910, 2018

Latvia’s Same Old Story: the rise of new parties and a never-ending inchoate party system

October 9th, 2018|

By Ryo Nakai (The University of Kitakyushu)

Latvia had a general election on 6 October 2018. The results awarded seats in the Saeima, the parliament of the Republic of Latvia, to seven parties including three newcomers. Some notable aspects of the election include the following: the current government parties were defeated, a party friendly to Russian […]

1009, 2018

Swedish elections: All claim success but there is no obvious winner

September 10th, 2018|

By Thomas Sedelius (Dalarna University)

The polling stations closed on Sunday, 9 September, at 8pm as Sweden voted on all available parliamentary positions on the same day: the 291 municipal councils (Kommunerna), the 23 provincial chambers (Landstingen) and the 349 seats in the national parliament, the Riksdag. Here is my brief post-election comment focusing on the […]

1807, 2018

The Czech Republic finally has a new government: it has a prosecuted populist Prime Minister and is supported by the Communists

July 18th, 2018|

By Vlastimil Havlik (Masaryk University) and Ivan Jarabinský (Institute for Evaluations and Social Analyses)

Initial situation
It was 263 days after the last general election that a new minority coalition government was formed. The populist ANO and the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) came together and the coalition is – for the first time after the fall […]

506, 2018

Italy has, finally, a government. And it is probably its most rightist government since the end of the Mussolini era

June 5th, 2018|

By Gianluca Scattu (The University of Sydney)

Many words have been spoken, and probably much more will be said about the three months of political chaos that followed March 2018 general elections, and the populist traits of the Five Star Movement (FSM) and the League, the two parties that support the new government.
Little, however, has […]

1505, 2018

The Five Star Movement and the League: the awkward partners of Italian politics?

May 15th, 2018|

By Margherita de Candia (King’s College London)

As it is often the case, Italian politics turns out to be particularly absorbing. More than two months have elapsed since March general elections, and Italy’s main parties have yet to agree on the coalition that will lead the country’s 65th government (according to some, the first of Italy’s […]

405, 2018

Early Elections Averted: The Pellegrini Cabinet to Lead Slovakia out of a Deep Political Crisis

May 4th, 2018|

By Marek Rybář (Masaryk University)

One of the most turbulent months in Slovakia’s recent history started with the murder of an investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and culminated with the resignation of the Prime Minister Robert Fico and his entire cabinet, and appointment of a new government led by Peter Pellegrini. The whole process involved an unprecedented […]

1704, 2018

Another sweeping victory for Fidesz: a staggering blow to Hungarian democracy

April 17th, 2018|

By Gergő Medve-Bálint (Centre for Social Sciences-Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

On 8 April, at 7pm sharp, voting at the 2018 Hungarian general elections officially ended. However, it was not until 10:55pm when the first results were announced by the National Election Office. Millions of voters were anxiously and later angrily waiting for the results that were […]

1503, 2018

Same same but different? Germany’s way to a new-old grand coalition

March 15th, 2018|

By Sophia Hunger and Theresa E. Gessler (European University Institute)

In September 2017, Germans went to the polls – almost half a year later, Angela Merkel was elected as chancellor governing with another round of the previous grand coalition government. In this post, we discuss how this new-old government came about, why coalition formation took exceptionally […]

703, 2018

The EU nightmare comes to life: Italian populist forces above 50%

March 7th, 2018|

By Vincenzo Emanuele (Luiss Guido Carli) and Bruno Marino (Scuola Normale Superiore)

A new electoral tsunami has hit Italy in the 2018 general election, after the already-astonishing results of the previous general election. As highly expected by many pundits, the election held on the 4th March has ended up in a hung Parliament, with no coalition […]

603, 2018

Monegasque national elections of 2018, rooted in the past and geared towards modernity

March 6th, 2018|

By Félicitas Guillot (IE-EI, Nice)

Monegasque national elections took place on the 11th of February. The election campaign started quite early, in July 2017, with the announcement of Jean-Louis Grinda as chief candidate for « l’Union Monegasque » (Monegasque Union, center). The second chief candidate was Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo for Horizon Monaco (center-right), declared in September 2017. […]