Upcoming European Elections and Their Implications

Over the next 24 months, a series of important elections will be held which have implications for the European region. German elections are in September 2021 and in April 2022, the French Presidential election will take place as well as the Hungarian parliamentary elections. Italy and Spain aren’t scheduled until 2023, but the potential for one of those unstable governments to fall could trigger elections before then.

How these elections turn out may affect the political coalitions in the European Parliament, currently dominated by a “grand coalition” of the Conservative EPP, the Socialist Bloc, and the Liberals. But will this coalition be sustained, if, for example, the German Christian Democrats lose their lead position and were left out of a governing coalition? So there may be big changes coming in European politics. What might they be? Here to discuss the possibilities are Paris-based journalist for the Sunday Telegraph, Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, Ágnes Zsófia Magyar, Danube Institute’s Resident French researcher, and Erik Tegnér, French political journalist and activist, who last year brought together a coalition of the French-right. President of the Danube Institute John O’Sullivan joins in the discussion.