Europe This Week: April 19, 2023

April 19, 2023

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

The city of Saranda, in the south of Albania. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Gary Bembridge (CC BY 2.0)

Upcoming Europe Elections

Albania Local Elections: May 14, 2023

Tirana Times (April 19, 2023): What do Albania’s upcoming municipal elections mean for foreign investors?

Greece Parliamentary Elections: May 21, 2023

Greece has set parliamentary elections for May 21, 2023, a week after Turkey goes to the polls. The incumbent center-right government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his center-right New Democracy is facing a number of challenges, including a scandal involving domestic surveillance of political opponents and a train crash that killed dozens of people.

Christina Georgaki, CapX (April 19, 2023): Progress or regression: Greeks face a momentous choice at the upcoming election

Latvia Indirect Presidential Election (by parliament): May 31, 2023

LETA (April 19, 2023): Latvia’s Egils Levits decides to run for presidency again

Montenegro Snap Parliamentary Elections: June 11, 2023 (following presidential elections in March and April 2023)

In Montenegro’s recent presidential election, incumbent Milo Djukanovic, who has been president or PM for 33 years, lost to former economy minister Jakov Milatovic. Next up, the country holds snap parliamentary elections in June.

The last elections, the fifth since independence from Serbia in 2006, took place in August 2020. Although the pro-Western Democratic Party of Socialists, which has been in power for 30 years, won the most seats, they did not win a majority, and a coalition of opposition parties united to form a government, but that proved short-lived. Several other governments have risen and fallen, and the political situation remains unstable.

Chris Massaro, Fox News (April 19, 2023): Russian influence peddling adds to fears after election of untested president in European nation

Dmitry Goryachkin, Meduza (April 14, 2023): The president from nowhere: How a 36-year-old with no plans to run for office defeated Montenegro’s long-serving leader for the presidency

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

Adam Parsons, Sky News (April 17, 2023): Poland’s ban on Ukrainian grain boils down to opinion polls and looming election

Raphael Minder, Barbara Erling, Andy Bounds, and Marton Dunai, Financial Times (April 16, 2023): Poland and Hungary defy Brussels to halt Ukraine grain imports

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

Jeremy Cliffe, The New Statesman (April 19, 2023): Spain’s left coalition defied expectations. Can its leader, Pedro Sánchez, win again?

Paula Andrés, Euractiv (April 18, 2023): Water politics: How Spain’s drought became a battle ground for rural votes

European Parliament Elections: May or June 2024 (due)

Suzanne Lynch and Hans von der Burchard, Politico (April 19, 2023): Will Ursula von der Leyen run again? Germany hopes so

Past Europe Elections

Bulgaria Snap Parliamentary Elections: April 2, 2023 (fifth election in two years)

Bulgaria held its fifth election in two years, but the results could continue the ongoing political stalemate.

Sofia Globe (April 18, 2023): Bulgaria’s two major coalitions agree deal on Speaker, legislative programme

Italy Snap Elections: September 25, 2022

Lee Hockstader, Washington Post (April 17, 2023): Italy’s Giorgia Meloni has surprised her critics

Niccolò Barca and Tommaso Grossi, The Nation (April 17, 2023): Can Elly Schlein Pull Italy to the Left?

Ireland General Elections: February 8, 2020

Morwenna Coniam, Bloomberg (April 18, 2023): How Sinn Fein’s Rise Is Shaking Up Ireland’s Politics

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.

Austria, Salzburg State Elections: April 23, 2023

Kosovo Partial Local Elections: April 23, 2023

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

Greece Parliamentary Elections: May 21, 2023

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

Latvia Indirect Presidential Election (by parliament): May 31, 2023

Greece Local Elections: May 2023 (due)

Montenegro Snap Parliamentary Elections: June 11, 2023

Luxembourg Local Elections: June 11, 2023

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

Norway Local Elections: September 11, 2023

Slovakia Snap Parliamentary Elections: September 30, 2023 (proposed – requires parliament to change constitution to allow)

Germany, Hesse and Bavaria State Elections: October 8, 2023

Luxembourg General Elections: October 8, 2023

Switzerland Federal Parliamentary Elections: October 22, 2023

Bulgaria Local 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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