“The European Way of Life”

What is the European Commission? Following her election in July, European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen announced her team of commissioners, also known as the College of Commissioners, on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. The European Commission is the executive arm of the European Union. It is the sole EU institution with the right to…

‘All EU Need to Know’: The New EU

The ‘New EU’ is taking shape in the aftermath of the 2019 European Elections, with a new group of EU leaders emerging to guide the Union through a critical time in its development. The European Commission The European Council proposes nominees for several crucial leadership roles, with criteria laid out by EU treaties. These include…

Greek General Election, July 2019

Following the recent European Parliament Elections in May, Greek Prime Minister, AlexisTsipras, called a snap election after his party, Syriza, suffered a defeat of 9 percentage points to the main opposition, New Democracy, led by Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The Greek parliamentary elections took place on Sunday, 07 July 2019. Introduction Prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, was defeated…

Lithuanian Presidential Election, May 2019

Lithuania held two rounds of voting in May to replace Dalia Grybauskaitė, the seventh and first female President since its Restoration of Independence in 1990.  On 26 May, the ‘independent candidate’  Gitanas Nauseda was elected as the country’s new President.  Background Lithuania operates under a ‘semi-presidential’ system, whereby executive control is split between the President and…

Belgian General Election, May 2019

Sunday, 26 May turned out to be a very eventful day for Belgian politics. Not only did the Belgian electorate select 21 MEPs to represent them in the European Parliament, but voters also took to the polls to elect regional and federal parliaments. Introduction Belgium is a federal constitutional monarchy with elections taking place every…