Elections

23-11-2021

The Brief, powered by ENTSO-E — The Cavaliere’s Gambit

Leading Italian politicians and their parties are getting ready for the election of the next head of state, a process that resembles a complex chess game where the piece delivering checkmate could, sometimes, be the one you least expect.
17-11-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook — Officers to captain a troubled ship

This could also be titled 'Perhaps the last big tent party', as the German conservatives grapple with the inevitable fall-out of their decline and defeat in September.
02-11-2021

The Brief – Eric Zemmour: A non-candidate who enchanted the media

If you're even remotely interested in French politics, chances are you've come across his name in recent weeks. The brouhaha surrounding Eric Zemmour, a presidential candidate who is not running (yet), is hard to miss.
27-10-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook — A bittersweet goodbye for Merkel’s first man

Besides Angela Merkel's husband Joachim Sauer, no one else has been closer to the Chancellor than Peter Altmaier, the current caretaker minister of energy and economy. Altmaier is one of the very few German politicians on a first name basis with Merkel.
20-10-2021

The Brief, powered by EPRA — A yellow traffic light for fiscal integration

“Generating energy from friction,” “focusing on the joint big picture,” — the parties likely to form Germany’s new government are competing for the blandest metaphors in an effort to signal love, peace, and harmony within the budding three-way alliance.
18-10-2021

The Brief, powered by EPRA — Europe’s squeeze on sleaze

Is the sudden departure of a number of prime ministers, who have faced accusations of corruption, just a coincidence?
13-10-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLiA — Can conservatives bring back central eastern Europe?

The defeat of Andrej Babiš in Czechia and the resignation of Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz were hailed by many as a win for Europe’s progressives. What is missed in these arguments is that there are only conservatives in line to replace the populists.
12-10-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLiA — Markus Söder: the enemy within

On 27 September, the German social democrat SPD gave bouquets of flowers to the party’s election-winning candidates: Olaf Scholz for winning across Germany, Franziska Giffey for winning Berlin, and Manuela Schwesig for winning Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
30-09-2021

The Brief, powered by The Greens/EFA — Europe’s future is shaped by its old electorate

Seeing that election results in EU countries are increasingly determined by older voters, one cannot but wonder: What sort of innovations can we really expect from politics these days?
28-09-2021

The Brief, powered by The Greens/EFA — Going Dutch in Germany

The cards for the German Bundestag have been reshuffled, and the parties are preparing to launch the old mating ritual known as 'coalition talks'. Yet, with the new parliament facing an unprecedented degree of fragmentation, these talks are likely to be long and exhausting. Welcome to a Dutch-style German parliament.
22-09-2021

The Brief, powered by EHFG — The rise of the kingmakers

With the new German parliament likely to be more fragmented after the federal election on Sunday (September 26), several small parties are preparing themselves to play a kingmaker role in the subsequent coalition-building talks.
16-09-2021

The Brief, powered by EPRA — Beaten at the post?

With only ten days to go, the German election race is expectedly picking up pace. But just as things are getting heated and — for German standards — dirty, much of the election action might already have been completed.
10-09-2021

The Brief — Barnier’s Brexit derangement syndrome

‘Brexit derangement syndrome’ is an unfortunate affliction. Though now increasingly rare, since June 2016 this ailment, which leads its victims to become mono–obsessive about the UK’s EU membership, has ended friendships and relationships.
08-09-2021

The Brief — Merkel enters the ring

Angela Merkel, the eternal chancellor. Calm, collected, and generally unwilling to debase herself in the political arena. Sixteen years of calm rhetoric are coming to an end just as her conservatives face historic polling lows.
01-09-2021

The Brief – The virtue of imitating Merkel?

It was supposed to be the most important and intriguing German election in 16 years. After all, Angela Merkel, easily Europe’s most influential political figure in the 21st century, is leaving the political stage for good.
28-07-2021

The Brief – There is no medicine for regret

As Germany settles in for the summer and a heavy heat blanket slows political activity in Berlin down to a near standstill, many die-hard Green voters eyeing September's election are heading to their vacation destinations - by train, of course - in a sombre mood.
07-07-2021

The Brief, powered by UNESDA – Everything but content

Two and a half months before the German parliamentary election, the campaign is stuck in a maze of political misgivings, ranging between bad taste and mud-fight, abounding in everything but content, it seems.
07-05-2021

The Brief, powered by GIE – Wind of change over Berlin

German federal elections are rarely fought on foreign policy. But if they were to be, the Greens – we now know – could be more than a safe contender. Knowing that Germany’s incumbent chancellor is stepping down for good in...
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.
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...
03-03-2021

The right to vote for all is a matter of human dignity

As the European Commission is about to unveil the EU's new Strategy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the next decade, Krzysztof Pater writes about one of the areas where discrimination is still acutely felt – the right to vote, effectively denied to many persons with disabilities across Europe.
19-02-2021

Why Fidesz faces a tight race in 2022

At present, it is impossible to predict with confidence who will be the winner of the Hungarian parliamentary elections in 2022, writes Szabolcs Dull.
18-02-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – COVID elections

Like it or not, elections have been held and will continue to be held despite COVID-19 – and the pandemic will continue to leave its impact. Some elections and referendums in the EU in 2020 were postponed while others were...