The 2024 European elections and the challenges ahead

Hosted by the European Institute & EUROPP – European Politics and Policy

In-person and online public event (Old Theatre, Old Building)


Tony Barber

Tony Barber

Dr Heather Grabbe

Dr Heather Grabbe

Professor Sara Hobolt

Professor Sara Hobolt


Professor Chris Anderson

Professor Chris Anderson

The 2024 European Parliament elections promise to be a pivotal moment for the European Union. Polling suggests Eurosceptic parties could make large gains, fundamentally shifting the balance of power within the Parliament. But will these predictions come true? And what impact will the results have on key issues such as the EU’s approach to climate change, migration and the wars in Gaza and Ukraine?

Join us on 6 June – the first day of voting in the elections – to discuss these questions and many more with a panel of experts. 

Meet our speaker and chair

Tony Barber is European Comment Editor of the Financial Times. He is a former foreign correspondent in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, the former Soviet Union, the US and the former Yugoslavia.

Heather Grabbe (@HeatherGrabbe) is Senior Fellow at Bruegel, the Brussels-based think-tank, as well as Visiting Professor at University College London. She was previously director of the Open Society European Policy Institute, after serving as senior advisor to European Commissioner Olli Rehn on the Balkans and Turkey. Dr Grabbe was deputy director of the Centre for European Reform in London, and she conducted academic research at the European University Institute, Chatham House, Oxford and Birmingham universities. Recently she co-authored The impact on the European Union of Ukraine’s potential future accession and the International System Change Compass on the implications of the European Green Deal for other regions.

Sara Hobolt (@sarahobolt) is the Sutherland Chair in European Institutions and professor in the Department of Government. Previously, she has held posts at the University of Oxford and the University of Michigan. She is the Chair of the European Election Studies (EES), an EU-wide project studying voters, parties, candidates and the media in European Parliamentary elections.

Chris Anderson (@soccerquant) is the Ralf Dahrendorf Professor of European Politics and Society. A student of political behaviour, Anderson’s research has centred on the micro-foundations of markets and democracy. Past research projects have investigated the popularity of governments, the dynamics of public opinion about European integration, and people’s satisfaction with democracy. In other streams of research, he has investigated the connection between welfare states and citizen behaviour and the political attitudes and behaviours of immigrants in Europe.

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