Simon Otjes is an assistant professor of political science at Leiden University and researcher at the Documentation Centre for Dutch Political Parties at Groningen University. Previously he worked for the GroenLinks national party head office, the party’s research desk, and parliamentary party.
Election campaigning is underway in the Netherlands, amid a climate of crisis and political scandal. Is the tide about to turn for opposition parties?Read more
In political systems based on cooperation, determining who to ally with and when always raises critical questions of identity, tactics, and strategy.Read more
As some Green parties move closer to entering government, looking to paths already trodden by Greens in Sweden and Finland proves illuminating.Read more
The Dutch Greens had unprecedented success in the March local elections. How did they manage it?Read more
A round-up of the fake news debate across European countries.Read more
Is the Freedom Party a prime example of the rise of far-right populism around Europe? Or are things more complicated?Read more