Elections, party politics and government across Europe

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    The Finns Party and UKIP have shared a similar journey from the outside to the mainstream

The Finns Party and UKIP have shared a similar journey from the outside to the mainstream

While UKIP finished with the third highest vote share in the UK’s general election, elsewhere in Finland the Eurosceptic Finns Party recently became the second largest party in the country’s parliament and is set to join the next governing coalition. Mari Niemi compares the fortunes of UKIP and the Finns Party, noting that beyond their Euroscepticism both parties have […]

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    What does Paweł Kukiz’s election success mean for Polish politics?

What does Paweł Kukiz’s election success mean for Polish politics?

Poland held the first round of its presidential election on 10 May. As Aleks Szczerbiak writes, one of the key stories from the vote was the success of Paweł Kukiz, a former rock singer and political novice who finished a surprising third with more than a fifth of the vote. He notes that while the odds are that this […]

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    Ireland’s referendum on same sex marriage could be a watershed moment for equality

Ireland’s referendum on same sex marriage could be a watershed moment for equality

Ireland will hold a referendum on 22 May on a proposed amendment to the Constitution of Ireland which would permit same sex marriage. Éidín O’Shea writes on the referendum campaign, which has seen all major parties in the country support a Yes vote. She notes that while opinion polling shows strong backing for the proposal, the vote could nevertheless […]

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    Success for the pro-Kurdish HDP in Turkey’s general election could reshape the country’s politics

Success for the pro-Kurdish HDP in Turkey’s general election could reshape the country’s politics

Turkey will hold a general election on 7 June. Firat Cengiz previews the election, noting that while the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is likely to win the most votes, it is unlikely the AKP will secure enough support to allow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to enhance the powers of the presidency. She argues that a key […]

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    Three more years of Cameron – but it will be a rocky road ahead

Three more years of Cameron – but it will be a rocky road ahead

Confounding the pollsters and the pundits, voters in England have given David Cameron another three years as Prime Minister, collapsed the Liberal Democrats to a shell and dashed the Labour elite’s dream of edging back into power via a minority government. Patrick Dunleavy unravels what was and was not historic in the 2015 general election results.

Expatiating on the historic resonance […]

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    What does the UK’s election result mean for Europe? Four expert responses

What does the UK’s election result mean for Europe? Four expert responses

Simon Usherwood: “For an EU that’s really suffered in recent years, this is all another massive problem to have to deal with”
Kai Arzheimer: “Angela Merkel will not be thrilled by the news that David Cameron will continue as PM”
John Gaffney: “Opinion in France is generally as stunned by the unexpected result as opinion in the UK”
Paul Kennedy: “Spain’s conservative […]

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