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 […]

505, 2017

New Bulgarian government: more of the same

May 5th, 2017|

By Dragomir Stoyanov (VUZF University)

On March 26, 2017 snap elections were held in Bulgaria. These were the third snap parliamentary elections in the last five years and their results confirmed GERB as the most popular party in Bulgaria. Thus, these were the fourth consecutive national elections in which GERB won parliamentary majority (very unusual […]

2903, 2017

The 2017 Bulgarian elections: A Dead-end street?

March 29th, 2017|

By Emilia Zankina (American University in Bulgaria)

Sunday (March 26th) parliamentary elections in Bulgaria mark the third early elections in the country in four years. Three elections and six governments (three of which care-taker) later, Boyko Borissov and his GERB party (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, with the symbolic acronym meaning “coat of arms”) carry […]

1603, 2017

A flattened political landscape in the flat country. The Dutch elections of 2017

March 16th, 2017|

By Simon Otjes (Documentation Centre Dutch Political Parties University of Groningen)

For the first time in almost two decades a Dutch cabinet lasted its entire term. Despite the fact that Liberal-Labour coalition lacked a majority in the Senate, it was able to implement an impressive policy agenda oriented at welfare state reform without a cabinet […]

702, 2017

The 2017 elections in Liechtenstein: Slight changes and a stronger parliamentary opposition

February 7th, 2017|

By Sebastian Wolf (Medical School Berlin, formerly Liechtenstein-Institut, Bendern)

The national election in the Principality of Liechtenstein on February 5th, 2017 was a regular election. About 19.800 citizens had to vote a new Landtag, Liechtenstein’s unicameral part-time parliament with only 25 seats. Although it is a duty to vote according to the microstate’s law, only […]