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Are the upcoming United States mid-term elections the Democrats’ to lose?

On 6 November 2018, the outcome of the US mid-term elections could have far-reaching consequences for President Trump’s ability to pursue his policy agenda. To learn more about this potentially game-changing event, the EPRS organised a roundtable discussion on 24 April 2018 in the European Parliament’s Library. Continue reading

Women in parliaments

Written by Evarts Anosovs, Eva-Maria Poptcheva, Giulio Sabbati, Martina Prpic and Samy Chahri, Updated on 03/03/2017 The Infographic “Women in parliaments” provides information on the proportion of women in national parliaments, compares representation of women in national parliaments with their numbers in the European Parliament and shows the number of women in the EP by … Continue reading

Electing the European Parliament’s President [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Silvia Kotanidis, At the January plenary sitting, the European Parliament (EP) is due to elect its 30th President, to hold the office until the next European parliamentary elections, due in 2019. The President has an important and increasingly visible function in the EU institutional and international setting, mirroring the influential role of the … Continue reading

Human rights in Russia

The human rights situation in Russia is increasingly difficult. Repressive legislation adopted over the last few years has severely curtailed human rights by targeting freedom of expression and human rights activism. Western criticisms are dismissed by the Kremlin as interference in Russian domestic affairs. Continue reading

Belarus’s parliamentary elections: Déjà vu?

After 22 years in power, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s camp can expect yet another victory in the 11 September parliamentary elections. The weary Belarusian opposition is no threat to the iron-fisted president, who represents stability in uncertain times. What is new, however, is that Lukashenko, who is increasingly trying to balance his relations with the West and Russia amid on-going economic woes, seems worried about the growing presence of pro-Putin forces in Belarus. Continue reading

US Presidential Election: Transatlantic Perspectives

Written by Richard Freedman, Making the introductory speech to an event entitled ‘The US Presidential election: Transatlantic perspectives’, MEP David McAllister (EPP, Germany), Chairman of the European Parliament delegation to the United States, referred to the US election campaign as an ‘ongoing movie’. The event was the first in a series organised by the EPRS … Continue reading

Taiwan’s political landscape ahead of elections

Written by Gisela Grieger, Public opinion polls suggest that the 16 January presidential and legislative elections in Taiwan are likely to bring about a change in power. The ruling nationalist Kuomintang (KMT), which advocates stronger ties with mainland China is expected to lose the presidency, and possibly even its majority in the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan’s … Continue reading

The History of European electoral reform and the European Elections Act

Written by Wilhelm Lehmann Next year, the entry into force of the Electoral Act (or Act Concerning the Election of the Representatives of the European Parliament by Direct Universal Suffrage in full), will mark its 40th anniversary. The Act laid the legal foundation for holding the first direct elections to the European Parliament, in June … Continue reading

Myanmar/Burma’s 2015 elections

Written by Martin Russell Twenty-five years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party won an overwhelming electoral victory, only to be denied power by the SLORC junta. The 2015 elections give the party and its leader a second chance to end decades of direct and indirect military rule. In the absence of opinion polls it … Continue reading

Burundi : la vie politique à l’heure des élections de 2015

Par Eric Pichon Bien que le multipartisme soit inscrit dans la Constitution, la vie politique du Burundi est marquée par la domination du parti de l’actuel Président de la République. L’annonce de la candidature de ce dernier à l’élection présidentielle de 2015 a été contestée et a déclenché de violents affrontements. Les élections communales et … Continue reading

A year of change: the European Parliament in 2014

Written by Nicole Zandi Our role in the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) is to support parliamentary debate through ensuring Members are well-informed, in particular through our online and printed products. This year’s European election, and start of the eighth parliamentary term, has put us to the test. To mark the occasion the EPRS team … Continue reading

Tunisie : les enjeux de l’élection présidentielle du 21 décembre 2014

par Eric Pichon Le 21 décembre, les électeurs tunisiens seront appelés à désigner le premier président directement élu depuis la chute de Ben Ali. Deux candidats sont en lice à la suite du premier tour (23 novembre) : le président sortant,  Moncef Marzouki et chef du parti laïque Nidaa Tounès, Béji Caïd Essebsi. Le 26 octobre, Nidaa Tounès … Continue reading

Disenfranchisement of EU citizens resident abroad – Situation in national and European elections in EU Member States

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva Updated on 30 June 2015 The right to vote is a fundamental one and of utmost importance for the democratic legitimacy of any public power. Six EU Member States deprive their nationals permanently resident abroad of the right to vote in national parliamentary elections. They also deprive such citizens residing in … Continue reading

Hong Kong: one country, two systems?

Written by Gisela Grieger The on-going heated debate about the introduction of universal suffrage for the election of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive has turned into widespread protests on the territory’s streets. Hopes that the public would be able to nominate candidates were dashed by China’s decision to allow only committee-based nomination of candidates in the … Continue reading

Size of Political Groups in the EP

Written by Giulio Sabbati, Updated on 01 December 2017 Our table shows the number of MEPs in each group, broken down by Member State, as well as the non-attached (NI) Members not in any group. The figures are supplied by our colleagues from the Members’ Administration Unit. This infographic updates an earlier edition, of 3 … Continue reading

The European Parliament’s election of the President of the European Commission

Updated on 3 June 2014 The European Union’s architecture has been largely criticised for its alleged democratic deficit, which many see in the lack of political accountability of the European Commission (EC), as the EU’s executive, to the European Parliament (EP). In order to increase the legitimacy of the EU decision-making process, the Lisbon Treaty … Continue reading

Electoral thresholds in European elections. Developments in Germany

The procedure for elections to the European Parliament (EP) features only a limited set of principles common to all Member States (MS). There is no ‘harmonisation’ of electoral thresholds, but MS may establish thresholds of no more than 5%. In November 2012, the European Parliament adopted a resolution inter alia calling on MS to establish … Continue reading

2014 European elections: national rules

Updated on 10/04/2014 This InfoGraphic looks at the forthcoming European elections, comparing key data for each Member State. The elections to the next European Parliament will be held in all EU Member States between 22 and 25 May 2014. Election day (in some Member States still subject to confirmation) is set by each Member State … Continue reading

Who are the Afghan presidential hopefuls?

Registration for next April’s presidential election in Afghanistan ended on Sunday 6 October 2013. The list of candidates range from the brother of current president Hamid Karzai and cabinet ministers who recently quit their posts to run for office, to a warlord accused of having past affiliations with al-Qaeda. The Taliban has rejected the process … Continue reading

How many seats in the Bundestag after the elections?

The German electoral system The 22 September elections to the German Bundestag will be the first under the new electoral system, adopted in May 2013. The electoral law has twice been reformed since 2011, following judgments of the Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) which declared certain provisions unconstitutional. Many fear, however, that the new electoral law could … Continue reading

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