Elections, party politics and government across Europe

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    The battle for history: why Europe should resist the temptation to rewrite its own communist past

The battle for history: why Europe should resist the temptation to rewrite its own communist past

Earlier this month the Czech and Slovak governments criticised the airing of a Russian documentary on the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, with the Slovak ministry of foreign affairs describing it as an attempt ‘to rewrite history’. Martin D. Brown writes that while the documentary was undoubtedly flawed, the diplomatic spat was symptomatic of a situation in which […]

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    Anti-Islamic Pegida groups have spread beyond their German heartlands

Anti-Islamic Pegida groups have spread beyond their German heartlands

Anti-Islamic Pegida groups received significant attention earlier this year with their demonstrations attracting thousands of participants in Dresden and other German cities. Lars Erik Berntzen and Manès Weisskircher write on the way that Pegida has spread into other western European countries. They note that while Pegida groups in other countries have drawn far fewer participants than their German equivalent, […]

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    Despite the crisis, Portugal’s 2015 election will be a straight contest between the country’s two mainstream parties

Despite the crisis, Portugal’s 2015 election will be a straight contest between the country’s two mainstream parties

Portugal will hold legislative elections later this year. Patrícia Calca writes on the lead up to the vote, noting that in contrast to countries like Greece and Spain, the Portuguese party system has remained relatively stable since the financial crisis. While there has been no emergence of anti-austerity parties like Syriza and Podemos, however, the election will nevertheless be […]

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    Matteo’s third way: what lessons could Labour learn from Renzi’s success in Italy?

Matteo’s third way: what lessons could Labour learn from Renzi’s success in Italy?

Traditional centre-left parties have experienced difficult electoral results and low polling ratings in a number of European countries in recent years, including the Labour Party in the UK, the SPD in Germany, the PS in France and the PSOE in Spain. Yet one significant exception has been the success of Matteo Renzi and his Democratic Party in Italy, who […]

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    The new Finnish government could offer a natural ally for David Cameron

The new Finnish government could offer a natural ally for David Cameron

Following elections in April, the new Finnish government was finally appointed at the end of May. Tapio Raunio assesses the makeup of the new government, noting that its key difficulty is likely to be the implementation of economic reforms. He also writes that with the leader of the Eurosceptic Finns Party, Timo Soini, holding the portfolio for EU affairs, […]

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    Viktor Orbán’s views on the death penalty could push Hungary further to the margins of EU politics

Viktor Orbán’s views on the death penalty could push Hungary further to the margins of EU politics

Abolishing the death penalty is a precondition for membership of the European Union and opposition to capital punishment forms one of the key elements of the EU’s human rights policy. Gergő Závecz writes on recent statements by the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, in which he expressed support for opening up a debate on the subject. He notes that […]

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