Europe This Week: August 2, 2023

August 2, 2023

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

The Alcalá Gate in Madrid, Spain. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Diego Delso (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Upcoming Europe Elections

Germany, Hesse and Bavaria State Elections: October 8, 2023 (next federal election by October 2025)

Ben Knight, DW (July 31, 2023): German intel: AfD taken over by extremist factions

Hans von der Burchard, Politico (July 30, 2023): German far right picks EU lead candidate, wants European anti-migrant ‘fortress’

Reuters (July 29, 2023): Thousands protest against Germany’s far-right AfD party

DW (July 28, 2023 – video): Germany’s far-right AfD expected to make gains in Bavaria

Bulgaria Local Elections: October 29, 2023

Sofia Globe (July 29, 2023): Bulgaria to hold 2023 municipal and mayoral elections on October 29

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

DW (August 1, 2023): Poland’s far-right Confederation party set to be kingmaker

Wojciech Kośč, Politico (July 27, 2023): Outcry in Poland after claims that prosecutors drained cesspit in abortion probe: Reproductive rights dominate pre-election debate in Poland after reports of law enforcement targeting women for suspected abortions.

Finland Presidential Election: January 28, 2024

YLE News (July 28, 2023): Presidential election campaign period officially begins; Aaltola to announce decision next week

European Union, European Parliament Elections: June 6-9, 2024

 Nicholas Vinocur and Suzanne Lynch, Politico (August 2, 2023): The Schemer: Macron’s man is plotting to run the EU

Eddy Wax, Politico (July 28, 2023): European Parliament set to grow by 15 MEPs in 2024: France, Spain and the Netherlands set to get two more seats each in next mandate.

North Macedonia General Elections: Due in 2024 (early elections possible)

Reuters (July 30, 2023): Ethnic Albanian party in North Macedonia offers deal to clear the way to join EU

Past Europe Elections

Spain General Elections: July 23, 2023

Joan Faus, Reuters (August 2, 2023): Catalan kingmaker tells Spain’s Sanchez not to take support for granted

David Cutts and Paul Kennedy, London School of Economics (July 31, 2023): Is Spain heading for another general election?

Barney Jopson, Financial Times (July 31, 2023): Madrid’s Isabel Díaz Ayuso boosted as leader-in-waiting by right’s election setback

Aitor Hernández-Morales, Politico (July 29, 2023): Spain election repeat more likely after expat vote count: Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s already narrow path to a new administration just became trickier.

Italy General Elections: September 25, 2023

James Rothwell, The Telegraph (July 30, 2023): Italy intends to leave ‘atrocious’ partnership with China

China’s Malign Influence

Shannon Thaler, New York Post (July 27, 2023): TikTok has been pushing Chinese propaganda to millions of users in Europe: analysis

Europe Elections Coming Up in 2023

Latvia Indirect Presidential Election (by parliament): May 31, 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 29, 2023

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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