Europe This Week: August 24, 2022

August 24, 2022

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

Sweden’s Riksdagen (Parliament) building. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Ankara (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Upcoming Europe Elections

Sweden Parliamentary and Local Elections: September 11, 2022

Ben Robertson, The Local (August 25, 2022): Why I wish Sweden’s failing Migration Agency was an election issue

Karl Ritter, AP (August 23, 2022): Hard right leader aims for greater role in Swedish election

Charles Szumski, Euractiv (August 23, 2022): Far-right eurosceptics surge in polls before Swedish elections

Italy Snap Parliamentary Elections: September 25, 2022

Carlo Bastasin, Brookings Institution (August 26, 2022): What happens if right-wing Giorgia Meloni wins Italy’s elections?

Angelo Amante, Crispian Balmer and Giselda Vagnoni, Reuters (August 25, 2022): Italy’s Meloni promises to defy Chinese and Russian expansionist ambitions

Giorgio Fontana, Politico (August 25, 2022): Italy’s center left isn’t helping to defeat Meloni: A campaign built only on fear and focusing on a threat is a bad way to attract voters.

Laurence Fletcher and Nikou Asgari, Financial Times (August 24, 2022): Hedge funds build biggest bet against Italian debt since 2008: Investors are worried about the fraught political situation and rising economic challenges

Alessandro Speciale, Bloomberg (August 24, 2022):  

Thomas Fazi and Paolo Cornetti (August 22, 2022): Is Giorgia Meloni an EU puppet? There’s nothing subversive about Italy’s leading ‘fascist’

The Local (August 22, 2022): What election promises have Italy’s political parties made so far?

Bulgaria Snap Elections: October 2, 2022

Ashore Morris, Foreign Policy (August 25, 2022): Energy Is Pulling Bulgaria Back Into Russia’s Orbit: After a break with Moscow, the new caretaker government in Sofia is poised to realign with the Kremlin by signing a new contract with Gazprom.

Boryana Dzhambazova, Politico (August 23, 2022): Bulgaria risks a relapse into its addiction to Russia’s Gazprom: With a caretaker government in place, some fear Sofia could return to buying energy supplies from Moscow’s export monopoly.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidential and Legislative Elections: October 2, 2022

Stefania D’Ignoti, Foreign Policy (August 22, 2022): Meet the Bosnian Youth Trying to Hold Their Country Together: Postwar Bosnia remains deeply divided. These young people are trying to change that

Slovakia Local and Regional Elections: October 29, 2022

Daniel Hornak, Bloomberg (August 20, 2022): Slovakia Heads for Minority Cabinet as Ruling Coalition Splits

Estonia General Elections: March 5, 2023

Richard Milne, Financial Times (August 23, 2022): Estonia hits out at Russian claims over Daria Dugina killing: Foreign minister calls Moscow’s claims that the alleged suspect fled to his country ‘a provocation’

Daniel Boffey, The Guardian (August 20, 2022): ‘I am not blaming anyone’: Estonians shrug off 23% inflation

Montenegro Presidential Election: April 2023 (due) and Early Parliamentary Elections (proposed)

Kenneth Morrison, Transitions Online (August 24, 2022): Church Pact Heralds Fall of Montenegrin Government

Pieter Haeck, Politico (August 20, 2022): Montenegro government falls in no-confidence vote: Government of Prime Minister Abazović had been in office since late April.

Finland Parliamentary Elections: April 2, 2023 (snap elections possible)

Euractiv (August 25, 2022): Opposition party wants NATO command centre in Finland

Jon Henley, The Guardian (August 24, 2022): Under-fire Finnish PM Sanna Marin says even politicians need fun

Denmark General Elections: By June 4, 2023

Amar Diwakar, TRT World (August 23, 2022): Can an AI-led Danish party usher in an age of algorithmic politics?

North Macedonia General Elections: 2024 (snap elections possible)

Alejandro Esteso Pérez, New Eastern Europe (August 22, 2022): France’s EU proposal for North Macedonia teaches us that nationalism shall prevail

Europe Elections Coming Up in 2022 and 2023

Sweden Parliamentary and Local Elections: September 11, 2022

Czech Republic Local and Partial Senate Election: September 23 and 24, 2022

Italy Snap Parliamentary Elections: September 25, 2022

Latvia Parliamentary Elections: October 1, 2022

Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidential and Legislative Elections: October 2, 2022

Bulgaria Snap Elections: October 2, 2022

Austria Presidential Election: October 9, 2022

Germany, Lower Saxony State Elections: October 9, 2022

Slovenia Presidential and Local Elections: October 23, 2022

Slovakia Local and Regional Elections: October 29, 2022

Czech Republic Presidential Election: By January 2023

Austria, Lower Austria State Elections: January 2023 (due)

Cyprus Presidential Election: February 5, 2023

Monaco Parliamentary Elections: February 5, 2023

Austria, Tyrol State Elections: February 2023 (due)

Estonia General Elections: By March 5, 2023

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

Austria, Carinthia State Elections: March 2023 (due)

Finland Parliamentary Elections: April 2, 2023 (snap elections possible)

Montenegro Presidential Election: April 2023 (due)

Austria, Salzburg State Elections: April 2023 (due)

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

Germany, Bremen State Elections: May 14, 2023

Germany, Local Elections in Schleswig-Holstein: May 14, 2022

Greece Local Elections: May 2023 (due)

Latvia Indirect Presidential Election: May 2023 (due)

Denmark General Elections: By June 4, 2023

Luxembourg Local Elections: June 2023

Greece Parliamentary Elections: By August 6, 2023

Norway Local Elections: September 2023

Switzerland Federal Parliamentary Elections: October 2023 (due)

Luxembourg General Elections: October 2023

Bulgaria Local Elections: October 2023

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

Finland, Åland Elections: By October 2023

Poland Parliamentary and Local Elections: By November 11, 2023

Spain General Elections: By December 10, 2023 (snap elections possible)

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