Elections and parties

Brexit marks one of the biggest crises to face the European Union. The outcome of the upcoming elections will be crucial to Europe’s future. On the one hand, this section will analyse the electoral situation in individual countries, including the formation of a government in Sweden and the parliamentary elections in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece and Poland and the local council elections in Germany, Spain and Turkey. On the other hand, the political developments surrounding the European Parliament elections will be a major focus. Social issues in particular will be discussed with respect to the European left from both country-specific and Europe-wide perspectives, and strategies will be developed that the left can use to counter nationalist and right-wing populist movements.

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As the European Parliament elections this June draw nearer, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation is conducting a series of interviews with left-wing parties and candidates from across the EU on the election campaign, their political programmes, and the challenges facing left-wing forces domestically and at a European level. The foundation’s Duroyan Fertl spoke to... read more "Opposing Finland’s Thatcherist Turn"
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In the Spanish State, all indicators seem to point in the same direction: we are coming to the end of a cycle, in which what has been called the “Space for Change” is in retreat and even disappearing in many regions. Significant internal disagreements within the Left, right-wing and far-right parties committed to propagating fake news and stoking ... read more "Low Expectations for Spain’s Divided Left"
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As the European Parliament elections this June draw nearer, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation is conducting a series of interviews with left-wing parties and candidates from across the EU on the election campaign, their political programmes, and the challenges facing left-wing forces domestically and at a European level. The foundation’s Duroyan Fertl spoke to... read more "“Back to Basics”"
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(German) In Belgien finden die Wahlen zum Europäischen Parlament wieder im Schatten der nationalen Parlaments- und Regionalwahlen statt, somit dürfte auch mit ähnlichen Ergebnissen zu rechnen sein. Wird die belgische Arbeiterpartei PTB nach diesem Superwahljahr ihren Schwung beibehalten können?
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An interview with Hanna Gedin from the Swedish Left Party Vänsterpartiet on the priorities and challenges of the Swedish Left ahead of the European elections.  In the lead up to the 2024 European Parliament elections this June, the Rosa Luxemburg-Stiftung is conducting a series of interviews with parties and ... read more "”We need to give people hope”"
“Someone who cares about housing.“ Kay-Michael Dankl is not only present in the neighbourhoods during the election campaign. The KPÖ candidate for the office of mayor in Salzburg achieved 28 percent in the municipal elections on 10 March and made it to the run-off, where he is running against the SPÖ candidate. KPÖ

Learning from Salzburg

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KPÖ Plus becomes the second strongest force in the municipal council and mayoral elections in Salzburg Kay-Michael Dankl is greeted with cheers as he arrives on his bike at the Volksheim community centre in Salzburg. Several hundred friends and comrades have gathered at the venue on the evening of 10 March to celebrate election night.... read more "Learning from Salzburg"
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The local and regional (autonomous community) elections of May 2023 marked a shift to the right across most of the Spanish state. Barcelona was no exception: the intense mobilization of the richest neighbourhoods and the electoral stagnation of Barcelona en Comú, the party with which Ada Colau had governed the ... read more "Eight years of political change in Barcelona"
The leader of the Democratic Alliance (AD) coalition Luis Montenegro holding his victory speech during the election night on 10 march 2024, Lisbon. IMAGO / SOPA Images
While the votes are still being counted (four MPs representing the Portuguese communities abroad are still to be elected), and after a night of volatile emotions, the main right-wing coalition, the Democratic Alliance (AD, formed by the main right-wing party, the PSD, and a smaller partner, the CDS), ... read more "Portugal: high instability and a shift to the right"