Elections, party politics and government across Europe

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    Liberal-democratic parties face unprecedented challenges, but remain a viable part of European party systems

Liberal-democratic parties face unprecedented challenges, but remain a viable part of European party systems

Liberal-democratic parties have been a stable feature of several party systems in Europe, but in recent years parties such as the Liberal Democrats in the UK and the FDP in Germany have experienced significant downturns in support. Bruno Marino assesses the challenges that such parties now face in European elections. He argues that while there are notable problems facing […]

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    Power has become centralised in Greek politics since the crisis and this is unlikely to change under Syriza

Power has become centralised in Greek politics since the crisis and this is unlikely to change under Syriza

Numerous studies have sought to capture the economic effect of the Greek debt crisis on the country, but how has the crisis affected the balance of power between central and regional/local authorities in Greece? Eleftherios Antonopoulos writes that the reaction to the crisis has significantly weakened local and regional levels of government. He also notes that the fact that […]

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    Why the 2015 presidential election in Poland could be closer than many expected

Why the 2015 presidential election in Poland could be closer than many expected

Poland will hold a presidential election on 10 May. Aleks Szczerbiak assesses the main contenders, noting that despite a shaky start to his campaign, the incumbent President Bronisław Komorowski remains a firm favourite to win. Nevertheless, the fact that he is projecting himself as a non-partisan candidate will limit the political momentum afforded to his party, Civic Platform, ahead […]

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    Estonia’s 2015 election result ensures the Reform Party will continue to dominate the country’s politics

Estonia’s 2015 election result ensures the Reform Party will continue to dominate the country’s politics

Estonia held a parliamentary election on 1 March. Allan Sikk writes that while the nature of the coalition which emerges from the election remains to be seen, the result was another success for the Reform Party, which has been in government continuously for the last sixteen years.

The most significant, although predictable, result of the 1 March general election in […]

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    Assessing Syriza’s first month in office: why Greece remains a long way from a break with austerity

Assessing Syriza’s first month in office: why Greece remains a long way from a break with austerity

The new Greek government, led by the Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza), won power on 25 January. Theofanis Exadaktylos assesses the government’s first month in office. He notes that while Syriza won the election with a commitment to renegotiate the country’s bailout agreement, the subsequent negotiations have proven even more challenging than might have been expected, not least […]

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    The demise of symmetry between ‘sister parties’ has opened up a new chapter in Belgian politics

The demise of symmetry between ‘sister parties’ has opened up a new chapter in Belgian politics

Belgium’s language divide between predominantly French-speaking Wallonia, and predominantly Dutch-speaking Flanders, is one of the key features underpinning the country’s party system. Régis Dandoy notes that while the language issue continues to be a major part of Belgian politics, the country’s political landscape has nevertheless undergone a significant change over the last decade, underlined by the outcome of the […]

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