François Hublet is BLUE's editor-in-chief. A graduate from ETH Zurich and École polytechnique, he is a researcher and doctoral candidate at ETH Zurich.
François Hublet is BLUE’s editor-in-chief. He is a researcher and doctoral candidate at ETH Zurich. He graduated from ETH Zurich and École polytechnique in Computer science, and holds a degree in Classics from the University of Toulouse. Within GEG, he has coordinated electoral analysis activities, conducted several research projects focusing on coalition dynamics and cross-border regions, and led the coverage of the 2019 European elections.
The Continental Review
Evolution of the results of European groups We open this summary with an analysis of the evolution of the balance of power between the different European political families in the first half of 2022. For this purpose, as in previous issues of BLUE, the results of national and regional parties are aggregated according to their … ContinuedRead the article
The Scale of Trust: Local, Regional, National and European Politics in Perspective
Executive summary It is a well-established reality that, throughout Europe, local and regional institutions are more trusted than national governments. Equally well-established is the fact that, in Southern and Eastern Europe, the European Union is more trusted than national governments. In a time of incertainty about the future of democracy and the Rule of Law … ContinuedRead the article
How to report about elections in a Europe at war?
Until a few months ago, this question would have seemed to be of mostly historical relevance. Yet, as we write these lines, one European state is waging a war of aggression on another European state. Civilians are paying a high toll in a conflict they wished would never happen, a conflict which started when the … ContinuedRead the article
French regional elections: short analyses
Centre-Val de Loire In 2015, the election to the Regional Council of Centre-Val de Loire had seen the National Front (FN, ID) win the first round with 30.49% of the vote, far ahead of the joint list of the center and the right (26.25%) and the list led by the Socialist Party (PS, S&D; 24.31%). … ContinuedRead the article
Regional election in Berlin, 26 September 2021
The 2016 election to the Berlin House of Representatives gave rise to new political equilibria in the German federal capital. The ruling ‘Große Koalition’ had experienced a period in office marked by crises: its management of the refugee crisis, corruption scandals and the delay in the opening of the BER airport had led to much … ContinuedRead the article
Elections in Europe : June 2021 – November 2021
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The Continental Review
Introduction The increasing interconnectedness of European politics requires a good knowledge of the political dynamics not only in the member states and their regions, but also beyond them, in the EU’s neighbourhood. In the constant flow of information and news, it becomes surprisingly easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. This first issue of … ContinuedRead the article
What is European politics?
To this question, which is all too rarely asked, it seems tempting to answer that European politics is above all the politics of the European Union, the politics of Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg, the politics of the European Semesters, the politics of the summits and the politics of the treaties: the politics of the supranational … ContinuedRead the article
Voting Methods in Regional French Elections: a Democratic Device that has Become Dangerous
The "mixed" electoral system used for French regional elections is an exception in Europe. Designed to respond to a crisis situation in the 2000s, it now seems outdated. François Hublet proposes in this paper to re-establish from 2027 onwards a proportional representation list system at the regional level, with a threshold of 5% or 10%.Read the article
Towards subsidiary crisis management
Our trilingual report with a foreword by Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn suggests "subsidiary crisis management", a novel approach inspired by the institutional response of Germany, Switzerland or Belgium during the crisis, as a way to make our crisis response more regionally flexible and citizen-centric.Read the article