Italy: The Political Landscape After the Electoral Earthquake

The Italian elections on 4 March saw major gains by the populist outsider parties, the Five Star Movement and the League. This was paralleled by significant losses for the mainstream parties of the centre-left and centre-right, the Democratic Party and Forza Italia. None of the parties, however, have an overall parliamentary majority. The difficult process … Continue reading Italy: The Political Landscape After the Electoral Earthquake

Serbia: Ruling Party Wins Convincing Victory in Belgrade Elections Against Fragmented Opposition

In the Belgrade assembly elections on 4 March the governing Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) secured victory by a wide margin. Amongst the opposition the elections confirmed the emergence of new political players, and saw the marginalisation of well established parties. The SNS led by Aleksandar Vucic, the current President of Serbia, gained 44.99% of the … Continue reading Serbia: Ruling Party Wins Convincing Victory in Belgrade Elections Against Fragmented Opposition

United Kingdom: Politics on the Road to Brexit

A Dead Woman Walking: When Theresa May became Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party she inherited from her predecessor, David Cameron, a small but workable, 12 seat parliamentary majority. In April 2017 Theresa May, a politician with a reputation for pragmatism and caution, gambled by calling early parliamentary elections with polling to take … Continue reading United Kingdom: Politics on the Road to Brexit

Hungary: Fidesz Lose By-Election in Party Stronghold

OnĀ  25 February Peter Marki Zay, an independent candidate gained 57.5% of the vote in a by-election in the southern Hungarian town of Hodmezovasarhely defeating Zoltan Hegedus, the candidate of the governing Fidesz party, who secured 41.63% of the vote. The by-election saw a particularly high voter turn-out of 62.45% compared to 36.38% in the … Continue reading Hungary: Fidesz Lose By-Election in Party Stronghold