Germany is getting ready for its federal elections on September 26, known as the easy-to-pronounce Bundestagswahl. This year marks the end of the reign of Angela Merkel, who’s been serving as chancellor since 2005. Her party, the Christian Democratic Union, might wish for her to stay on for another four years, not least because it is […]
My latest article was published on Journal. It can be found HERE. France is en route to a presidential election next year, and for the French political parties, campaigning does not end at the borders. We talked to the representatives of the different groups in Luxembourg, to get their take on 2022. If you want to […]
Mid-summer episode of ConsEUmer, with your host Bill Wirtz (@wirtzbill). In this week’s episode: 🌱 Environmental groups want organic-only by 2035 🧳 Travelling to the EU from visa-exempt countries will be harder from next year on 🇩🇪 Germany is voting next month (w/ Fred Roeder) 🇧🇬 Bulgarians protest government over wiretapping scandal (w/ Nikolay Filibev) […]
France recently held its regional elections—do not worry if you did not know, because apparently it was news to many French people as well. With a historic abstention rate of 66 percent, the French have never cared less for who is governing their region. In some regions, less than 12 percent of eligible voters took to the […]
Dëse Reportage gouf fir RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg produzéiert, a gouf de 4. Dezember iwwerdroen. De ganze Beitrag fënnt een och hei. Wéi kënnen déi nächst Europawale méi schmackhaft gi fir d’Wieler? Mat där Fro beschäftegt sech d’Europäescht Parlament. An enger rezenter Resolutioun denkt si iwwer Reformen no, wéi d’Walrecht ab 16, Länneriwwergräifend Kandidaturen, a paritéitesch […]
The challenges facing President-elect Joe Biden seem unsurmountable from the perspective of a European. Biden needs to simultaneously juggle an incumbent president challenging the legitimacy of the election, large chunks of the voting population skeptical of the democratic process, the far left wing of his own party, a Republican Senate, the COVID-19 pandemic, and an […]
It’s been a rough morning for the British left, following the general election on Thursday. Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party dominated the field with 364 out of 650 seats in the House of Commons, a very comfortable absolute majority. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party gathered 203 seats, in what can only be described as a crushing defeat. […]
Since Theresa May’s very awkward impromptu dance at a Tory party conference last year, you could say that British Conservatives should probably refrain from pop-inspired musical numbers. That said, Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” applies quite well to Boris Johnson’s general election campaign. With a 12-point lead in the polls, Johnson could be looking at an 80-seat […]
Ursula von der Leyen, nouvelle présidente de la Commission européenne, élue hier à 9 voix près, annonce un programme antilibéral sous forme d’attaques en règle contre les consommateurs et les classes moyennes.
The European Council killed the “Spitzenkandidaten” process. It was never great, but a return to the old appointment system will have consequences of its own.