Elections, party politics and government across Europe

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    Not all European parties are losing members, but those that are tend to be older and more institutionalised

Not all European parties are losing members, but those that are tend to be older and more institutionalised

Party membership is often cited as being uniformly in decline across European democracies. Based on results from a study of 47 parties in six European countries between 1960 and 2010, Ann-Kristin Kölln writes that while this is true for some parties, it is by no means true for all. She notes that almost a quarter of the parties contained […]

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    Romania’s party system remains in flux ahead of next year’s local and parliamentary elections

Romania’s party system remains in flux ahead of next year’s local and parliamentary elections

In the last eight months Romania has experienced a surprise victory for Klaus Iohannis in the country’s presidential election, and a major political crisis following corruption allegations against incumbent Prime Minister Victor Ponta. Mihnea Stoica writes that ahead of local and parliamentary elections scheduled for 2016, Romania’s party system is now in flux, with a lack of ideological clarity […]

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    How the split in Germany’s Eurosceptic AfD is likely to help Angela Merkel

How the split in Germany’s Eurosceptic AfD is likely to help Angela Merkel

The Eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) narrowly failed to cross Germany’s five per cent electoral threshold in the country’s 2013 federal elections, but managed to gain seven MEPs in the 2014 European Parliament elections. However, as Julian M Hoerner notes, this initial success has evaporated in recent months following a split within the party. He writes that the split […]

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Can Civic Platform still win the 2015 Polish election?

Poland will hold its next parliamentary election in October. Aleks Szczerbiak writes that the country’s current ruling party, Civic Platform, has launched a fightback following its shock defeat in Poland’s presidential election in May. However, he notes that the political fundamentals are still working in the opposition’s favour and that Paweł Kukiz, an ‘anti-system’ rock star-turned-politician, could emerge as […]

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    Recent trends in Italy highlight the ‘presidentialised’ future of democratic politics in Europe

Recent trends in Italy highlight the ‘presidentialised’ future of democratic politics in Europe

Are European political systems becoming more ‘presidentialised’? Fortunato Musella writes on the experience of Italy in recent decades, first under the leadership of Silvio Berlusconi, and later under Matteo Renzi. He argues that the movement toward presidentialisation in the country is not unique to Italy and is part of a wider trend across western Europe.

Some cross-national trends are changing […]

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    Brexit is an issue President Obama has every right to be concerned about

Brexit is an issue President Obama has every right to be concerned about

In an interview this week, President Obama raised concerns about the potential of an EU-exit for the UK. Tim Oliver argues that Obama was right to raise these concerns, as Brexit is not simply a matter for domestic UK politics. It would also affect many of the UK’s closest allies including the USA.

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