1309, 2017

The 2017 Norwegian parliamentary election: Status quo – at the surface

September 13th, 2017|

By Jo Saglie (Institute for Social Research, Oslo)

Incumbent parties tend to lose votes, in Norway as in many other West European countries. Nevertheless, the incumbent Norwegian government survived the 2017 parliamentary election. The government parties – the Conservative Party and the Progress Party – lost some seats, but remained in power. The main loser was […]

2007, 2017

Governing Croatia the HDZ way: re-shuffling

July 20th, 2017|

By Gorana Mišić (Central European University)

It is old news that the first coalition between HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union) and MOST (Bridge of Independent Lists) fell apart over the conflict of interest of the first deputy PM and HDZ President Tomislav Karamarko in June 2016 – after only six months in power. New elections in September […]

1307, 2017

Old Habits Die Hard: Romania’s Newest Midsummer Government Formation

July 13th, 2017|

By Veronica Anghel (University of Bucharest)

Following yet another electoral fortune, the Social Democratic Party of Romania (PSD) successfully formed the Grindeanu cabinet with support party the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) in December 2016. As the first year in the life of the Grindeanu cabinet unfolded, there was little change in the distribution […]

407, 2017

Organizational instability of the Serbian governments: Fifth SNS cabinet

July 4th, 2017|

By Boban Stojanović (University of Belgrade)

Serbia gets a new, fifth government since the 2012, when the Serbian Progressive Party came to power. After the election in 2012, we had twice early parliamentary elections, in 2014 on which Vučić had the goal to further increase his power and increase the number of MPs. With the same […]

2806, 2017

Elections in Albania: A country in need of democratic representation towards European integration

June 28th, 2017|

By Nisida Gjoksi (London School of Economics)

Background
Albania broke-free from a 45 years long totalitarian communist regime in the 1990s. The road to democratization was strongly interlinked with the process of EU accession and the country received the candidate status in June 2014 and became a NATO member in 2009. Its path to democratization has been […]

1306, 2017

Voting for change: The 2017 parliamentary elections in Kosovo

June 13th, 2017|

By Shqipe Mjekiqi (R.I.T Kosovo)

Early parliamentary elections were held in Kosovo on 11th June, as the coalition between the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) and the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) broke out a month ago. Interestingly, this happened even though a parliamentary motion against the Government was raised by the PDK splinter party NISMA, and […]

906, 2017

Strong and Stable to Weak and Wobbly: The 2017 British General Election

June 9th, 2017|

By Grant Mitchell (Keele University)

Introduction
After weeks of declaring that there would be no general election until 2020, Theresa May surprised the nation by calling for a general election before 2020. Unlike in previous elections, the introduction of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act (2011) removed from the Prime Minister the power to call snap elections and therefore […]

506, 2017

Maltese Labour Party Reconfirmed in Government with a Comfortable Majority: Prime Minister Muscat Confounds his Opponents

June 5th, 2017|

By Roderick Pace (University of Malta)

The snap election held in Malta on 3 June 2017 has reconfirmed the incumbent Labour Party in government for the next five years with a resounding popular majority and a projected nine seat majority in the National Parliament.
Labour Leader Joseph Muscat took the oath of office as Prime Minister on […]

406, 2017

New Macedonian Government – An end of the authoritarian regime

June 4th, 2017|

By Trajche Panov (European University Institute, Florence)

Macedonia got the first government after 11 years of political dominance of the conservative populist VMRO DPMNE (Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization-Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity) led by its president and long term Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. This practically closes the era of Nikola Gruevski who created an illiberal […]

2405, 2017

The government of Edouard Philippe : talkin’ about a revolution?

May 24th, 2017|

By Camille Bedock (Centre for the Study of Politics-CEVIPOL at Free University of Brussels-ULB)

Since the election of the new President Macron on the 7th of May, the French media seems quite unanimous: France is experiencing a soft revolution, with a young president breaking the lines, atomizing old parties and old cleavages, and sending home old […]