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Last week’s local elections: reading between the Blue and Red lines

This article was written by Whitehouse’s UK Public Affairs Director Max Wilson and originally featured in PR Week. To read the full PR Week article, click here. Thursday’s results weren’t hugely surprising and largely reflect long-term national trends. The Conservatives face multiple challenges, including London being almost exclusively a Labour city now, the ‘Red Wall’ seats being … Continued

French presidential elections: what to expect?

With his presidency hanging in the balance, can Macron cobble together enough votes to see off the threat from the far-right? On Sunday 24th April, French citizens will head to the polls to cast their vote for the incumbent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. In comparison to the last … Continued

The EU is the Netherlands’ “elephant in the room” – Will the Dutch elections results change Rutte’s discourse in Brussels?

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

European Elections: More bad news for Brussels

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

European elections: Taking stock of the hearings of the Commissioners-designate: What’s coming next in European politics?

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

EU Elections series: The new European Commission is taking shape

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

EU Elections series: Italy, the troublemaking country

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

European Elections: Greece is the word

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

European elections: EU top jobs won, and a new leadership in sight

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

European Elections 2019: Manifestos

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