From 15th to 17th March, the Netherlands held its general elections. Following today’s official announcement, it is now a done deal: the Dutch conservative-liberal party VVD will once again be the largest party in the lower house of Parliament (“Tweede Kamer”), with 34 seats. The results mean Mark Rutte will be given another chance in … Continued
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Conservative nationalist has taken a firm hold in central Europe and nowhere is this more evident than in Poland. When the Law and Justice party (PiS) won elections in 2015, few political commentators saw their reign as anything more than temporary, yet Monday saw the party win their second consecutive term, a sign that nationalist … Continued
On Tuesday, 8th October the hearings of Commissioners-designates terminated. In the past few weeks, the 27 potential future Commissioners were scrutinised by Committees of the European Parliament. The UK did not put forward any candidate for the Commissioner’s job branding the issue “a distraction” as Britain prepares to leave the EU on 31st October. The … Continued
While many were probably enjoying the calm summer period, European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has been in full speed mode for the past couple of months trying to get the leaders of the different EU member states to name their official candidates for the next European Commission. With the deadline for nominations passed, … Continued
Summer 2019 will be remembered as a summer of great uncertainty for the European Union. From the imminent departure of the United Kingdom from the EU bloc to the political mid-summer crisis triggered by the leader of the Italian far-right populist party The League, Matteo Salvini last week, the situation in Europe seems to be … Continued
The first European nation to embrace populism, Greece, has become the first to escape it. In an unexpected glimmer of hope for democracy and mainstream politics, Greece’s snap election last week saw a victory for Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the leader of the centre-right New Democracy party. Mitsotakis’s victory benefitted from a growing sense of disillusionment amongst … Continued
The victory of the underdog Following 48 hours of intense negotiations, started with the inconclusive European Council on 30 June, European leaders finally deliberated, on the evening of 2 July, over the candidates for the EU top jobs. European Heads of States adopted the decision to propose for formal approval to the European Parliament Ursula von der Leyen as candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission. A German national and Defence Minister in Merkel’s government, Ursula … Continued
Elections to the European Parliament are under-way! The Whitehouse Team has analysed the manifestos of the main European political groups to help you navigate what the next five years have in store for the EU. What are the plans of the European People’s Party; what are the key policies of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists … Continued
Associate Political Consultant Chenoa Geerts analyses the election results in The Netherlands and implications for the European Union.
Senior Political Consultant Ben Rochelle has analysed the importance of upcoming by-elections for Huffington Post UK.
The Whitehouse team has produced an analysis of the local government elections.
We shouldn’t overanalyse the recent by-election results, argues Whitehouse Political Consultant Sam Blainey.