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?
Greek opposition New Democracy conservative party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis (C) delivers a speech in front of the party's headquarters. According to projections, the conservatives have clearly won the parliamentary elections in Greece.
Greek opposition New Democracy conservat […]

New PM Mitsotakis: ‘Voters gave us strong mandate to change Greece’

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the leader of the conservative New Democracy (ND) party, is to be sworn in as Greece's new prime minister on Monday. Economic reforms and bilateral collaborations with Europe are on his agenda.
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.
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