1708, 2016

Early elections, formation of the government and impact of the upcoming presidential elections

August 17th, 2016|

By Boban Stojanović (University of Belgrade)

In April, Serbia held early parliamentary elections, the third in the last four years. After early elections in 2014, early parliamentary elections were also held in 2016 (April 24) together with the local elections. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has decided to go to early elections, with two objectives: to […]

2607, 2016

Montenegrin 2016 Parliamentary elections: Same ol’… same ol’

July 26th, 2016|

By Olivera Komar (University of Montenegro)

The next Montenegrin Parliamentary elections have been scheduled for October 16th. However, as it looks right now – they will bring no significant surprises. Quarter of century long incumbency of Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) will most probably continue without any significant challenges. It did not look that way just […]

2507, 2016

May the Force Be With You: Britain’s New Government

July 25th, 2016|

By Tim Haughton (University of Birmingham)

For once the journalistic clichés were not over the top. The 23 June referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union was a seismic event, an earthquake which brought a dose of destruction to the British political scene: the Prime Minister resigned, allies knifed each other in the Conservative party […]

1207, 2016

A Pre-Programmed Suicide of a Government: The Fall of the Orešković Cabinet and Early Elections in Croatia

July 12th, 2016|

By Višeslav Raos (University of Zagreb)

After the November elections for the Croatian Parliament produced no clear winner, a newcomer party Bridge of Independent Lists (MOST) became a pivot party. This party, actually a loose, ideologically heterogeneous coalition of independent mayors and local citizen initiatives with a joint mission of toppling down the existing political elite, […]

3105, 2016

Did finally the crisis have an impact on Cypriot politics? Α note on the Cypriot parliamentary elections of 22 May 2016

May 31st, 2016|

By Giorgos Charalambous (University of Cyprus and PRIO Cyprus Centre)

It has been repeatedly observed how little Cypriot politics has changed since the onset of the post-2008 crisis in relation to the rest of southern Europe, in spite of a growing dissatisfaction with democracy and a rapidly decreasing sense of trust. But the parliamentary elections of […]

705, 2016

Government formation in Ireland: putting water charges on ice

May 7th, 2016|

By Conor Little (University of Copenhagen)

The elections
Ten weeks after the general election of 26 February, after the longest government formation process in its history, Ireland has a minority coalition government of Fine Gael – which, under Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny, has been the main incumbent since 2011 – and several non-party (‘Independent’) TDs (members […]

305, 2016

Early Parliamentary Elections in Serbia: More of the Same

May 3rd, 2016|

By David Pupovac (Central European University Alumni)

The background of the election
On April 24th, 2016 yet another early parliamentary election took place in Serbia. The ruling coalition, led by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić from the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), called for an early election in order address the social conflict which blocks the reforms and to […]

1803, 2016

Latvia’s New-Old Government

March 18th, 2016|

By Daunis Auers (University of Latvia)

The last few years have seen parts of East-Central Europe turn to the populist right. Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party won the 2010 and 2014 parliamentary elections with landslide majorities. Poland’s Law and Justice party has held the presidency and controlled both houses of parliament since October 2015. This has resulted […]

1103, 2016

Turn left and go straight to the right: twists and turns in a government formation thriller in Croatia

March 11th, 2016|

By Dario Nikić Čakar (University of Zagreb)

The result of the 2015 parliamentary election, held on 8 November, has shaped a new political landscape in Croatia. A fierce electoral competition did not produce a clear-cut winner between the governing left-wing coalition Croatia is Growing led by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the broad right-wing Patriotic […]

1003, 2016

Everyone Defeated in an Electoral Lottery? The Slovak Parliamentary Elections in March 2016

March 10th, 2016|

By Peter Učeň (Policy Analyst)

The recent parliamentary elections in Slovakia took place after the full term of the single-party government by the nominally social democratic Direction – Social Democracy (Smer-SD) party. The legacy of this government as well as the pre-election polls suggested that Smer-SD will defend their dominance with the score somewhere in the […]