Elections, party politics and government across Europe

  • marinelepenapr2015usefeatured
    Permalink Gallery

    The rise of the Front National is pushing France toward a genuine three-party system

The rise of the Front National is pushing France toward a genuine three-party system

Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP received the largest share of support in the French departmental elections on 22 and 29 March. However the success of Marine Le Pen’s Front National, which polled over 20 per cent in both rounds of voting, was once again one of the key stories to emerge from the vote. Helen Drakewrites on the lessons to be […]

Share
  • frenchseaflagsfeatured
    Permalink Gallery

    Sarkozy’s French local election victory sets the stage for the run up to the next presidential election

Sarkozy’s French local election victory sets the stage for the run up to the next presidential election

France held local elections on 22 and 29 March, with Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP receiving the largest share of the vote ahead of Marine Le Pen’s Front National. Françoise Boucek writes that while there is still a long way to go, the UMP’s success, combined with disappointing results for François Hollande’s Socialist Party, sets the stage for the next French […]

Share
  • ciudadanosiconsfeatured
    Permalink Gallery

    Ciudadanos: the ‘tortoise’ that may beat the ‘hare’ in the race for political reform in Spain

Ciudadanos: the ‘tortoise’ that may beat the ‘hare’ in the race for political reform in Spain

Much of the discussion in the lead up to the 2015 Spanish general election has focused on the surge in support experienced by the left-wing Podemos, which has topped several opinion polls in recent months. However a sizeable jump in support for another smaller party, Ciudadanos, has raised the prospect of the election becoming a four party race between […]

Share
  • ciudadanossignbla
    Permalink Gallery

    Despite the rise of Ciudadanos and Podemos, there is plenty of life left in the Spanish political establishment

Despite the rise of Ciudadanos and Podemos, there is plenty of life left in the Spanish political establishment

A surge in support for two parties – Podemos and Ciudadanos – ahead of the Spanish general election later this year has led some commentators to ask whether Spain’s two party system, which has traditionally been dominated by the centre-left PSOE and centre-right People’s Party, is coming to an end. Alejandro Quiroga writes on how support for the parties […]

Share
  • SONY DSC
    Permalink Gallery

    Greek political culture has changed beyond recognition since the crisis began

Greek political culture has changed beyond recognition since the crisis began

Support for individual political parties has changed substantially since the start of the crisis in Greece, with Syriza emerging as the largest party in the 2015 elections, while other parties, such as Pasok, have lost most of their support. But beyond the electoral success of parties, what effect has the crisis had on wider political culture within Greece? Gerasimos […]

Share
  • flageuroleftprotests
    Permalink Gallery

    Beyond Syriza and Podemos, other radical left parties are threatening to break into the mainstream of European politics

Beyond Syriza and Podemos, other radical left parties are threatening to break into the mainstream of European politics

Following Syriza’s election victory in Greece in January, and strong polling ratings for Podemos in Spain, are radical left parties becoming a stronger force in European politics? Luke March writes on the electoral performance of the radical left since the financial crisis. He notes that while a Syriza-style ‘surge’ remains unlikely for most radical left parties, there is fertile […]

Share