United Kingdom: Conservative Leadership Candidates Set Out Their Stalls in a Crowded Market-Place

On 24 May Theresa May, under pressure from backbench MPs and losing the support of her cabinet, announced her resignation as leader of the Conservative Party. She formally stepped down as party leader on 7 June. The process of choosing a new Conservative Party leader is now taking place under the supervision of the backbench … Continue reading United Kingdom: Conservative Leadership Candidates Set Out Their Stalls in a Crowded Market-Place

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Moldova: Confrontation Looms As Constitutional Court Declares New Government Headed By Maia Sandu ‘Illegitimate’

On 8 June Maia Sandu, the leader of the pro-European ACUM coalition was nominated as Prime Minister, by the Socialist President, Igor Dodon. This move brought to an end the political impasse which had existed since parliamentary elections took place in February this year. On the night 8/9 June the Constitutional Court, backed by oligarch … Continue reading Moldova: Confrontation Looms As Constitutional Court Declares New Government Headed By Maia Sandu ‘Illegitimate’

Norway: The Strange Case of the Military Whale and Russia’s Northern Policy

In late April Norwegian fishermen, off the country’s north-east coast, spotted a white Beluga whale moving alongside their boat. The whale repeatedly came up to the boat and sought to rub itself against the side of the vessel. The whale, upon closer observation, appeared to be wearing some sort of harness. It had it seemed … Continue reading Norway: The Strange Case of the Military Whale and Russia’s Northern Policy

Bosnia: Murder of Businessman Sends Shockwaves Through the Republika Srpska

At around 10:30 on Sunday 22 April, Slavisa Krunic, a prominent businessman, was shot dead outside his house in the village of Glamocani near Banja Luka. Zarko Pavlovic, Krunic’s bodyguard, was also killed in the attack. Goran Ilic, his driver, sustained non-life threatening injuries. An exchange of fire during the attack resulted in the death … Continue reading Bosnia: Murder of Businessman Sends Shockwaves Through the Republika Srpska

France: Macron Faces Tough Poll Fight with Le Pen’s National Rally in European Elections

Emmanuel Macron’s popularity slumped during the Gilet Jaune crisis in the winter 2018/2019. Macron’s recent moves aimed at addressing public grievances combined with increasing public disillusionment with the Gilet Jaune movement have, however, produced a revival in his political fortunes. The campaign for the European elections, temporarily suspended following the Notre Dame cathedral fire, will … Continue reading France: Macron Faces Tough Poll Fight with Le Pen’s National Rally in European Elections

Slovakia: Pro-European Liberal Candidate Wins Presidential Election

On 30 March Zuzana Caputova, an opposition liberal politician and campaigning lawyer, was elected in the run-off of Slovakia’s presidential elections. This followed a first election round, two weeks previously, in which she opened up a clear lead over her main opponent, Maros Sefcovic, who was backed by the governing party. The first round of … Continue reading Slovakia: Pro-European Liberal Candidate Wins Presidential Election

Moldova: General Election Sees Strong Result by Centre-Right Opposition Despite Campaign Marked by Smears and Irregularities

The general election held on 24 February saw the centre-right and pro-European ACUM coalition achieving a strong result coming second with 26% of the vote. This was achieved despite a determined effort by the governing Democratic Party to marginalise them. The pro-Russian Socialist Party of Moldova came in first but their 31.4% share of the … Continue reading Moldova: General Election Sees Strong Result by Centre-Right Opposition Despite Campaign Marked by Smears and Irregularities