Bosnia: Key Personality Profile – Mladen Ivanic

Mladen Ivanic (born 1958) has been the Serbian representative in the three member Bosnian state presidency since 2014. He Bosnian Foreign Minister from 2003-2007 and from 2001-2003 was Prime Minister of the Bosnian Serb Republic (Republika Srpska). Mladen Ivanic was leader of the Party of Democratic Progress (PDP) from September 1999 to November 2015.   … Continue reading Bosnia: Key Personality Profile – Mladen Ivanic

Hungary: Academic Freedom, Civil Society and the Anti-Soros Campaign

The Lex-CEU and the NGO Crackdown: On 10 April 2017 Janos Ader, the President of Hungary, approved a bill changing the legal framework under which foreign universities operate within the country. Although the bill’s regulations cover a range of international institutions it is widely seen as being specifically aimed at shutting down the Central European … Continue reading Hungary: Academic Freedom, Civil Society and the Anti-Soros Campaign

Ukraine and Russia: Key Personality Profile – Maria Gaidar

Maria Gaidar (born 1982) was appointed as advisor to Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko on 28 March 2017, previously served as Deputy Governor of Odessa (Ukraine) from July 2015 to May 2016, Deputy Governor of Kirov Region (Russia) and in 2005 was founder of the DA! youth organisation. Maria Gaidar’s political career illustrates the inter-connected nature … Continue reading Ukraine and Russia: Key Personality Profile – Maria Gaidar

Serbia: The Presidential Elections and What Happens Next?

Serbia: The Presidential Elections and What Happens Next? The Election Results: On 2 April 2017 Aleksandar Vucic, the incumbent Prime Minister and leader of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), secured a first round election victory in the presidential elections. The results of the elections were: Aleksandar Vucic (Serbian Progressive Party - SNS)   55.02% Sasa Jankovic … Continue reading Serbia: The Presidential Elections and What Happens Next?

Russia: Puncturing Putin’s Popularity?

Demonstrations in Russia: On 26 March unsanctioned anti-corruption demonstrations took place in towns and cities across Russia. These were the largest protests to take place in Russia since the post-election demonstrations of 2011-2012. Police estimates put the numbers involved in the Moscow demonstration at between 7000 and 8000. Other independent observers put the numbers involved … Continue reading Russia: Puncturing Putin’s Popularity?

Bulgaria: Elections and the Art of Political Survival

The Election Results: Early parliamentary elections took place in Bulgaria on 26 March 2017. The elections were triggered by the resignation of Boyko Borissov (born 1959), Prime Minister and leader of the governing centre-right GERB  following the defeat in the November 2016 presidential elections of his party’s candidate Tsetska Tsacheva (36.16%) by Rumen Radev (59.37%), … Continue reading Bulgaria: Elections and the Art of Political Survival