliance celebrates ‘new chapter’ in Milan

Italy's deputy premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has invited European nationalist and far-right parties to a rally in Milan before the European Parliament elections, to discuss a potential alliance.
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