9 05, 2024

A Landslide Triumph for the right-wing VMRO DPMNE and Social Democrats’ Crushing Defeat in Macedonian Dual Elections”

2024-05-09T15:01:57+01:00May 9th, 2024|

By Trajche Panov (Trinity College Dublin) The recent double elections in Macedonia unfolded as a resounding victory for the right-wing VMRO DPMNE party and a significant setback for the ruling Social Democrats (SDSM). In a landslide win, VMRO DPMNE, characterized by its right-wing nationalist stance, secured triumphs in both parliamentary and presidential elections. This electoral [...]

18 04, 2024

Parliamentary elections in Croatia 2024: This time without absolute winners

2024-04-18T16:46:45+01:00April 18th, 2024|

By Fjola Muratović (University of Zagreb) This year in Croatia will certainly pass in the spirit of elections and election results, because in addition to the parliamentary elections held on April 17, the European elections are scheduled for June and the presidential elections for December. The pre-election campaign was short and intense, while judging by [...]

13 03, 2024

The 2024 snap elections in Portugal

2024-03-13T10:49:07+00:00March 13th, 2024|

By Hugo Ferrinho Lopes (University of Lisbon) The radical right secured nearly 50 MPs as Portugal approaches the 50th anniversary of the end of a right-wing dictatorship. Chega (Enough) experienced a surge in the snap elections of March 2024, achieving a sizeable outcome and emerging as a major player in a reconfigured party system. The [...]

18 12, 2023

Elections in Serbia 2023 – All quiet on the Serbian Front

2023-12-18T19:48:48+00:00December 18th, 2023|

By Ilija Gavrilović (University of Belgrade) Yesterday, parliamentary and local elections were held in Serbia, the third in the previous three years in Serbia. Turnout in this election (59%) was slightly higher than the previous ones, although the turnout trend during the day indicated that it could be much higher than usual. This seems to [...]

28 11, 2023

Populist Radical Right Wins Dutch Elections, But Can They Form a Government?

2023-12-16T18:12:28+00:00November 28th, 2023|

By Simon Otjes (Leiden University) and Léonie de Jonge (University of Groningen) On November 22, the Netherlands elected a new Parliament. The elections saw a major change in the Dutch political landscape. In terms of seats change, the election was the most volatile election since the introduction of the proportional electoral system: 54 seats changed [...]

12 11, 2023

The 2023 Montenegrin Parliamentary Election: Expected Outcome, Worrying Trends

2023-12-18T19:18:44+00:00November 12th, 2023|

By Slaven Zivković (DeFacto) In the 2023 Montenegrin parliamentary elections, held on June 11th following the dissolution of the previous parliament, the Europe Now Movement (PES) emerged as the dominant political entity, securing a significant share of the seats (see Table 1). After extensive coalition negotiations, the PES formed a new government, with Milojko Spajić [...]

3 11, 2023

The 2023 Swiss Federal Elections: Last Time’s Winners Lose and Losers Win

2023-11-03T19:43:41+00:00November 3rd, 2023|

By Lukas Lauener (Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences/University of Lausanne) On 22 October, almost 5.6 million voters were called to elect the new Swiss Parliament for its 52nd legislative period. 46.6 percent of eligible voters participated in the elections, which is a small increase of 1.5 percentage points compared to 2019. It [...]

16 10, 2023

The 2023 Polish Parliamentary Election: Change is Coming

2023-10-16T21:33:05+01:00October 16th, 2023|

By Kamil Marcinkiewicz (formerly University of Hamburg) In the parliamentary election on October 15th, 2023, Poles voted for 460 members of the lower house of parliament, the Sejm, and 100 members of the upper house, the Senate. The authoritarian Law and Justice (PiS) is expected to win according to the late polls roughly 36% of [...]

1 10, 2023

The 2023 Slovak Parliamentary Elections: Fico’s Return to Power is Likely but the New Government May Not Last Long

2023-10-02T16:38:30+01:00October 1st, 2023|

By Marek Rybář (Masaryk University) Robert Fico, the leader of Smer-Slovak Social Democracy (Smer), has made a resurgence. Following the electoral setback in 2020, the popularity of his party plummeted to some 8 percent. His erstwhile protégé, Peter Pellegrini, who assumed the role of Prime Minister in the Smer-led coalition government in 2018 after Fico [...]

17 08, 2023

In polarised Spain, populists win even when they lose the elections

2023-08-18T03:30:56+01:00August 17th, 2023|

By José Javier Olivas Osuna (UNED) Thanks to the high degree of political polarisation, Spain finds itself in a paradoxical situation. Although the electoral results were bad for most populist parties, they have all increased their capacity to influence governance after the last General Elections on 23 July 2023. Far right Vox lost 19 seats [...]