Iceland: Early Parliamentary Elections and a New Government

The recent parliamentary elections in Iceland have produced an increasingly fragmented political landscape, and a new government made up out of an unlikely left-right coalition of political opposites.   The Independence Party - Decline without Fall? Early parliamentary elections took place in on 28 October following the collapse of the three-party coalition headed by Bjarni … Continue reading Iceland: Early Parliamentary Elections and a New Government

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Serbia: New Opposition Party Founded

Vuk Jeremic Refurns to the Political Stage: On 22 October the opposition People’s Party (NS) held its founding congress in Belgrade. Vuk Jeremic (born 1975) was elected as President of the new party. Vuk Jeremic, educated at the universities of Cambridge, London (UK) and  Harvard (USA), was Serbian Foreign Minister from 2007-2012 during the presidency … Continue reading Serbia: New Opposition Party Founded

New Zealand Update: A New Coalition Government is Formed

On 19 October Winston Peters, the leader of New Zealand First, told a press conference that he had decided to form a coalition government with Jacinda Ardern and the Labour Party. This announcement surprised most political observers. It had been widely assumed that, since polling took place on 23 September, negotiations had been moving towards … Continue reading New Zealand Update: A New Coalition Government is Formed

New Zealand: Can the National Party Secure a Fourth Parliamentary Term?

The National Party Comes Out Ahead: In the recent parliamentary elections, on 23 September, New Zealand’s centre-right National Party led by Bill English (born 1961) gained 44.4% of the vote and 56 parliamentary seats. This represented a loss of 3 seats compared to the results in September 2014, but left the National Party as significantly … Continue reading New Zealand: Can the National Party Secure a Fourth Parliamentary Term?

Norway: The Parliamentary Election Campaign – September 2017

Parliamentary elections took place in Norway on 11 September. The results for the main parties in the 169 seat were:   Labour Party (AP) 27.4% (-3.4%) 49 seats (-6)   Conservative Party (Hoyre) 25% (-1.8%) 45 seats (-3)   Progress Party (FrP) 15.2% (-1.2%) 27 seats (-2)   Centre Party (Sp) 10.3% (+4.8%) 19 seats … Continue reading Norway: The Parliamentary Election Campaign – September 2017

Serbia: Aleksandar Vucic, New Realism on the Kosovo Question

New Realism on the Kosovo Question? On 24 July an article by Aleksandar Vucic, the newly elected Serbian President and leader of the governing Serbian Progressive Party, SNS, was published in the popular Serbian daily newspaper Blic. In this article Aleksandar Vucic called for the Serbs to conduct an ‘internal dialogue’ over the Kosovo question … Continue reading Serbia: Aleksandar Vucic, New Realism on the Kosovo Question

Kosovo: Forming A New Government After the Elections

An Inconclusive Election: On 10 May Isa Mustafa (born 1951), the Prime Minister of Kosovo and leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo – LDK, lost a parliamentary vote of no-confidence after his coalition allies from the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) voted with the opposition. The no-confidence vote was the culmination of a series … Continue reading Kosovo: Forming A New Government After the Elections