This year’s election could catapult the Greens to power – but it may not be enough to bring about the reforms Germany needs
Elections & Referendums
Angela Merkel has long resisted updating German defence policy for today’s challenges. Her successor will not be able to avoid the challenge forever
In supporting Trump’s lies and his refusal to concede, some eastern European governments are grooming their supporters to reject the result of any election they might lose
No matter who wins the US election this week, the narrow margin will focus US attention at home, giving China geopolitical room for manoeuvre
In the run-up to a difficult election for President Alexander Lukashenka, the three main opposition candidates have been excluded from the vote and there have been mass arrests. Western countries should try to deter further repression in Belarus without isolating the country.
The Law and Justice party has consolidated its power inside Poland by retaining the presidency – but battles with Brussels and a victory for Biden could cause it trouble
The Belarusian presidential election campaign features at least three candidates the government cannot control or ignore – all of whom have the potential to reach a broad audience.
Polish voters are strongly divided on European issues. An unfair election could intensify these disagreements, threatening to turn Poland into an increasingly problematic partner for other EU member states.
By holding an election that violates fundamental democratic norms, Poland will slip further into the illiberal abyss
For Trump, coronavirus could be the right pandemic at the right time – supplying Republicans with the cover to stop voters turning out