February 24, 2021
Your weekly roundup of news and analysis of elections in Europe, usually posted on Wednesdays and occasionally updated throughout the week. For a full electoral calendar and interactive map, click here.
Greenland’s Nalunaq gold mine. Greenland has snap elections on April 6, sparked partly by debates over mining. Photo credit: Wikimedia/James St. John (CC BY 2.0)
Greenland Snap Parliamentary Elections: April 6, 2021
Greenland will hold snap parliamentary elections on April 6, 2021. More
Kevin McGwin, Arctic Today (February 18, 2021): Greenland’s parliament calls an early election
France24 (February 17, 2021): Mining fuels Greenland dreams of independence – and political crisis
Finland Municipal Elections: April 18, 2021
Finland is due to hold municipal elections on April 18, 2021. Following the 2019 parliamentary elections, a left-leaning coalition came into government nationally. More
YLE (February 20, 2021): Justice Minister: Decision next week on municipal elections
United Kingdom Local Elections (including Mayor of London and Scottish and Welsh parliaments): May 6, 2021
The United Kingdom (UK) will hold local elections on May 6, 2021. Voters will elect various local councils, plus the mayor of London, plus Scottish and Welsh parliaments. The Scottish elections are particularly high-stakes because if the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) wins a majority, they will pressure the government in Westminster to allow another referendum on independence. More
Andrew McDonald, Politico (February 24, 2021): Scotland’s Salmond vs. Sturgeon fight explained
Conor Matchett, The Scotsman (February 21, 2021): Insight: How the opposition will tackle the SNP’s dominance in May’s elections
Stephen Castle, New York Times (February 18, 2021): The Poisonous Feud Threatening Scotland’s Independence Drive
Croatia Local Elections: May 16, 2021
Croatia has scheduled local elections for May 16, 2021. More
Total Croatia News (February 21, 2021): Twelve Candidacies for Zagreb Mayor Announced So Far
Latvia Municipal Elections: June 5, 2021
Latvia has scheduled municipal elections for June 5, 2021. After that, parliamentary elections are due in October 2022. More
Aaron Eglitis, Bloomberg (February 22, 2021): U.S.-Sanctioned Mayor Who Ran Latvia Is Found Guilty of Graft
France Regional Elections: June 13, 2021
France holds regional elections on June 13, 2021, with a second round on June 20. These come ahead of next year’s presidential and legislative elections, where President Emmanuel Macron potentially faces a formidable challenge from the far-right. More
Nicolas Pinault, Voice of America (February 19, 2021): France Signals It May Try Out Early Electronic Voting
Norway Parliamentary Elections: September 13, 2021
Norway holds parliamentary elections on September 13, 2021. More
Mette Wiggen, openDemocracy (February 18, 2021): As Norway’s far Right declines in popularity, a new populist force rises
TheLocal.no (February 18, 2021): Leader of Norwegian populist party to step down
Iceland Parliamentary Elections: September 25, 2021
Iceland has scheduled its next parliamentary elections for September 25, 2021. More
Andie Sophia Fontaine, Reykjavík Grapevine (February 23, 2021): Iceland’s Political Parties: Who Are These People?
Czech Republic Parliamentary Elections: October 8-9, 2021
The Czech Republic has scheduled parliamentary elections for October 8-9, 2021. The current prime minister, controversial billionaire Andrej Babiš, came to power following the 2017 parliamentary elections. His populist ANO party won a plurality, but not majority, of seats, and he has had a turbulent tenure in office. More
William Nattrass, The Spectator (February 23, 2021): The remarkable rise of the Czech Pirate party
Siegfried Mortkowitz, Politico (February 21, 2021): Czech PM Andrej Babiš under fire for ‘chaotic’ coronavirus response
Estonia Municipal Elections: October 17, 2021
Estonia – a poster child for a successful post-communist transition to democracy – will hold municipal elections on October 17, 2021. More
Andrew MacDowal, World Politics Review (February 24, 2021): Estonia Turns the Page on Its Flirtation With the Far-Right EKRE
Italy General Elections: By June 2023 (due – snap elections possible)
Italy’s next elections aren’t due until June 2023, but as is ever the case with Italy, snap elections are possible. However, in January 2021, the government collapsed after former prime minister Matteo Renzi withdrew his support. Former European Central Bank chief Mario “Super Mario” Draghi formed a government in February 2021.
Hannah Roberts, Politico (February 22, 2021): Italy’s 5Star Movement loses its shine
The Economist (February 20, 2021): Mario Draghi begins the toughest job in European politics
Bosnia and Herzegovina Local Elections Re-Run in Srebrenica and Doboj: February 21, 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) held local elections on November 15, 2020 for mayors and councils in 143 municipalities. Following complaints of irregularities, officials annulled the results of the local elections in Srebrenica and Doboj and held a re-run on February 21, 2021. More
RFE/RL (February 22, 2021): Bosnian Serb Declares Victory In Rerun Srebrenica Vote Amid Muslim Boycott
Ian Bancroft, Balkan Insight (February 19, 2021): Creating a Civic Identity in Bosnia is not a Lost Cause
Kosovo Snap Parliamentary Elections: February 14, 2021
Kosovo held snap parliamentary elections on February 14. The left-wing nationalist Vetëvendosje won, potentially jeopardizing any resolution to a long-standing territorial dispute with Serbia.
Perparim Isufi, Balkan Insight (February 23, 2021): Kosovo’s Oldest Party Needs Reality Check After Election Rout
While Vetevendosje’s win in Kosovo’s parliamentary elections shows that voters’ have reoriented themselves “towards the future and not the past of Kosovo”, Albin Kurti will face problems if he tries to sideline the dialogue with Serbia.https://t.co/pvFAIafwlj
— Balkan Insight (@BalkanInsight) February 20, 2021
Spain, Catalonia Regional Elections: February 14, 2021
Spain’s Catalonia region held elections on February 14. The Socialists won, but secessionists increased their vote share.
Jordi Solé, EU Observer (February 22, 2021): Two lessons worth learning from the Catalan elections
Nicholas Casey and Raphael Minder, New York Times (February 19, 2021): Spain Hoped Catalonia’s Separatists Would Fade. They’re Gaining Ground.
Stratfor (February 18, 2021): A Pro-Secession Majority in Catalonia Signals Uncertainty for Spain
Euronews/AFP (February 17, 2021): New Caledonia: Pro-independence parties win majority in snap elections
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