Stuart A Brown

Sweden’s election results: The view from across Europe

Sweden held a general election on 9 September, alongside regional and municipal elections. The early results of the voting showed the country’s two main blocs each securing around 40% of the national vote, and the Sweden Democrats winning around 18%. Stuart Brown presents an overview of analysis and reactions from across Europe.

“The two blocs are neck and neck, as […]

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2017: A year in elections

As the year draws to a close, we’re reviewing some of the key political developments across 2017. In this article, EUROPP’s editors Stuart Brown and Tena Prelec take a look at some of the major elections that took place in Europe over the last 12 months, and what they could mean for European politics in 2018.

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    UK general election preview: What to look out for as Britain goes to the polls

UK general election preview: What to look out for as Britain goes to the polls

The UK’s snap election on 8 June initially looked like being a comfortable victory for Theresa May and the Conservatives, but with the polls tightening in the last few weeks, there is now far more uncertainty about the outcome. We asked some of our contributors for their reflections on the campaign and the key things to watch out for […]

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    Illustrating the spectacular decline of Labour in Scotland and the revival of the Scottish Conservatives

Illustrating the spectacular decline of Labour in Scotland and the revival of the Scottish Conservatives

Up until the 2015 UK general election, Scotland had been regarded as a Labour stronghold, with the country regularly returning a large number of Labour MPs to Westminster. But the party managed to secure only a single Scottish seat in 2015 and recent polls suggest its vote share could fall even further in the upcoming general election in June. […]

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    A weaker economic case, but a stronger political one – how Yes could win a second referendum in Scotland

A weaker economic case, but a stronger political one – how Yes could win a second referendum in Scotland

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, stated on 13 March that she intends to seek a new referendum on Scottish independence. Stuart Brown assesses how this second referendum campaign might play out. He writes that the Yes side would have a far more problematic economic picture to contend with than they had in 2014, but that the political argument for […]

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    Croatian parliamentary elections 2016: voters reject the centre-left’s tilt to the right

Croatian parliamentary elections 2016: voters reject the centre-left’s tilt to the right

Croatia held a parliamentary election on 11 September, its second election in the space of a year following the country’s previous election in November 2015. Tena Prelec and Stuart Brown write that the results were a blow for Croatia’s Social Democrats, who had hoped to win the largest share of support but ended up in second place behind the Croatian […]

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Our top 5 interviews of 2015

To mark the end of the year we’ve compiled the top five EUROPP interviews from the last year – measured by visits.

“The Eurozone has become a glorified debtors’ prison”

With no lasting solution yet found for dealing with Greek debt, and economies in the Eurozone continuing to suffer from weak growth, how can Europe finally solve the problems brought on […]

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    An election propelled by academia? Blurring the lines between political science and politics in Spain

An election propelled by academia? Blurring the lines between political science and politics in Spain

The Spanish general election has proven to be fertile ground for interactions between politics and academia. Tena Prelec and Stuart Brown single out two phenomena that have developed in Spain over recent years: the progressive engagement of precariously-paid junior scholars in politics, and a thriving community of young academic commentators which supplements, and in some cases supplants, the work of the mainstream media. They note that the contribution […]

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    Five minutes with Javier Solana: ‘Europe must respond to the refugee crisis as it would have liked the world to respond to its suffering’

Five minutes with Javier Solana: ‘Europe must respond to the refugee crisis as it would have liked the world to respond to its suffering’

How should the EU respond to the multiple challenges it presently faces, from economic malaise to the refugee crisis and the conflict in Ukraine? In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Javier Solana discusses why Europe should take inspiration from its experience during two world wars in its efforts to help refugees, how the EU can play a greater role […]

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    Croatian elections: a final look at the parties and the campaign

Croatian elections: a final look at the parties and the campaign

Croatia will hold a parliamentary election on 8 November. Ahead of the vote, Tena Prelec and Stuart Brown take a final look at the election campaign, providing an overview of the country’s party system, the latest polling, and some of the key contextual factors that could play a role in determining the outcome.

Croatia goes to the polls on 8 […]

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    Greek parliamentary elections: a final look at the parties and the polling

Greek parliamentary elections: a final look at the parties and the polling

On 25 January Greece will hold parliamentary elections. Ahead of the vote, Eri Bertsou and Stuart Brown take a final look at the election, providing an overview of the Greek party system, the latest polling, and some of the key contextual factors such as the impact of the financial crisis on the Greek economy and the attitudes of citizens […]

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    Bulgarian parliamentary elections: a final look at the parties and the polls

Bulgarian parliamentary elections: a final look at the parties and the polls

Bulgaria will hold parliamentary elections on 5 October, following the resignation of the country’s government in July. Ahead of the vote, Stuart Brown gives an overview of the background to the elections, each of the main parties and some of the opinion polling on the likely results.

On Sunday, Bulgaria will hold parliamentary elections for the second time in less […]

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    European Council preview: who will get the EU’s remaining top jobs?

European Council preview: who will get the EU’s remaining top jobs?

On Saturday, EU leaders will hold a meeting aimed at selecting the next European Council President and the next High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Ahead of the discussions, Stuart Brown provides an overview of the main candidates and assesses the most likely winners for each post.

Since Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment as President of the European Commission in […]

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    Using a ‘dual mandate’ system would significantly reduce Eurosceptic representation in the European Parliament

Using a ‘dual mandate’ system would significantly reduce Eurosceptic representation in the European Parliament

A number of commentators have proposed the creation of a ‘dual mandate’ system whereby national politicians would be appointed to the European Parliament instead of directly elected MEPs. Stuart Brown calculates how this system would alter the composition of the Parliament. He writes that regardless of the precise system used, a reform of this nature would greatly increase representation […]

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    European Parliament elections: a final look at the national campaigns

European Parliament elections: a final look at the national campaigns

European Parliament elections are being held on 22-25 May, with voting already under way in some countries across Europe. To mark the start of the election, Stuart Brown takes a look at the national campaigns, national polling, and the key domestic issues which are at stake in each of the 28 EU states.

While several predictions have been made as […]

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European Parliament elections: a final look at the polls

European Parliament elections are being held on 22-25 May. In the first of two articles summarising the European and national campaigns, Stuart Brown takes a look at the polls with regard to the composition of the next Parliament. He notes that while Eurosceptic parties are predicted to significantly increase their representation, the European People’s Party has a narrow lead […]

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Men are bigger Scrooges than women in the UK, but most countries in Europe are looking forward to Christmas

To mark Christmas Eve, the EUROPP editorial team decided to bring you an alternative piece of research. Based on a recent YouGov poll on attitudes toward Christmas, EUROPP editors Eri Bertsou and Stuart Brown assess which demographic groups most look forward to the holiday. Despite the wide variation in attitudes among UK citizens, they note that people across Europe are […]

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David Cameron’s EU speech – our experts react

Today, David Cameron gave his long-awaited speech on the future of the UK’s relationship with the EU. We asked EUROPP’s expert contributors for their immediate reactions and their thoughts on the speech’s implications for the UK and Europe. Cameron is deeply deluded if he thinks that a referendum will settle the European debate for all time – Andrew Duff MEP, European […]

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The way in which states formulate national positions is just as important to EU decision-making as their bargaining strength in the Council.

Which states get their way most often in the EU’s legislative process? Responding to an earlier EUROPP article, Stuart A Brown argues that analyses of Council decision-making must also account for the way in which states formulate their preferences prior to negotiations. While Council agreements on EU legislation appear to be more closely in line with the positions of smaller […]

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Five minutes with Noam Chomsky – “Europe is pretty much following behind US policy, no matter what that policy is”

Last week the General Assembly of the United Nations voted in favour of recognising Palestine as a non-member observer state. The EU was unable to reach a common position on the issue, with some states voting in favour and others, including Germany and the United Kingdom, abstaining. EUROPP editors Stuart A Brown and Chris Gilson asked Noam Chomsky for his […]

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