European Elections

Why the European People’s Party struggles to distance itself from Orbán 

Friday 29 May 2020 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

Strife between Hungary and the European institutions has been building for around a decade. There have been angry exchanges, but no genuine rift. Orban’s authoritarian drift seems to have reached its peak, with COVID-19 as an excuse. Will something finally give way?


Institutions: Heads of state still setting the agenda 

Tuesday 30 April 2019 | Yann Mens
| Alternatives Economiques

The Spitzenkandidat system has been criticised by a number of heads of state. Will it be applied this year? 


The murky perks of an MEP  in depth

Thursday 02 May 2019 | Nikolaj Nielsen
| EUobserver

MEPs' receive a gross salary of €8,757.70 per month, plus others reimbursements. But related perks are not transparent, as they don't have to show the receipts for their expenses. 


Political advertising on Facebook in South-East Europe 

Monday 17 June 2019 | Lorenzo Ferrari
Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

Data on political ads posted in the months leading up to the European elections highlights the differences between the political contexts in various member states. In Romania, it’s the national parties who spend the most, in Greece it’s individual candidates, and in Slovenia it’s the European Parliament.


The European elections seen by Twitter

Thursday 06 June 2019 | OBC Transeuropa

What have the candidates for the European Parliament published on Twitter, and how much have the citizens interacted with them? EuVisions analysed 2.3 million Tweets in six member states. 


The von der Leyen Commission: climate change and international governance 

Thursday 28 November 2019 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

After months of delays, the von der Leyen Commission is finally set to take office on the first of December. What did the last few months involve, and why did it take so long?


Battle for Greece 

Thursday 04 July 2019 | Irene Savio
| VoxEurop

Leftwing coalition Syriza’s rise to power in 2015 seemed to swept away the old greek political order. But a journey through the strongholds of these dynasties shows they never went away. Their power lies deeper in history.


The Europeans left out of the European elections  in depth

Thursday 31 January 2019 | Lorenzo Ferrari
Gina Pavone
Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

Almost 17 million EU citizens live in a member state other than their country of origin. These citizens are entitled to vote for the European Parliament from where they reside, but almost none of them do so. It’s a wasted opportunity for a more transnational politics.


How gender balanced will the next European Parliament be? 

Tuesday 26 March 2019 | Gina Pavone
| OBC Transeuropa

Will parties run enough women, and will they be placed in electable positions on electoral lists? Besides electoral systems, determination and concrete action are required to incentivise female representation. Let’s take a look at where we are now, with the numbers in hand.


It’s the fragmentation, stupid! 

Tuesday 11 June 2019 | Cas Mudde
| VoxEurop

The next five years the European Union will be more fragmented than ever. This fragmentation is the key lesson of the 2019 European elections. However, contrary to the dominant narrative of the last decade or so, the old centrist blocs are not confronted with just a plethora of anti-system populist parties and groups.