Europe This Week: January 3, 2024

January 3, 2024

Protesters in Belgrade, Serbia on December 23, 2023. Photo credit: Wikimedia/СРБИН.инфо (CC BY 3.0)

Upcoming Europe Elections

Belgium Parliamentary and Regional Elections: June 9, 2024

RFI (January 1, 2024): Belgium faces election juggling act as it takes over rotating EU presidency

Germany State Elections in Saxony and Thuringia: September 1, 2024 and Brandenburg: September 22, 2024 (federal elections due by October 2025)

Alexander Ratz and Thomas Escritt, Reuters (January 1, 2024): German liberals narrowly vote to stay in Scholz’s fractious coalition

Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico (December 28, 2023): Why Germany’s lifeless coalition won’t die: Fearing the wrath of voters, Chancellor Olaf Scholz will try to keep his government on life support in 2024.

North Macedonia Parliamentary Elections: April 24, 2024

Sinisa Jakov Marusic, Balkan Insight (December 29, 2023): North Macedonia: Calm Prevails Despite Ethnically-Charged Incidents

Iceland Presidential Election: June 1, 2024

Steindor Gretar Jonsson, Iceland Review (January 2, 2024): President Will Not Seek Re-election

United Kingdom General Elections: Due by January 2024 (earlier elections likely)

Brendan Hughes, BBC (January 2, 2024): NI politics 2024: Strikes, elections and a Stormont deal?

Benedict Smith, The Telegraph (December 31, 2023): Tory strategists target November for general election

Tim Wallace, The Telegraph (December 29, 2023): Sunak faces bleakest economic backdrop to election since 1992

Reuters (December 27, 2023): UK’s Hunt to deliver budget on March 6 as election looms

Past Europe Elections

Serbia Parliamentary Elections: December 17, 2023

RFE/RL (January 2, 2024): Vucic Rejects Calls To Annul Disputed Serbian Elections Amid Demonstrations

AFP (December 30, 2023): Thousands protest in Belgrade in biggest rally yet against alleged electoral fraud

Iva Martinovic, RFE/RL (December 29, 2023): As Postelection Protests Rock Serbia, Hunger Striker Becomes The Face Of The Opposition

Katarina Baletic, Balkan Insight (December 28, 2023): Serbian Lawyer: Court Unlikely to Annul Disputed Elections

Poland Parliamentary Elections: October 15, 2023

AP (December 27, 2023): Poland’s president defies new government in battle over control of state media

Semafor (December 27, 2023): Poland to liquidate state media agencies accused of propaganda

Regional Analysis

Allison Meakem, Foreign Policy (January 2, 2024): Europe’s Most Boring Parliament Gets Ready for a Continentwide Vote

James Crisp, The Telegraph (December 31, 2023): ‘Beginning of the end’ for EU as we know it after surge in hard-Right support

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