On 28 December 2017 Sergio Mattarella (born 1941), the Italian President, dissolved parliament and announced that new elections would take place on 4 March 2018. The elections will be contested under a new election law, instituted in October 2017, which will see 37% of seats elected by first past the post, 61% on proportional lists, … Continue reading Italy: Will New Elections Lead to Political Instability?
A Move to the Right: On 10 December Laurent Wauquiez (born 1975), MP for Haute-Loire and President of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, was elected as the leader of the centre-right Republicans. He secured an overwhelming victory with 74.6% of the vote. The turn-out was, however, low with less than half the Republicans membership taking part in … Continue reading France: The Republicans Choose A New Leader