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    Having won Slovenia’s elections, political newcomer Miro Cerar will have to make tough decisions if he is to bring stability to a new government

Having won Slovenia’s elections, political newcomer Miro Cerar will have to make tough decisions if he is to bring stability to a new government

Slovenia held parliamentary elections on 13 July. Alenka Krašovec and Tim Haughton assess the results of the election, which saw a newly formed party led by Miro Cerar win the largest share of the vote. They write that the key challenge for Cerar will be to retain his new party’s appeal while making the tough decisions necessary to solve […]

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    With both the French government and opposition in crisis, the door is open for Marine Le Pen to move firmly into the mainstream of French politics

With both the French government and opposition in crisis, the door is open for Marine Le Pen to move firmly into the mainstream of French politics

French President François Hollande has suffered from consistently low approval ratings and his Socialist Party received exceptionally disappointing results in both the country’s local and European elections earlier this year. As John Gaffney writes, however, the main opposition party, the UMP, has also been hit by a series of scandals, including the revelation that the party’s finances contain debts […]

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    Despite on-going coalition negotiations, regionalist parties remain the clear winners of the 2014 Belgian elections

Despite on-going coalition negotiations, regionalist parties remain the clear winners of the 2014 Belgian elections

Belgium held federal, regional and European elections in May, with parties currently involved in negotiations over the formation of a new government. Régis Dandoy writes on the electoral results of the country’s regionalist parties. He notes that while much of the attention has tended to focus on the success of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) in Flanders, every region […]

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    With Plamen Oresharski’s government on the verge of resigning, it remains to be seen whether Bulgaria can finally emerge from its political crisis

With Plamen Oresharski’s government on the verge of resigning, it remains to be seen whether Bulgaria can finally emerge from its political crisis

Bulgaria has endured political instability since 2013, following a series of protests and the resignation of the country’s government under Boyko Borisov. As Ekaterina Rashkova writes, the new government led by Plamen Oresharski, which emerged from elections in May 2013, has come under intense pressure in recent months and is widely expected to resign. She argues that with elections […]

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    The early signs are that Belgium is heading for more political deadlock over who should form the next government

The early signs are that Belgium is heading for more political deadlock over who should form the next government

Belgium held federal elections in May, with negotiations currently on-going over the makeup of the next government. As Peter Van Aelst writes, a key concern is that the country could experience political deadlock of the kind which occurred after the 2010 elections, where it took 541 days of negotiations before a government could be formed. He notes that while […]

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    The New Flemish Alliance’s decision to join the ECR group says more about Belgian politics than it does about their attitude toward the EU

The New Flemish Alliance’s decision to join the ECR group says more about Belgian politics than it does about their attitude toward the EU

The New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), which won the largest share of the vote in the Belgian federal elections in May, has traditionally combined a pro-EU platform with calls for greater autonomy for Flanders. Benjamin Leruth writes on the party’s decision to join the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group for the next European Parliament, which also includes David Cameron’s […]

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