Elections, party politics and government across Europe

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    The demise of symmetry between ‘sister parties’ has opened up a new chapter in Belgian politics

The demise of symmetry between ‘sister parties’ has opened up a new chapter in Belgian politics

Belgium’s language divide between predominantly French-speaking Wallonia, and predominantly Dutch-speaking Flanders, is one of the key features underpinning the country’s party system. Régis Dandoy notes that while the language issue continues to be a major part of Belgian politics, the country’s political landscape has nevertheless undergone a significant change over the last decade, underlined by the outcome of the […]

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    Despite a controversial referendum on same-sex marriage, democracy remains alive and well in Slovakia

Despite a controversial referendum on same-sex marriage, democracy remains alive and well in Slovakia

Slovakia held a referendum on 7 February aimed at prohibiting same-sex marriage, adoption by same-sex couples, and the right of schools to require children to attend sexual education, or education dealing with the subject of euthanasia. Daniel Kral writes on the impact of the referendum, which saw overwhelming backing for all three proposals, but failed to pass the 50 […]

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    A ‘basic income’ system could be feasible in Spain, but only by reframing the current debate

A ‘basic income’ system could be feasible in Spain, but only by reframing the current debate

Several academics and politicians have argued in favour of a so called ‘basic income’ system, which would provide an unconditional payment to every citizen within a given country to cover basic living costs. José A. Noguera writes on the potential for such a system to solve some of the current issues in Spain. He argues that while the goal […]

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    The election of Italy’s new president has strengthened Matteo Renzi’s grip over Italian politics

The election of Italy’s new president has strengthened Matteo Renzi’s grip over Italian politics

On 31 January, Sergio Mattarella, a former Constitutional Court judge, was elected as the new President of Italy. James L. Newell and Arianna Giovannini write that while the formal powers assigned to the President remain fairly limited, the appointment of Mattarella represented an important victory for Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi. They argue that the nature of the negotiations […]

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    The rise of Podemos poses a challenge for pro-independence parties ahead of the 2015 Catalan elections

The rise of Podemos poses a challenge for pro-independence parties ahead of the 2015 Catalan elections

On 15 January, early parliamentary elections were called in Catalonia, with the vote set to be held in September. Anwen Elias writes on how the elections will shape the on-going debates over Catalan independence. She notes that one of the main challenges pro-independence parties will face is the rise of Podemos, which supports Catalonia’s ‘right to decide’ over the […]

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    After Syriza’s victory, Podemos now poses a major threat to the Spanish political establishment

After Syriza’s victory, Podemos now poses a major threat to the Spanish political establishment

Following Syriza’s victory in the Greek elections on 25 January, a number of commentators have turned their attention toward Spain, where the left-wing Podemos, which originally emerged from the Indignados protest movement, has been receiving strong polling numbers since the end of 2014. Vicente Navarro writes on the growth of Podemos and his role in shaping the party’s economic […]

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