Elections, party politics and government across Europe

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    Jeremy Corbyn’s EU troubles: contemporary politics requires having one’s cake and eating it

Jeremy Corbyn’s EU troubles: contemporary politics requires having one’s cake and eating it

The UK will hold a referendum on the country’s membership of the European Union at some point over the next 12 months or so. Henrik Bang argues that the forthcoming referendum has shone a light on the nature of contemporary politics, particularly in terms of the changing nature of the Labour Party – now led by the eurosceptic Jeremy […]

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The UK needs a devolved government for London

Should more power be devolved from the UK government to the City of London? Tim Oliver argues a devolved government for London would help to rebalance the UK towards a federal union more than any other constitutional change. He writes that it would give the metropolis the freedom to develop as it needs and be a significant step towards reforming […]

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    The rise of the AfD after Cologne poses a serious challenge for Merkel’s policy on refugees

The rise of the AfD after Cologne poses a serious challenge for Merkel’s policy on refugees

Following events on New Year’s Eve, in which a number of women were sexually assaulted in several cities including Cologne, the issue of immigration has come to the fore of domestic politics in Germany. Julian M Hoerner writes that the Eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party has experienced an upturn in support since the incidents, with Angela Merkel also […]

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    Could the Netherlands’ referendum on Ukraine really create a ‘continental crisis’?

Could the Netherlands’ referendum on Ukraine really create a ‘continental crisis’?

A referendum is scheduled in the Netherlands on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement signed in 2014. Simon Otjes writes on the domestic political developments that led to the referendum being called and what the implications of a ‘no’ vote could be. He notes that while it is likely the agreement would simply be modified if Dutch voters reject it, the […]

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Serbia’s latest election is entirely unnecessary

On 17 January, Serbia’s Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić, called for early elections to be held in April, despite the country’s next election not being due until 2018. Florian Bieber assesses why new elections have been called. He argues that while the elections may allow Vučić to secure a larger parliamentary majority, there were also some broader strategic calculations and systemic reasons behind the decision.

Serbia has […]

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    Slovakia’s general election: The impact of the refugee crisis is likely to push Robert Fico back to power

Slovakia’s general election: The impact of the refugee crisis is likely to push Robert Fico back to power

Voters in Slovakia will go to the polls on 5 March to elect their next government. Daniel Kral previews the election, noting that while the ruling Smer-SD, led by Robert Fico, is unlikely to win an absolute majority, it remains by far the most popular party in the polling and has been helped by the hard line taken by […]

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