Europe This Week: January 4, 2023

January 4, 2023

A weekly review of news and analysis of elections in Europe, usually posted on Wednesdays and occasionally updated throughout the week.

Charles University – founded in 1348 – in Prague, Czech Republic. The oldest university in Central Europe. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Petr Villus (CC BY 3.0)

Upcoming Europe Elections

Czech Republic Presidential Election: January 13 and 14, 2023 (January 3, 2023): One-third of voters still undecided in Czech presidential election: The race now sees Petr Pavel and Andrej Babiš virtually tied, with Danuše Nerudová trailing slightly

Tim Gosling, Balkan Insight (December 28, 2022): Babis mines polarization in Czech society in bid for presidency

Montenegro Presidential Election: April 2023 and Potential Snap General Elections

Samir Kajosevic, Balkan Insight (January 5, 2023): Montenegro Close to Snap Elections as Govt Negotiations Fail

RFE/RL (December 30, 2022): Montenegro’s Parliament OKs Prime Minister-Designate After Disputed Change In Presidential Powers

Jan Farfal, Visegrad Insight (December 14, 2022): Political Crisis In Montenegro Is Accelerating

Cyprus Presidential Election: February 5, 2023

Gina Agapiou, Cyprus Mail (January 4, 2023): Third candidate pulls out of presidential election

Germany, Berlin State Elections: February 12, 2023, followed by other state elections later this year

Aaron Burnett, The Local (January 3, 2023): How the German government will be tested in 2023 with four state elections

Reuters (January 2, 2023): German minister reignites coalition row with call to review nuclear exit

Hans von der Burchard and Gabriel Rinaldi, Politico (December 8, 2022): German government’s first year in office — rated

Kosovo Partial Local Elections: April 23, 2023

Una Hajdari, Politico (December 29, 2022): Not over yet: EU wary of further Kosovo-Serbia tensions as it pushes final deal

DW (December 10, 2023): Kosovo delays local election in Serbian majority areas: Amid rising tensions, President Vjosa Osamni said the vote would be pushed to April to ensure “a big participation” and have observers monitor the election.


Greece Local Elections: May 2023 and Parliamentary Elections: July 2023

AP (December 31, 2022): Despite Rhetoric, Greek-Turkish Armed Conflict Seen Remote

Tom Ellis, eKathimerini (December 15, 2022): Post-election coalitions, geopolitical concerns

Nektaria Stamouli, Politico (December 13, 2022): The long rise and abrupt fall of Greek MEP Eva Kaili: They were the ‘Brangelina’ of the European Parliament: Nobody could foresee the steep fall of one of the most-glamorous couples in EU politics.

Sarantis Michalopoulos, Euractiv (December 12, 2022): ‘Qatargate’ reshuffles the cards ahead of Greek elections

Slovakia Snap Elections: Mid-2023 (proposed)

AP (December 16, 2022): Slovak leader sets framework for early election after coalition government collapses

Reuters (December 15, 2022): Slovak Parliament Dumps Center-Right Cabinet, Early Election an Option

Switzerland Federal Parliamentary Elections: October 22, 2023

Samuel Jaberg and Marc Leutenegger, (December 29, 2022): What to watch in 2023: the political outlook for Switzerland

Poland Parliamentary and Local Elections: By November 11, 2023

Jan Cienski, Politico (January 5, 2023): It’s all or nothing for Poland’s ruling PiS party this year: The nationalist party isn’t going to have an easy time winning for a third time this year, but it’s in with a chance.

Zoltan Simon, Bloomberg (January 2, 2023): How EU Is Withholding Funding to Try to Rein In Hungary, Poland

Past Europe Elections

Denmark Snap General Elections: November 1, 2022

AFP (December 13, 2022): Denmark gets a new government, six weeks after elections

Bulgaria Snap Elections: October 2, 2022

Slav Okov, Bloomberg (January 3, 2023): Bulgaria Starts New Bid to Form Coalition as Snap Elections Loom

Reuters (December 14, 2022): Bulgaria’s GERB fails to install technocrat government to fill political void

Radosveta Vassileva, New Eastern Europe (December 9, 2022): After yet another election, where are you heading Bulgaria?

Latvia General Elections: October 1, 2022

AP (December 14, 2022): Three parties sign coalition deal to form Latvia’s government: The deal comes weeks after a general election that was shaped by Russia’s war in Ukraine and economic woes.

Italy Snap Elections: September 25, 2022

Andrea Carlo, Euronews (December 20, 2022): The ‘anti-Meloni’: Meet Elly Schlein, Italy’s breakout left-wing star

Portugal General Elections: January 30, 2022

AP (January 2, 2023): Government reshuffle in Portugal after scandal ‘shocks’ the country

Ireland General Elections: February 8, 2020

Shawn Pogatchnik, Politico (December 17, 2022): Leo’s back: Varadkar returns as prime minister of Ireland: Micheál Martin cedes the top job as part of a 2020 coalition pact that kept Sinn Féin out of power.

Europe Elections Coming Up in 2023

Several European countries hold elections that determine who runs the government: Cyprus (fun fact: Cyprus is the EU’s only full presidential system), Monaco, Estonia, Andorra, Finland, Greece, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Poland, and Spain.

In addition, Montenegro and Slovakia appear on track to hold snap elections. And Bulgaria could hold its fourth general election in three years.

Moreover, a number of other countries in Europe could hold snap elections at short notice – it happens.

Czech Republic Presidential Election: January 13 and 14, 2023

Slovakia Referendum on Early Elections: January 21, 2023

Austria, Lower Austria State Elections: January 29, 2023

Cyprus Presidential Election: February 5, 2023

Monaco Parliamentary Elections: February 5, 2023

Cyprus Presidential Runoff: February 12, 2023

Germany, Berlin State Elections: February 12, 2023

Italy, Lazio and Lombardy Regional Elections: February 12, 2023

Estonia General Elections: March 5, 2023

albniaLithuania Local Elections: March 5, 2023

Liechtenstein Local Elections: March 5, 2023

Austria, Carinthia State Elections: March 5, 2023

Netherlands Provincial Council and Water Authority Elections: March 2023 (due)

Andorra Parliamentary Elections: March 2023 (due)

Finland General Elections: April 2, 2023

Austria, Salzburg State Elections: April 23, 2023

Kosovo Partial Local Elections: April 23, 2023

Montenegro Presidential Election (snap parliamentary elections possible): April 2023 (due)

United Kingdom, Local Elections in Some Parts of England: May 4, 2023

Albania Local Elections: May 14, 2023

Germany, Bremen State Elections and Local Elections in Schleswig-Holstein: May 14, 2023

United Kingdom, Local Elections in Northern Ireland: May 18, 2023

Spain Local Elections and Various Regional Elections: May 28, 2023

Latvia Indirect Presidential Election (by parliament): May 2023 (due)

Greece Local Elections: May 2023 (due)

Spain, Regional Elections in Various Regions: June 25, 2023

Luxembourg Local Elections: June 2023 (due)

Greece Parliamentary Elections: July 2023 (due)

Norway Local Elections: September 11, 2023

Switzerland Federal Parliamentary Elections: October 22, 2023

Luxembourg General Elections: October 2023 (due)

Bulgaria Local Elections: October 2023 (due)

Germany, Hesse and Bavaria State Elections: October 2023 (due)

Finland, Åland Elections: October 2023 (due)

Portugal, Regional Elections in Madeira: October 2023 (due)

Poland Parliamentary and Local Elections (due – earlier elections possible): November 11, 2023

Spain General Elections: December 10, 2023 (due – early elections possible)

Switzerland Indirect Presidential Election (by parliament): December 12, 2023

Andorra Local Elections: December 2023 (due)

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