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 120,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, 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 43 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.
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Tobias Gerhard Schminke
Team Coordinator, Founder, Legal Representative (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.
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.
Web Editor and 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.
Chart Design, 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.
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.
Filip van Laenen
Seat projections; 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.
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.
Guilherme Ferreira Resende
Social Media Manager - Instagram
Guilherme has been part of the team since April 2019. He is currently studying Political Science at the School of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP-ULisboa), having previously pursued a degree in European Studies at the Faculty of Humanities (FLUL). He runs the Instagram page of Europe Elects.
Social Media Coordinator - Twitter and Facebook, Finances, 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 currently studies Economics in his Bachelor’s at the University of Essex. He is part of Europe Elects’ finance team and assists with coordinating our social media coverage.
Finances, 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.
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.
Podcast Managing Editor and Greece, Albania, Kosovo & North Macedonia Correspondent
Rafael Eduardo Pena-Rios Ribero
Social Media Manager - YouTube, Europe Elects 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.
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. He coordinates Europe Elects' database team.
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.
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.
Italy, the Vatican, and San Marino Correspondent
Antonio covers polls and elections in Italy for Europe Elects since late 2018. He is a student of Taranto's Technical Institute and studies Informatics and Telecommunications.
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.
Dylan has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017. He is currently an International and European Law student at the the Hague University of Applied Science and is a member of the Young European Federalists.
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).
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.
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
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.
Luka Ivan Jukić
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.
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.
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 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).
Georgia and Azerbaijan Correspondent
Rati has been part of the Europe Elects team since July 2018 and covers polls from Non-EU member Eastern European countries. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pro-Bono 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.
Head of Asia and Oceania Elects
Adam Lawless is currently doing his General Certificate of Secondary Education in Northamptonshire, England. He coordinates the teams running Europe Elects' partner projects Asia Elects and Oceania Elects. Moreover, he is an expert on polling and election data as well as contemporary politics and political parties in Israel.
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.
Thomas has been part of the Europe Elects team since January 2019. He graduated from the University of Southampton in 2017 with BA Hons Degree in History and is now persuing his MA in History. He has been working as a private history tutor. Thomas mainly assists with data on polls and elections in France.
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)
Yaman H. (Slovenia, 2017-2018)