# Populism

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.
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.
(L-R) Spanish conservative Popular Party (PP) leader Pablo Casado, far-left Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias, PM and PSOE candidate Pedro Sanchez and centre-right Ciudadanos (Citizens) leader Albert Rivera wait for the start of a televised debate in Madrid on April 23, 2019 ahead of this weekend's general election. Photo: Javier Soriano / AFP
(L-R) Spanish conservative Popular Party […]

Spanish election: Five things to know

A third general election in less than four years, the emergence of the far-right, the Catalan crisis... Here are five things to know about Spain's early polls taking place on Sunday.
Leader of The Finns Party Jussi Halla-aho (R) and Party Secretary Riikka Slunga-Poutsalo attend a parliamentary election party in Helsinki, Finland on April 14, 2019. Photo: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva / AFP
Leader of The Finns Party Jussi Halla-ah […]

Finland’s far-right fires new warning ahead of EU polls

The strong performance of the far-right in Finland's elections has mirrored the strength of anti-immigrant parties across the continent, just over a month before European parliament elections.
Emmanuel Macron, President of France, speaks during the signing ceremony of the new Franco-German friendship treaty in the coronation hall of the town hall. The so-called Aachen Treaty follows on from the Élysee Treaty of Friendship signed by Adenauer and de Gaulle in 1963. Photo: Oliver Berg/dpa
Emmanuel Macron, President of France, sp […]

Macron urges far-reaching EU reform

French President proposed the creation of a European Agency for the Protection of Democracies, which would help EU nations protect their election processes from cyber-attacks and manipulation.
The new European Parliament will have 705 seats, down from the current 751 because of Britain's scheduled exit from the 28-nation bloc. Photo: Frederick Florin / AFP
The new European Parliament will have 70 […]

Eurosceptic forces set to gain in EU elections: polls

Eurosceptic populists are projected to make gains in European Parliamentary elections in May but mainstream political groups ought to retain their majority, opinion polls suggest.