European elections 2021: All the European elections to watch in 2021 – LIST
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European countries are facing relatively uncertainty in a number of areas this year as the coronavirus crisis continues to cause problems across the region. Many leaders will be battling to maintain their roles while German Chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed she will not seek reelection. Express.co.uk has compiled a list of all the European elections to watch in 2021.
Portugal and Catalonia
This year, the Portuguese Presidential election is due to take place on January 24.
The incumbent leader President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is entitled to run for a second term and according to the latest polls, he has more than 60 percent support from voters.
Under Portuguese law, a candidate must receive a majority of votes (50 percent plus one vote) to be elected.
His opponents include former MEP Ana Gomes and far-right leader André Ventura, both of whom are tracking well in the polls with 13 percent and 10 percent respectively.
In Catalonia, the regional elections are expected to take place on February 14.
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The Netherlands, Bulgaria and Albania
In 2021, the Dutch general election is due to take place on March 17.
The election in the Netherlands will see members of the House of Representatives elected.
The current cabinet is led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who presides over a coalition consisting of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), Democrats 66 (D66) and Christian Union (CU).
Mr Rutte has confirmed he is running for a fourth term, with current polls putting his support level at 37 percent, a rise of 17 percent compared to the 2017 election.
In Bulgaria, parliamentary elections will be held on March 28.
The 240 members of the National Assembly are elected by closed list proportional representation from 31 multi-member constituencies ranging in size from 4 to 16 seats.
The election will take place months after anti-Government protests which called for the resignation of incumbent leader Boyko Borissov.
Other than a Cabinet reshuffle, Borissov has refused to resign.
His party is currently leading in the latest polls with around 28 percent support compared to 25 percent for the Socialist Party headed by Korneliya Ninova.
Parliamentary elections in Albania are also expected to take place on April 25.
Scotland, Wales and England
2020 was an important year politically in the UK with Britain’s official departure from the EU and a post-Brexit trade deal being agreed at the end of the year.
In 2021, parliamentary elections are due to take place in Scotland and Wales on May 6.
In England, local council elections will also take place on May 6.
The Scottish election, in particular, will be of interest, given the Scottish National Party’s dedication to holding a second Scottish referendum vote.
In Wales, Labour’s Mark Drakeford is running for re-election as first minister, though he has already said he does not intend to serve all of the next term if he wins.
London will hold its mayoral race in May as well, after being postponed a year due to the pandemic.
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Cyprus and French
In Cyprus, a legislative election will be held on May 25.
The French regional elections are due to take place in June, with the exact date yet to be confirmed.
The Government delayed the election from March to June 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The incumbent president of the regional council of Hauts-de-France Xavier Bertrand expressed interest in challenging President Emmanuel Macron in the upcoming race.
The French leader’s party La République En Marche is yet to reveal its lists of lead candidates which could include members of Mr Macron’s own Cabinet.
German and Norway
The German general election in 2021 is likely to be of great interest to many as it will be the first election in which Angela Merkel is not running for Chancellor since 2005.
Ms Merkel is preparing for retirement and has repeatedly confirmed she will not seek another political role.
Currently, the leadership race will determine the next head of Ms Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and therefore the party’s next likely chancellor.
This leadership race is currently due to take place from January 15 to 16 and has been postponed twice due to the pandemic.
The Norwegian parliamentary election is due to take place on September 13.
All 169 seats in the Norwegian legislature, the Storting, will be up for election.
Russia and the Czech Republic
The Russian legislative election will be held in Russia no later than September 19, 2021.
This will see the election of 450 seats for the eighth convocation of the State Duma, which is the lower house of the Federal Assembly.
United Russia is currently the ruling party which won 54.2 percent of the vote in 2016.
In the Czech Republic, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is seeking another term after taking office in 2017.
The Czech PM does not appear likely to increase his party’s power in the upcoming election, with polls showing a 27 percent outcome compared to 29.6 percent in the last election.
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