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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!

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Publications to the topic

Multilateraler Dialog Genf, Länderberichte EdvanKun

Schweizer Wählerinnen und Wähler lehnen Krankenkassenreform-Vorschläge ab

Anhänger der Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) halten Parteifahnen, während sie Narendra Modis Vereidigung als Premierminister für die dritte Amtszeit in Folge in Srinagar feiern. IMAGO / ZUMA Press Wire

The dawn of the gods in India?

An analysis of the Indian parliamentary elections

De Croo Resigns IMAGO / Photo News

Surprising Election Results in Belgium

Victory of the "lesser evil" confirms Belgium's Shift to the Right

A man votes for the European Parliament elections and local elections at a polling station in Bucharest IMAGO / Xinhua

Romania has voted

Cementing the status quo

Länderbericht mal anders Titelbild Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e. V.

European elections 2024


verschiedene Wahlwerbung in Frankreich KAS

After the elections is before the elections

France is in crisis after the European elections

Neue und alte Flagge von Belarus Generiert mit Adobes Firefly KI in Photoshop

Political system in Belarus

One nation – two new representative bodies?

Wahlurnen in Mexiko 2024 IMAGO /

Mexico has voted

Clear balance of power

Halla Tomasdottir 2024 Halla Tómasdóttir

Iceland has a new President

With 80.8 % a very high voter turnout, 75% of the votes went to female candidates

Europa und Griechenland Flagge IMAGO / Wassilis Aswestopoulos

Greece ahead of the European elections

Nea Demokratia favored despite crises, national issues dominate, EU issues such as defense and labor shortage in the background

Wahlurne Zypern Adobe Stocke / niyazz

Cyprus ahead of the European elections

DISY and AKEL in close competition, key issues of natural gas, migration and the war in Ukraine, worrying entry of the far-right ELAM into the European Parliament

Wahlsieger Litauen Gitanas Nausėda IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Presidential elections in Lithuania

Great support for the incumbent president Gitanas Nausėda

Flagge Ghanas und die Flagge der LGBT-Bewegung wehen gemeinsam IMAGO / Pond5 Images

Ghana's parliament passes anti-LGBTQ+ law

After more than 2½ years of deliberation, Ghana's parliament voted in favor of a new anti-LGBTQ+ law, dramatically worsening the situation for homosexuals and sexual minorities.

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

EPP-Party Barometer May 2024

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

Wahlplakate in Belgien 2024 IMAGO / Photo News

Political polarization characterizes Belgium ahead of the elections

Wahlkampf im Lichte der EU-Ratspräsidentschaft

Polling Station London IMAGO / SOPA Images

Local Elections with National Impact

The beginning of damage control for the British Conservatives?

General Assembly South Africa KAS / Dambisa Dube

South Africa before the elections

New hope at the Cape?

President of the National Electoral Institute (INE) Guadalupe Taddei IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Mexico ahead of the election

Problems and challenges

Jose Raul Mulino IMAGO / Xinhua

Elections in Panama: The new president is José Mulino

Realzando Metas party candidate wins with over 34 percent

Wahlplakat im Tschad KAS

Chad votes

The president's son reaches for power

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