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    One year into office, Austria’s grand coalition is under pressure from the growing popularity of the far-right Freedom Party

One year into office, Austria’s grand coalition is under pressure from the growing popularity of the far-right Freedom Party

Austria held a general election in 2013, with the centre-left SPÖ and centre-right ÖVP ultimately forming a ‘grand coalition’. Philipp Decker assesses the government’s first year in office and where it stands in the context of current public opinion in Austria. He writes that the two mainstream parties are increasingly coming under pressure from the Freedom Party of Austria […]

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    The decline in support for Bulgaria’s Socialist Party could be the first step in a rebalancing of the country’s party system

The decline in support for Bulgaria’s Socialist Party could be the first step in a rebalancing of the country’s party system

One of the key stories to emerge from Bulgaria’s election on 5 October was the disappointing result for the Bulgarian Socialist Party, the successor to the Bulgarian Communist Party which ruled the country from 1946 until 1989. Ekaterina Rashkova writes that while Bulgaria faces substantial political problems, the result of the 2014 election may nevertheless indicate a long-term shift […]

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    The governing parties survived Latvia’s election, but the issue of the country’s Russian-speaking minority remains centre-stage

The governing parties survived Latvia’s election, but the issue of the country’s Russian-speaking minority remains centre-stage

Latvia held parliamentary elections on 4 October. Licia Cianetti writes that while the elections saw Harmony – the centre-left party representing the country’s Russian-speaking minority – win the most seats, the results will likely see the incumbent government led by the centre-right Unity party continue in power. The steady fall in turnout experienced in recent elections also suggests that […]

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Experts react: 2014 Bulgarian parliamentary elections

Bulgaria held parliamentary elections on 5 October following the resignation of the country’s government in July. We asked six experts in Bulgarian politics for their reactions to the result, which saw former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) emerge with the largest share of seats in parliament.

Dimitar Bechev: “Who’s the winner then? Arguably, the […]

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    Sarkozy’s return to politics is bound to deepen divisions within the UMP

Sarkozy’s return to politics is bound to deepen divisions within the UMP

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his intention to return to frontline politics by competing in the leadership contest for France’s main centre-right party, the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), in November. Françoise Boucek writes that while Sarkozy’s is unlikely to have much difficulty in winning the leadership election, the decision over the UMP’s candidate for the […]

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    Hungary’s municipal elections are unlikely to see Fidesz loosen its dominant hold over Hungarian politics

Hungary’s municipal elections are unlikely to see Fidesz loosen its dominant hold over Hungarian politics

Hungary will hold municipal elections on 12 October. Yudit Kiss writes on the governing Fidesz party, led by Viktor Orbán, which has held power since 2010. She argues that Fidesz has used its economic policies to secure its own support base over the last four years, while a reform of the constitution and tighter restrictions on the media have […]

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