Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik

Presidential Election in Belarus

Tensions Are Likely to Prevail

The impending presidential election in Belarus on August 9, 2020, is highly likely to result in the smooth victory of incumbent Alexandr Lukashenko. Despite this fact, the unprecedented – and still growing – politicization of Belarusian society constitutes a challenge to the regime that will not fade even after a clear-cut election. The resulting tensions will require more diplomatic attention from Germany and the European Union.

Fighter jet on the deck of an aircraft carrier

Quiet but committed

Dr. Māris Andžāns, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Latvia