Elections, party politics and government across Europe

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    Les Républicains primary: The runners and riders as the French centre-right selects its presidential candidate

Les Républicains primary: The runners and riders as the French centre-right selects its presidential candidate

Several French parties, including France’s largest centre-right party, Les Républicains, will select their candidate for the 2017 French presidential election in a primary to be held in November. With the official campaign set to kick-off on 21 September, Marta Lorimer discusses the main contenders and their programmes ahead of the vote.

As France’s presidential election approaches, the main French parties […]

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    With a struggling economy and elections looming, why do so many Russians still back their government?

With a struggling economy and elections looming, why do so many Russians still back their government?

Russia is due to hold parliamentary elections on 18 September. To coincide with the elections, we will be running a number of articles on Russian politics and society. In this contribution, Evgeny Gontmakher writes on why Russian citizens still continue to show strong support for the current government despite a faltering economy. He notes that part of the explanation […]

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    Croatian parliamentary elections 2016: voters reject the centre-left’s tilt to the right

Croatian parliamentary elections 2016: voters reject the centre-left’s tilt to the right

Croatia held a parliamentary election on 11 September, its second election in the space of a year following the country’s previous election in November 2015. Tena Prelec and Stuart Brown write that the results were a blow for Croatia’s Social Democrats, who had hoped to win the largest share of support but ended up in second place behind the Croatian […]

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    Is this really the beginning of the end for Merkel? Why the CDU is still well placed to win in 2017

Is this really the beginning of the end for Merkel? Why the CDU is still well placed to win in 2017

The result of the election in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania on 4 September, where Angela Merkel’s CDU only managed third place, has been interpreted by some observers as a sign that the German Chancellor could be in danger of losing power in next year’s federal election. Ed Turner writes that there is a serious risk of over-interpretation as far as the […]

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    Russia is facing a pension dilemma as the country goes to the polls

Russia is facing a pension dilemma as the country goes to the polls

Russia is due to hold parliamentary elections on 18 September. To coincide with the elections, we will be running a number of articles on Russian politics and society. In this contribution, Aadne Aasland and Linda Cook outline one of the key challenges facing Russian policymakers: the management of the country’s pension system. While the Russian government is wary of […]

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    The AfD’s second place in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania illustrates the challenge facing Merkel in 2017

The AfD’s second place in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania illustrates the challenge facing Merkel in 2017

Angela Merkel’s CDU came third behind the Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the German Social Democrats (SPD) in elections in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania on 4 September. Kai Arzheimer writes that while the result was not unexpected and the CDU still has a lead in national polling, the election underlines the challenge facing Merkel as she seeks reelection in the next […]

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    Austria’s presidential race is heading for a third round – here are the lessons from the first two

Austria’s presidential race is heading for a third round – here are the lessons from the first two

Austria is due to hold a rerun of its presidential election on 2 October, following the Constitutional Court of Austria’s decision to annul Alexander Van der Bellen’s narrow victory in May. Mario Gavenda and Resul Umit assess the lessons that can be taken from the first election. They note that concerns over Brexit may have strengthened the appeal of […]

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    May’s foreign policy gambit: What could possibly go wrong? Plenty.

May’s foreign policy gambit: What could possibly go wrong? Plenty.

After the three turbulent weeks that followed the EU referendum, Theresa May has taken over from David Cameron as the new British Prime Minister and unveiled her first appointments: Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary, and David Davis at the newly established post of Secretary for Brexit. Simon Usherwood assesses where to next. 

Another day, another upheaval in […]

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    With the centre-right ahead, is next year’s French presidential battle already over?

With the centre-right ahead, is next year’s French presidential battle already over?

France will hold presidential elections in 2017, which have taken on renewed significance in the aftermath of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Jocelyn Evans and Gilles Ivaldi present a comprehensive look at the state of play ahead of the elections. They write that with the Socialist Party in disarray, the presidential election is the centre-right’s to […]

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    Croatia’s fallen Orešković government was a messy but healthy experiment in democracy

Croatia’s fallen Orešković government was a messy but healthy experiment in democracy

The Croatian government collapsed earlier this month, with new elections expected by September. As Višeslav Raos writes, the hung parliament that emerged from the last elections in November 2015 resulted in a decidedly unorthodox government coming to power, headed by an independent PM and two Vice-PMs from two different parties. He argues that this episode indicates that Croatia is no longer […]

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    Spain’s general election: A country in search of a compromise

Spain’s general election: A country in search of a compromise

Spain held a general election on 26 June, just over six months after the last election in December failed to produce a governing coalition. The vote saw Mariano Rajoy’s People’s Party gain the largest share of seats, but not enough for a majority in parliament. Anwen Elias writes that the result demonstrated the resilience of the country’s two mainstream […]

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    Spanish general election preview: The multi-party system is here to stay

Spanish general election preview: The multi-party system is here to stay

Spain will hold a general election on 26 June, following the failure to form a government after the last general election in December. Francisco Camas-García draws on recent survey evidence to preview how the vote might go, how support for parties splits across demographic groups, and what the result might mean for the future of the Spanish party system.

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    Romania’s local elections: Why has the ‘old guard’ done so well?

Romania’s local elections: Why has the ‘old guard’ done so well?

The fall of Victor Ponta’s PSD government in November 2015 was supposed to usher in a new era of politics for Romania. However, local elections held on 5 June resulted in victories for the PSD across the country, including in Bucharest, with several politicians who are either under investigation, or even (in one case) currently in jail, being elected. […]

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    The 2017 French presidential election: The race has started… and so far it has more candidates than voters

The 2017 French presidential election: The race has started… and so far it has more candidates than voters

On 23 April and 7 May 2017, French citizens will vote for President François Hollande’s successor. While in most cases the names of the official candidates are yet to be disclosed, several leading political figures have already announced their intention to run in the election. Marta Lorimer discusses the possible candidates and what recent polling says about their chances.

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    Montenegro’s decade of independence: Tracing a state back to its origins

Montenegro’s decade of independence: Tracing a state back to its origins

May 2016 marked ten years since Montenegro achieved its independence from Serbia, the final act in the demise of Yugoslavia. Petar Marković traces the country’s short history and analyses the celebrations from a political theory perspective. His analysis highlights that, in spite of projecting an image of multi-ethnic cohesion and political stability, problems affecting Montenegro’s economy and society remain […]

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Matteo Renzi’s election prospects: a work in progress

Matteo Renzi has been Italian Prime Minister since 2014, but has faced a number of challenges in retaining his support ahead of the next general election. James L. Newell writes that much will be revealed by the results of local elections in June, where Renzi’s party faces significant challenges, and beyond that by the usual problems of managing the […]

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    History shows that Greece is able to implement meaningful reform

History shows that Greece is able to implement meaningful reform

Rest assured that the creditors’ preferred tune of ‘Grexit’ will be playing again this July, writes Matthias Morys. Reviewing Greece’s economic history, he argues that past experience shows that Greece is able to implement meaningful reform, but it also indicates that external pressure is crucial in unlocking the reform potential. 

Greece is heading for another showdown with its creditors. With […]

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    Poland’s rock star-politician: What happened to Paweł Kukiz?

Poland’s rock star-politician: What happened to Paweł Kukiz?

A year ago rock star and social activist Paweł Kukiz caused a sensation when he finished a surprise third in the first round of the Polish presidential election. He held on to enough support for his new Kukiz ‘15 grouping to secure representation in the legislature after the October parliamentary election. Aleks Szczerbiak writes that Kukiz ‘15 has retained […]

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    The Italian troublemaker: How Renzi’s European strategy is putting him at odds with Angela Merkel

The Italian troublemaker: How Renzi’s European strategy is putting him at odds with Angela Merkel

Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has voiced criticism of EU decision-making in recent months in relation to both the migration crisis and fiscal policy rules. Lorenzo Piccoli writes that although Renzi’s European policy is partly rooted in seeing off the challenge of Eurosceptic parties within Italy, he is also intent on playing a more assertive role at the European […]

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    What turnout can we expect in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales?

What turnout can we expect in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales?

Voters in the UK will go to the polls on Thursday, with some of the most high profile contests involving the elections of devolved legislatures in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Kenneth Bunker looks at what we might expect turnout to be in the Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh elections.

With the devolved legislatures of Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales all […]

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