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    The key dynamic in Sweden’s general election was the centre-right losing out to the far-right Sweden Democrats

The key dynamic in Sweden’s general election was the centre-right losing out to the far-right Sweden Democrats

Sweden held a general election on 14 September, with the Swedish Social Democratic Party emerging as the largest party ahead of incumbent Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s Moderate Party. Katrine Kielos outlines the five key reasons why Reinfeldt suffered at the polls, noting that most of the support lost by his centre-right coalition went to the far-right Sweden Democrats.

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    Internal party struggles will form the backdrop to Romania’s presidential election in November

Internal party struggles will form the backdrop to Romania’s presidential election in November

Romania will hold presidential elections in November, with the country’s centre-left Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, currently ahead in the polls. Roxana Mihaila writes that the main dynamic in the campaign so far has been an intra-party struggle on the centre-right over the candidate chosen to run against Ponta, with Romania’s incumbent President Traian Basescu unable to stand for a […]

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    Swedish general election: a final look at the polls and the party platforms

Swedish general election: a final look at the polls and the party platforms

Sweden will hold a general election on 14 September. Ahead of the vote Jonathan Polk and Henrik Ekengren Oscarsson provide an overview of the polling and the platforms for each of the mainstream parties. They note that while the ‘Red-Green’ opposition parties have been leading the polls, there is some momentum for the governing ‘Alliance’ coalition and it still […]

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    Despite winning Turkey’s presidential election, Erdoğan could find himself marginalised by the presidency’s limited powers

Despite winning Turkey’s presidential election, Erdoğan could find himself marginalised by the presidency’s limited powers

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won Turkey’s presidential election on 10 August, becoming the first directly elected President in the country’s history. Firat Cengiz writes that while Erdoğan’s ultimate aim is to establish a presidential system in Turkey, his strategy rests on securing an increase in support for his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) at the 2015 parliamentary elections. She […]

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    Erdoğan is in the process of establishing a presidential political system in Turkey based on Islamic rather than secular principles

Erdoğan is in the process of establishing a presidential political system in Turkey based on Islamic rather than secular principles

On 10 August, Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, won the country’s presidential election, becoming the first directly elected President in Turkey’s history. Soli Özel assesses Erdoğan’s victory and what it means for the country’s future. He writes that the result is a step toward the creation of a new presidential political system within Turkey, but that this will […]

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    The Swedish government is set to lose the 2014 general election despite the country’s economic performance

The Swedish government is set to lose the 2014 general election despite the country’s economic performance

Sweden will hold a general election on 14 September. With one month to go until the vote, Anders Sundell presents two distinct forecasting models on the results: one based on the country’s economic performance and one based on opinion polling data. The results show that if the vote reflected Sweden’s economic performance, it would be expected that Fredrik Reinfeldt’s […]

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