Elections

Estonian PM Ratas resigns awaiting corruption charges

13-01-2021

Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas resigned on Wednesday (13 January) after an enquiry into a property development project in the capital which could see him accused of corruption.

20-04-2021

Parties launch ‘Battle of Madrid’ ahead of snap regional poll

Political parties vying for power in Madrid’s regional parliament have officially launched their campaigns, two weeks days ahead of a snap vote taking place amid rising COVID-19 cases and deep political polarisation. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
20-04-2021

Germany’s CDU backs Laschet for chancellor candidate after bruising spat

Armin Laschet, the leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats (CDU) has won the backing of his party to run as the conservative chancellor candidate to succeed Angela Merkel at the September election. The move comes after rival Markus Söder, who leads...
19-04-2021

Promising renewal, Baerbock to run as German Greens chancellor candidate

Germany's Greens have put forward their co-leader Annalena Baerbock as their candidate for federal elections in September in the party's first bid to win the chancellery since it was founded 40 years ago.
15-04-2021

Outgoing Bulgarian PM Borissov puts forward diplomat for successor

Outgoing Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Wednesday (14 April) put forward Daniel Mitov, a diplomat, as his successor although most analysts agree that the proposed cabinet will likely be rejected by the new Parliament.
Politics 12-04-2021

Germany’s far-right AfD firms up election strategy with EU exit and anti-lockdown campaign

Germany’s far-right AfD party vowed to campaign for an end to COVID-19 restrictions, a tougher line on migration and an exit from the EU as it finalised its manifesto for the September elections on Sunday (11 April), with the radical...
07-04-2021

German Greens mull top candidate for landmark post-Merkel election

The German Greens will decide later this month which of their two co-leaders to put forward as their candidate to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel in September’s landmark election, the party said on Wednesday (7 April).
07-04-2021

Bye Frexit, hello ecology: Why Le Pen’s party programme has a new agenda

With France's regional and presidential elections already looming on the horizon, Marine Le Pen's right-wing Rassemblement national (RN) seems to want to rework its roadmap. On the agenda: more ecology, but no more return to the franc.
06-04-2021

Borissov suggests expert cabinet after election rout

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov's centre-right party came first in the weekend's parliamentary elections, partial results showed Monday (5 April), but with protest parties surging it has no clear partner to form a governing coalition.
05-04-2021

Bulgarians vote for change, send three new parties to Parliament

Bulgaria's election on Sunday (4 April) saw three new parties, largely representing the anti-corruption protests of last summer, enter parliament. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov's ruling conservative GERB remained the strongest single party but with slim chances of forming a government and staying in power.
01-04-2021

The Brief, powered by bp – Dress rehearsal elections

As Bulgarians are gearing up for a general election on Sunday (4 April), the crucial issue - or risk, for some - is whether Boyko Borissov, who has run the poorest EU country with small interruptions since 2009, will get another mandate.
01-04-2021

On his last day with the Commission, Barnier says Brexit reality starts hitting

The European Union's former Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Wednesday (31 March) the reality of Britain's decision to leave the bloc was only now being felt, years after the British 2016 referendum on membership.
30-03-2021

The Brief, powered by bp – Vanity before victory

At the start of the year, Scottish independence looked more likely than ever before. Opinion polls consistently suggested that a majority of Scots would vote for independence should a second referendum be held. The EU, meanwhile, might soon be restored...

The Brief, powered by BP – Franco-German troubleshooting

Two parallel efforts to develop Europe’s next-generation fighter jets are making progress. One of them, however, looks like it is stalling, caught in a spat between participants and political realities. The European defence market is looking forward to two sixth-generation...
23-03-2021

Spain’s centre-right Popular Party predicted to win Madrid snap poll

Spain's centre-right Popular Party (Partido Popular, PP) looks set to comfortably win a snap regional election scheduled for 4 May in Madrid, according to a recent poll. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
22-03-2021

US, Europe press Turkey to rethink ditching of Istanbul Convention

US and European leaders denounced what they called Turkey's baffling and concerning decision to pull out of an international accord designed to protect women from violence, and urged President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to reconsider.
19-03-2021

Left-wing alliance in northern France: a taster for the 2022 presidential election?

After the announcement that France’s left-wing and Green parties will present a common list for the regional elections in the North of France, EURACTIV.fr looks into whether such a strategy could also be adopted for the upcoming 2022 presidential election.
18-03-2021

Pro-Europe Dutch politician Kaag books gains in election

Former diplomat Sigrid Kaag, who heads the largest left-leaning party in the Netherlands, booked major gains at a national election after campaigning on a cosmopolitan pro-Europe platform that stands in contrast with Prime Minister Mark Rutte's euroscepticism.
17-03-2021

Five things to know about virus-dominated Dutch vote

Dutch voters go to the polls on Wednesday (17 March) for the last day of a three-day parliamentary election, in which Prime Minister Mark Rutte is aiming for a fourth term in office.
17-03-2021

Spanish deputy PM quits to stand in Madrid election

Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias triggered a political earthquake earlier this week when he announced his resignation from the post to unite regional forces against the far-right in regional elections in Madrid. EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE reports.
16-03-2021

Council of Europe voices concern on Polish media laws

Europe's top human rights body on Tuesday (16 March) voiced concern over two draft media laws in Poland and warned about the possible "suffocation of independent media outlets".
16-03-2021

Eyeing EU stimulus, Bulgarian parties pledge green transformation

Bulgarian political parties are showing an uncharacteristic interest in green policies ahead of elections on April 4, not least because the country is one of the largest per capita beneficiaries of EU funds and is now required to invest in climate and environmental issues.
14-03-2021

Merkel’s CDU suffers record defeats in regional elections

Germany’s Christian Democrats (CDU) suffered record defeats in two regional elections on Sunday (14 March) amid voter anger over a sluggish coronavirus vaccine roll-out and a party corruption scandal that has left Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party reeling as it decides...
12-03-2021

Ex-PM Letta volunteers to lead Italy’s Democratic Party

Former Italian prime minister Enrico Letta on Friday (12 March) announced his candidacy as leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), the second biggest party in Mario Draghi's new national unity government.
10-03-2021

Watchdog warns of ‘dire press situation’ ahead of Bulgarian elections

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Wednesday (10 March) published 10 recommendations  to address what they called “the dire press freedom situation in Bulgaria”, ahead of elections early next month.