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?
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
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
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
Five Star’s Municipal Elections Setback: Italy’s populist Five Star Movement led by Beppe Grillo (born 1948) suffered a significant electoral set back in the two round Italian local elections which took place on 11/25 June 2017. The Five Star Movement got through to the second round run-off in only 1 of the 25 largest cities … Continue reading Italy: The Five Star Movement Prospects for the Forthcoming Election
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