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Parties and elections worldwide

Parties and Elections Worldwide


Every party is there for the people and not for itself.

Konrad Adenauer, 1953

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At a glance

  • Parties are the link between the democratic state and its population. They enable citizens to participate in the political system, represent them and generate political influence from social interests and ideas.
  • Democracy is our mission! That is why we are committed to democratic structures and democratic party systems worldwide.
  • We work closely with our partner parties abroad. The main aims of this cooperation are to develop and advise on programmes and to promote young talent within the party.
  • Analysing international elections is also part of the repertoire of our work abroad. The most important tool her is our country reports, in which we analyse and interpret current elections and their results.



1. Parties are central actors for democracy

2. We support our partner parties

3. Elections are the beating heart of democracy

4. Elections analysis is an integral part of our work

5. Our offers and projects on the topic

6. Publications, events and media contributions on the topic


Political parties are among the key protagonists of representative democracy. Ideally, they enable the population to participate in the political system, ensure the representation of various political opinions and translate social interests and ideas into political influence. Successful participation in elections is essential for the work of parties and implementation of their programmes. Universal, direct, free, equal, secret elections form the heart of democracy and the basis of political parties’ democratic legitimacy.


Parties are central actors for democracy

In developing states and transition countries, democratically oriented parties are vital for the consolidation of democracies. In consolidated democracies, on the other hand, they are central actors in political decision-making.

Therefore, since the first day of its work abroad, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has been committed to strengthening democratic structures and the continued existence of democratic party systems worldwide. We now work regularly with parties in over 70 country offices. Added to this are offices with a regional focus, which are primarily dedicated to party and political dialogue.


We support our partner parties

In joint collaboration with our partners on site, we therefore wish to contribute to developing value-based, programmatically sound democratic politics oriented towards the common good.

In addition to efforts to improve framework conditions for developing democratic structures in and for parties, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s international party dialogue focuses on programme development and consultation, improving political communication both internally and externally, as well as promoting young talent.


Elections are the beating heart of democracy

Complementing the cooperation and promotion of democratic parties, the examination of international elections represents an important part of our work abroad. Elections are the central criterion for democracy, whereas their curtailment is a clear sign of its regression. Although definitions of democracy that far exceed the mere existence of free elections have long been established in political science, going to the ballot box is such an integral moment of political legitimacy that even autocrats rarely abstain from doing so, at least seemingly.


Elections analysis is an integral part of our work

Its network of more than 100 country offices in at least as many countries has afforded the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung the unique opportunity to directly experience and accompany elections in all these countries and regions. Our task is not to observe elections (unless we are officially mandated to do so), but rather to analyse, document and interpret the run-up to and course of elections, the candidates, their parties and programmes and, last but not least, the results and consequences for our target groups locally and in Germany.

Here, our most important tool is the country reports from our country offices: They provide concise, well-researched and up-to-date analyses on elections in the respective country of operation.

Our offers and projects on the topic

International offices and programmes

As part of its international party and political dialogue, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung promotes cooperation and exchange with its affiliated parties and actors.

International Party and Political Dialogue

Promoting democracy abroad is one of the key concerns of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. For us, parties are integral actors of a functioning and vibrant democracy. That is why we promote and take care of exchange and cooperation. We support democratic parties and politically active persons that share our values. Through our work both on the ground and at regional and international level, we provide a platform for political dialogue with and between parties and their target groups.


Learn more about international party and political dialogue


Election analyses and polls

Our polls and election analyses on the European People’s Party (EPP), provide a comprehensive overview on the state of the EPP party family. Discussions include the performance of EPP member parties at national parliamentary or European elections.

EPP Party Barometer


The EPP Party Barometer aims to provide information on the current situation of the EPP party family in the EU.


Learn more about the EPP Party Barometer

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Marcel Schepp

Marcel Schepp

International Party Dialogue +49 30 26996-3499

Laura Philipps

Laura Philipps

International media programmes +49 30 26996-3249

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Publications, events and media contributions on the topic

Our contributions are as wide-ranging and multifaceted as the topic itself!

Whether it's an expert interview, specialist publication or hot debate - click through and you're guaranteed to find the right format for you!

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Publications to the topic

Bassirou Diomaye Faye, der neu gewählte Präsident von Senegal, bei der Vereidigungszeremonie in Diamniadio, Senegal, am 2. April 2024 IMAGO / Xinhua

The new government of Senegal

Between vision and reality

Europäische Flagge in Brüssel | © Europäisches Parlament / Pietro Naj-Oleari Europäisches Parlament / Pietro Naj-Oleari

EPP-Party Barometer April 2024

The Situation of the European People’s Party in the EU

CHP Anhänger feiern den Kommunalwahlensieg IMAGO / SOPA Images

Local elections in Turkey

The national surprise of a local vote

Senegalese opposition candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye IMAGO / Le Pictorium

New president with an absolute majority

Senegal has great expectations of Bassirou Diomaye Faye

Javier Milei auf der Conservative Political Action Conference IMAGO / ABACAPRESS

Javier Milei's presidency in Argentina

100 eventful days

Senegal - Wahlboxen und Wahlkabine Adobe Stock / PX Media

Senegal in election mood

A path with hurdles

Proteste Portugal

Portugal faces difficult formation of government

Results of the early parliamentary elections in Portugal

EU Fahne weht im Wind IMAGO / Panama Pictures

France ahead of the European elections

Right-wing populists on the rise

Pressekonferenz vom Bündnis Sahra Wagenknecht IMAGO / Bernd Elmenthaler

"Bündnis Sahra Wagenknecht – Vernunft und Gerechtigkeit"

Between left-wing conservative populism, criticism of the EU and a closeness to Russia

Multilateraler Dialog Genf, Länderberichte EdvanKun

Volksabstimmung zwingt die Regierung zum Ausbau des Schweizer Sozialstaats -

Die 13. Monatsrente wird kommen

Der philippinische Präsident Ferdinand Marcos jr. beantwortet Fragen am 29. Januar 2024 auf einem Flughafen in Manila. IMAGO / Kyodo News

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in Berlin

Current background information on the visit of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to Berlin

Europäische Flagge in Brüssel | © Europäisches Parlament / Pietro Naj-Oleari Europäisches Parlament / Pietro Naj-Oleari

EPP-Party Barometer February 2024

The Situation of the European People’s Party in the EU

US-Präsidentschaftskandidatin Nikki Haley IMAGO / USA TODAY Network

Biden and Trump: Unpopular and Unavoidable

The Trend of the U.S. Primaries Continues on “Super Tuesday”

Wähler auf einem Hintergrund mit der Flagge der Europäischen Union. Adobe Stock / Rawf8

Public Opinion on the European Union before the European Election 2024

A representative survey on attitudes on the EU

Parliamentarian Conference

Call for Proposals: Lecturer, E-lection Bridge Academy, 15 – 19 April 2024, Mombasa, Kenya.

KAS PolDiSSA seeks to appoint a convener/ lecturer for the 2024 Election Bridge Acad-emy, taking place from 15 – 19 April 2024.

Ein Mann gibt seine Stimme in einem Wahllokal an einem nationalen Einheitswahltag ab IMAGO / ITAR-TASS

Elections as a “special operation”

With Lukashenka’s “single voting day” only a coup by the democratic forces is surprising

Straßenproteste in der Slowakei gegen einen Plan des populistischen Ministerpräsidenten Robert Fico, das Strafgesetzbuch zu ändern und die Staatsanwaltschaft abzuschaffen. IMAGO / CTK Photo

Fico pushes through controversial criminal law reform - and thus unites the opposition

The fight for the rule of law characterises the first months of the legislative period. Presidential elections in March will also be essential for the country's further development....

Senegalesische Demonstranten IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Senegal's democracy passes the stress test

The Constitutional Council has repealed Macky Salls' decree of 03.02.24 annulling the elections

Italien und die EU Flagge IMAGO / Pond5 Images

Why the European elections could be decided in Italy

Movement in the Italian party system reaches as far as Strasbourg and Brussels

Der aserbaidschanische Präsident Ilham Aliyev gibt während der vorgezogenen Präsidentschaftswahlen in einem Wahllokal in Chankendi, der Hauptstadt der Region Karabach, Aserbaidschan, seine Stimme ab. IMAGO / SNA

Nothing new in Baku

Incumbent Ilham Aliyev was declared the winner of the presidential elections in Azerbaijan with an overwhelming result. Only the president's vote itself caused a stir.

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Europa vor den Wahlen!
Die gemeinsame Sicherheits- und Verteidigungspolitik unter Druck



Die Schweiz und Europa
Forum mit dem Schweizer Nationalratspräsidenten Eric Nussbaumer, Andrea Elisabeth Knellwolf, Dr. Andreas Schwab MdEP



Demokratie on Tour – Bad Nauheim



Sicherheitspolitik im Baltikum
Die Baltenrepubliken zwischen Europa, der NATO und Russland


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