Adrian Eppel

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Adrian Eppel

Adrian Eppel is a PhD candidate at the Freie Universität Berlin. In his research he focuses on elections, electoral campaigns and the emergence of new political parties across Europe. Before working as a media analyst in London, he engaged in the promotion of regional democracy in Mozambique as well as at the Assembly of European Regions in Strasbourg.

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Germany’s orderly campaign and a wider political spectrum

On September 24th, German voters will elect a new parliament. This year, the circumstances of the electoral campaign are very different since the campaign is partly shaped by two parties that are currently not in the German Bundestag: the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD)...

New prospects for Europe with a renewed Franco-German relationship?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right CDU has won the last three regional elections in Germany. This show of political strength included beating the centre-left SPD in its heartland, North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous German region, making the victory a good indicator for the upcoming federal elections in September...

Angela Merkel’s powerful image: a long chancellorship and today’s Germany

Looking back at 2005, the year Angela Merkel entered into office, it seems like a different world – especially when remembering her counterparts: George W. Bush, Tony Blair and Jacques Chirac. They all belong to a distant past. Twelve years on, she is still in office and preparing her re-election in September...

A tale of two dynamic cities – London and Berlin

Both London and Berlin have undergone major transformations in the past 10 to 15 years, having developed into the two most important cities in Europe. Although Brussels hosts the majority of European institutions, Berlin could indeed be considered as one of the (multiple) political capitals of Europe, since Germany has emerged as such a powerful player in the EU...

Why this Spanish electoral campaign is different

The ongoing electoral campaign in Spain is different in many ways from the previous ones in almost forty years of Spanish democracy. It is the first time in over thirty years that the two-party-system is seriously challenged by contenders from outside the duopoly of the center-left PSOE and the conservative Partido Popular...

The UK electoral debate: Where is Europe?

As the UK prepares to go to the polls, candidates are all fired up in their campaigns leading up to the May 7th parliamentary elections...

How Germany has overcome its past, 25 years on

“Jetzt wächst zusammen, was zusammen gehört.” – What belongs together is now growing together. This statement made by Germany’s former Chancellor Willy Brandt after the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 symbolized the beginning of a renewed Germany. But as for the destiny of the (potential) new country, it still looked like a page to be written...

British and German paths to possible growth

Both the United Kingdom and Germany seem to have overcome the economic crisis as growth is picking up again in both countries, yet with some reservations in the German case as recent figures show. Although in the UK the economy is still growing below the pre-crisis trend, almost 2% growth in GDP is an encouraging sign...

Electing the European Parliament: a view from the member states

It is a curious paradox that the European Parliament has increasingly gained more rights and political power whilst its democratic legitimacy has been fading due to a lack of popular support...

The German welfare system and foreign workers: a complex debate

Sozialtourismus (“Welfare Tourism”) has been named the most inappropriate word of the year in Germany. Behind the term is the concept of EU immigrants claiming state benefits without having worked and made social contributions themselves – which is one of the main concerns for German citizens when it comes to the relationship with the EU partners...