On 10 August hundreds were injured in Bucharest when the authorities used violence against an anti-government protest. This move may, however, rebound on the leftist government as it produces a strengthened opposition, and an on-going anti-corruption protest movement. Violence on Victory Square: On 10 August the protestors had begun to gather on Victory Square in … Continue reading Romania: Protests Continue After Leftist Government Uses Violence Against Opposition Demonstration
On 25 May 2018 Marion Marechal Le Pen, the former National Front MP and niece of the party leader Marine le Pen, announced that she was changing her name. She would, she stated, from now on be called Marion Marechal.
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
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
On 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
On 30 January 2018 Viorica Dancila (born 1963) was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Romania. Viorica Dancila is the third individual to hold this office since the left-wing Social Democratic Party (PSD) secured victory in the December 2016 election. Dancila’s predecessors were Sorin Grindeanu (born 1973) who was Prime Minister from January … Continue reading Romania: Another Government Falls