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Europe Elects is a market leader in the analysis of polls and election data in Europe. The Germany-based start-up contextualises the data for free for 204,000 followers (updated: 28 May 2021) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Telegram, and YouTube, and has provided analysis to Al Jazeera, Euronews, Heinrich-Boell Foundation, the University of Georgia and other major international stakeholders in the past. Moreover, Europe Elects acts as a democracy watchdog in authoritarian countries. During Europe Elects’ work, the platform breaks the national narrative and reports from a European perspective for a pan-European audience. POLITICO Europe has found in 2019 that Europe Elects is – ahead of CNN or Le Monde – the 12th most influential media in the EU Parliament.

Europe Elects is run by a non-partisan team of 40 volunteers. We cherish diversity. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the team, regardless of gender, class, skin colour, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, academic or professional background.

100% of our income is reinvested into Europe Elects.

Our vision

A world with cross-border political understanding and global democracy that is led by a politically empowered citizenry.

Our mission

It is our mission to make data related to polls and elections accessible for researchers, journalists, politicians, and citizens across borders to create a common understanding of global democracy.

Contact Us

General Inquiries: contact@europeelects.eu
Editorial: editor@europeelects.eu
Website Inquiries: alexander.sarti@europeelects.eu
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Tobias Gerhard Schminke
Team Coordinator | Founder | CEO

Tobias founded Europe Elects in May 2014, and until September 2017 ran the account on his own. Today, he is the CEO of Europe Elects UG (haftungsbeschränkt) and has been the team's coordinator from 2017 to 2020 and then again since 2021. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication Science with a Political Science minor at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, and Haifa University, Israel. In 2019, he obtained his Master of Arts in International Development Studies in Halifax, Canada.

tobias.schminke@europeelects.eu
Julius Lehtinen
Editor-In-Chief | Finland Correspondent

Julius joined the Europe Elects team in 2018. He currently studies Politics and Communications at the University of Helsinki and writes about European Affairs for the Finnish Foreign Political magazine The Ulkopolitist. Julius is the Editor-In-Chief of Europe Elects on top of covering polls and election results in Finland. He was the team's interim coordinator in 2020.

Euan Healey
Head of Communications | Co-Host Podcast

Euan has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017. He is the head of Europe ELects' communications and co-host of the Europe Elects podcast. He is a freelance writer and journalist based in the United Kingdom, specialising in politics and policy across Europe. He studies at the University of Glasgow. Euan was the team's coordinator from 2020 to 2021. 

Adèle Stebach
France Correspondent

Adèle has been part of Europe Elects since March 2021. Theretofore, she has also been covering Chile for America Elects since November 2019, and Morocco and other francophone African countries for Africa Elects since September 2020. She is currently responsible for coordinating Africa Elects' team. After having earned a degree in Political Science at the University of Lille, France, Adèle is now studying Sociology and Psychology at the same university. Her productions focus on the governance practices of authoritarian regimes. She covers polls and elections in France. 

Aleš Rus
Website Managing Coordinator | Slovenia Correspondent

Aleš has been covering polls and elections in Slovenia for Europe Elects since May 2019. He graduated from the University of Ljubljana with a degree in informatics and has supported the maintenance of Europe Elects' website in the past. 

Alexander Sarti
Web Editor | Developer

Alexander has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017. He is currently studying Computer Science and Telecommunications Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano. He runs the Europe Elects website and covers polls and elections in Italy.

Andrei Miclea
Romania Correspondent
Andrei Miclea has been part of Europe Elects since March 2018, covering Romania. He is currently doing a master in Informatics Technologies. He has a B.S. in Software Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Timisoara. For almost two years, he worked as a Software Validation Engineer for Intel. His passions are history, politics, and science.

 

Antonio M.
Italy, the Vatican, and San Marino Correspondent

Antonio covers polls and elections in Italy for Europe Elects since late 2018. He is graduated in Informatics and Telecommunications at Sava's Technical Institute. 

Celso Gomes
Data visualisation specialist | Portugal Correspondent

Celso Gomes joined the Europe Elects team in 2019, covering polls and elections in Portugal. He is at the tail end of a Ph.D. in the broad area of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Sheffield. Celso focuses additionally on Europe Elects' chart design and coverage standards.

Cyrille Amoursky
Team Finance | Ukraine, Russia and France Correspondent

Cyrille Amoursky has been part of Europe Elects since August 2020. He is currently studying European Politics at the European School of Political and Social Sciences (ESPOL) in Lille. He is passionate about geopolitics, history, and learning languages. He is the financial subteam coordinator and he covers polls and elections in Ukraine as well as Russia and France.

Dylan Marshall
Editor | Ireland Correspondent

Dylan has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws in International and European Law from the Hague University of Applied Science in 2020. He is currently studying his Master of Arts in Transnational Governance at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Dylan is also a member of the Young European Federalists. 

Emre Türker
Data Visualisation Managing Coordinator | Turkey Correspondent

Emre is part of our team since 2020 and he is currently covering the polls of Turkey. He studies International Relations at Middle East Technical University (METU).

Filip van Laenen
Team Database | Belgium Correspondent

Filip has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Computer Science from KULeuven, and has been tracking Belgian polls for more than ten years. He has a special interest in statistics and has created open-source software to calculate seat projections. He covers polls and elections in Belgium, Iceland and Norway and creates voting and seat projections for the 2019 EU Election.

Gabriel Hedengren
Podcast Co-Host | Sweden Correspondent

Gabriel covers polls and elections in Sweden for Europe Elects. Moreover, he is co-host of the Europe Elects Podcast. He is a PR account executive living in London and joined Europe Elects in 2019.

Giorgi Inalishvili
Team Website | Georgia and Azerbaijan Correspondent

Giorgi joined Europe Elects team in March 2021. He holds Master's degrees in Business Administration and International Relations. Giorgi has a huge experience both working for the government and civil society organizations. He also is a master trainer of IREX Georgia in media literacy. During the last 10 years, Giorgi has been actively observing international politics and South Caucasus region politics as well. 

Guilherme Ferreira Resende
Team Human Resource | Social Media Manager (Instagram)

Guilherme has been part of the team since April 2019. He is currently studying Political Science at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ISCSP-ULisboa) and is a member of the Bringing Europeans Together Association Portugal (BETA Portugal). He runs the Instagram page of Europe Elects and is the HR subteam coordinator.

guifresende@gmail.com
Harry Hayfield
Data Visualisation Assistant | UK Correspondent (Support)

Harry resides in the United Kingdom and has been doing analysis and election projections with various academic institutions since the 1989 European Election. He has a GCSE at Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. He is an expert on electoral law and electoral history in the United Kingdom.

Ignasi Subirà
Spain and Andorra Correspondent

Ignasi has been part of the Europe Elects team since September 2017. After having earned a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in Barcelona, he is now pursuing a Master’s program at the London School of Economics.

Ioannis Arshakyan
Team YouTube | Armenia Correspondent

Ioannis has been part of Europe Elects since March 2021 covering polls and elections in Armenia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Crete and is currently studying Political History, War and Strategic Relations at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, specializing in digital war propaganda. He is also a freelance writer.

Jakub Rogowiecki
Team Finance | Social Media Manager (Twitter and Facebook) | Poland Correspondent
Jakub has been part of the Europe Elects team since May 2020, covering polls and elections in Poland. He also supports the coverage of Moldova and Latvia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics obtained at the University of Essex. Currently, he studies Political Economy of Europe in his Master’s at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is part of Europe Elects’ finance team and assists with coordinating our social media coverage.
José Alvarado
Team YouTube

José has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017. He received his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the American University in Washington, D.C. Previously, he has worked as an intern for the Paris-based think tank Confrontations Europe and in the United States Senate

Leon Andrius Liesener
Data visualisation specialist | Belarus, Lithuania, Liechtenstein Correspondent

Leon has been part of the Europe Elects team since May 2019. He covers polls and elections in Lithuania and Liechtenstein. He also supported or led the coverage of Belarus, Switzerland and Ukraine in the past. Moreover, he is a producer and audio engineer for the Europe Elects' podcast. He studies Mathematics in his Bachelor's at the University of Göttingen. Leon was the team's coordinator from 2020 to 2021.   

Linus Jensen
Team Finance | EU Parliament Projection | Latvia Correspondent

Linus has been part of the Europe Elects team since August 2020, covering polls and elections in Latvia. A native of Denmark, he is currently studying in Latvia. He is part of Europe Elects' finance team. Linus is the author of our monthly EU Parliament projection articles.

Luka Ivan Jukić
Team Finance | Croatia and Bosnia Correspondent

Luka has been a part of Europe Elects since May 2019. He studies Economics and History at the University of Glasgow and works as a freelance journalist with a focus on Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Mathew Nicolson
Election Day Managing Coordinator | Deputy Editor | UK & Ireland Correspondent

Mathew has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh. Mathew is co-editor-in-chief of Europe Elects as well as the author and host of the Podcast format "History Corner". Moreover, he covers polls, elections and referenda in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Mathew was the team's coordinator from 2020 to 2021. 

Matteo Obererlacher
Austria Correspondent
Matteo joined the Europe Elects team in 2020 and covers polls and elections in Germany and Austria. He currently works towards his A levels at the Gymnasium Lienz.
Michał Konarski
Team Human Resource | Poland Correspondent

Michał Konarski is currently a student at Bolesław Chrobry's High School in Wroclaw. He has been a part of Europe Elects since July 2018 and is also part of editors' team of youth press collective Alternatywa.

Nasha Gagnebin
Team YouTube | Switzerland Correspondent

Nasha has been part of Europe Elects since January 2021.  He holds a Master of Arts in Film History and Aesthetics with a Political Science minor from the University of Lausanne - Switzerland, and a Master of Fine Arts in Film Directing from the International Film & Television School of Paris - France. He has special interest in Swiss political parties and has been creating graphs with parties' seats in cantonal Legislatures since 2016, outside of his work with EuropeElects. He covers polls and elections as well as referenda in Switzerland. His other passion is vexillology.

Nassreddin Taibi
Election Day Managing Coordinator | Netherlands, Belgium & Sweden Correspondent

Nassreddin has been part of the Europe Elects team since March 2020 taken in as the correspondent for the Netherlands. He studies Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Despite only having lived in the Netherlands, Nassreddin has a great interest in Belgian and Swedish politics, which he occasionally also covers.

nassreddine.2002@gmail.com
Noah Wheatley
Team Database | Denmark, Monaco, Norway and Iceland Correspondent

Noah has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017. He is currently studying Modern European Studies with German, at the University of Nottingham. Noah covers polls and elections in Denmark.

Otto-Kristjan Vanajuur
Election Day Managing Coordinator | Estonia Correspondent

Otto-Kristjan has been part of Europe Elects since December 2018 focusing on Estonia. He's currently studying Electroenergetics and Mechatronics at the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT/TalTech).

Polychronis Karampelas
Podcast Managing Editor | Greece, Albania & Kosovo Correspondent
Polychronis Karampelas covers polls and elections in Greece, Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia. Beyond that, he’s the managing editor of the Europe Elects Podcast. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations, a MA in Global Risks, Politics and Analytics and an MSc in Political Analysis.
Rafael Eduardo Pena-Rios Ribero
Social Media Manager (YouTube) | Podcast Producer and Engineer

Rafael has been part of Europe Elects since 2017. Living in Colombia, he is studying graphic design and interactive design at University of Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano. He is responsible for Europe Elects' YouTube channel and producer and audio engineer of the Europe Elects podcast. In the past, he has been covering Romania for the team. 

Seán Glennon
Editorial Assistant | Ireland Correspondent

Seán has been a member of the Europe Elects team since March 2018. He is the founder of Ireland Elects and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from University College Dublin. He is currently based in Taipei, Taiwan. He is mainly covering polls and election results for the Republic of Ireland for Europe Elects.

Teodora Yovcheva
Team Human Resource | Bulgaria Correspondent

Teodora Yovcheva has been covering polls and elections in Bulgaria for Europe Elects since September 2019. She is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Politics. Her academic interests are political parties and party systems. Teodora is the doctoral students' representative in the board of Student Union in Sofia University and the former vice-chairman of the students club of political science.

Tomas Bálint
Team Finance | Czechia and Slovakia Correspondent

Tomas is data analyst for Europe Elects with a special focus on covering polls and election results in Slovakia and Czechia. He joined the team in 2018 and studies Politics & International Relations at University of Sussex. 

Viktor Babar
Team Database | Hungary Correspondent

Viktor is the founder of Hungary Elects and has been part of Europe Elects team since September 2017. He studied social sciences and survey statistics at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. He is currently working for a Hungarian political polling company as a researcher.

Vincent Marmara
Team Finance | Malta Correspondent

Vincent covers polls and elections in Malta for Europe Elects. He earned a PhD in Mathematics (Statistics) at the University of Stirling and is currently a lecturer at the University of Malta. He joined Europe Elects in 2019.

Yasen Iliev
Financial and Entrepreneurial Advisor

Yasen Iliev has been financial and business development advisor for Europe Elects since 2019. He is currently working at the European Investment Bank.

Yiorgos Kakouris
Team Podcast | Cyprus Correspondent

Yiorgos Kakouris joined Europe Elects in 2019, just in time for the European Parliament Elections. He studied at New York University and University College London, and worked for several years as a political reporter in Cyprus covering the reunification negotiations. He works as a Brussels correspondent for Alpha TV Cyprus and writes analysis for Politis newspaper.

Rati Shubladze
Associate

Rati has been part of the Europe Elects team since July 2018. Until 2020, he covered polls from Georgia. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Tbilisi State University. Rati’s doctoral research focuses on electoral behaviour in Georgia. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate-level research methods classes at TSU. Additionally, Rati is a researcher at CRRC-Georgia.

Simone Esposito
Associate

Simone Esposito has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017. Having graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), he is now doing an internship at Confindustria, while working towards a master’s degree in European affairs at ULB in Brussels. Simone is also a former intern at the European Commission in London and at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Until 2021, he coordinated the Europe Elects database team. 

Europe Elects wants to thank team members who helped to build the project in the past:

Alexandros Velmachos (Greece, 2017-2019)
Antons Gusevs (Latvia, 2018-2020)
Baiba Krastiņa (Latvia, 2018)
Dimitrios Malegkos (Greece, 2017-2019)
Edvinas Emarta (Lithuania, 2018-2019)
Iliya Ivanov (Bulgaria, 2018-2019)
Jani Korhonen (Western Balkans, 2018-2020)
Lukas S. (Germany, Austria, 2017-2021)
Tin Dukanović (Croatia, 2018-2019)
Thomas Melieres-Frost (France, 2019-2021)
Yaman H. (Slovenia, 2017-2018)