European elections 2017

2017 will see a series of elections across Germany, the Netherlands and France.

All will affect the future of the EU and will continue to test the strength of the current wave of right wing populism. Have the Brexit result and President Trump’s victory really fuelled an anti-establishment uprising?

Our academics are on hand to provide stellar comment and analysis throughout, via our Globelynx TV studio, ISDN line or the printed word.

Our experts

Political Scientist

Professor Catherine de Vries

Professor Catherine de Vries

Government

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Currently writing a book about Eurosceptism, Professor Catherine de Vries is committed to unravelling the most important societal and political problems facing Europe today: the electoral ramifications of the Euro crisis, the rise of Euroscepticism and the success of extremist parties.

Catherine co-ordinates large-scale projects collecting data on parties and public opinion towards Europe. She is focusing on the conditions under which voters reward or punish incumbents for past performance such as austerity, as well as public support for and party positioning towards the deepening of European integration.

Areas of expertise relating to European elections

The Netherlands

  • The main actors – Geert Wilders, Jesse Klaver.
  • The main parties.
  • Latest from the polls.
  • The campaign as a whole.
  • The Dutch system.

France

  • ‘The campaign that never was’ - Fillon’s corruption allegations.
  • Le Pen and the likelihood of Frexit.
  • Emmanuel Macron.

Germany

  • How the anti-immigrant and anti-EU alternative is polling.
  • Martin Schulz’s reinvigoration of the Social Democrats.
  • How voters have warmed to Schulz’s story – like Klaver in the Netherlands and Macron in France.

In the media

  • Catherine de Vries is quoted in an article for Big News Network on whether President Trump is hindering the populist right movement in Europe (16 June 2017)
  • Catherine de Vries is interviewed by Sky News, BBC News and BBC World about the French election result (8 May 2017)
  • Catherine de Vries is interviewed by BBC Essex on the Macron’s election in France (8 May 2017)


Political Scientist

Professor Han Dorussen

Professor Han Dorussen

Government

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Associate editor of the Journal of Peace Research and originally from the Netherlands, Professor Han Dorussen’s research focus is in international relations, and international and comparative political economy.

Han has published research on: the ‘new’ far right in the Netherlands; a comparison of voting in the Netherlands and Germany; European integration and electoral democracy and the EU as a regulator of civil security across Europe.

Areas of expertise relating to European elections

The Netherlands

  • The decline of traditional Dutch support for European integration.
  • The growth in concerns about immigration and Muslim extremism.
  • Problems of fragmentation – the number of parties to be represented in the Dutch Parliament is predicted to reach an historic high.
  • Coalition possibilities.