A Post-Election Hangover: On 7 May Marine Le Pen with 33.9% (10,630,475) of the vote was defeated by the centrist candidate for the French presidency, Emanuel Macron, with 66.1% of the vote (20,743, 128) Although Marine Le Pen had, once again, been defeated these numbers represented a significant advance on her last presidential bid, in … Continue reading France: What Now for the Populist Right?
The Ruling Party Ousts its Own Government: On 21 June 2017 Sorin Grindeanu (born Nown Social Democratic Party (PSD) On 14 June the PSD had announced that they were withdrawing their support from Grindeanu’s government accusing him of being responsible for delays in the reform process. When Grindeanu proved reluctant to resign the PSD moved … Continue reading Romania: A Government in Crisis
Ana Brnabic (born 1975) was appointed as Serbia’s Prime Minister by Aleksandar Vucic (born 1970) the President of Serbia on 15 June 2017. Ana Brnabic had previously served as Minister for Public Administration and Local Self=Government from 2016 to 2017. Her appointment as Prime Minister was formally approved by an overwhelming vote of the Serbian parliament … Continue reading Serbia: A New Prime Minister is Appointed
An Unusual Election: On 24 June 2016, after the UK referendum vote to leave, the EU David Cameron resigned as Prime Minster and leader of the Conservative Party. This was followed by a contest for the leadership of the Conservative Party in which Theresa May (born 1956) emerged victorious, on 11 July, following the elimination … Continue reading United Kingdom: The Election and its Aftermath – A Political Turning Point?