Serbia: Growing Civic Protests in Belgrade and Other Towns Highlight Issues of Government and Governance

Protest marches have been taking place in Belgrade on a weekly basis since 8 December 2018. The marches began following an attack on Borko Stefanovic, an opposition politician, which took place in the previous month. The focus of the protests has since widened to include calls for greater media freedom, and the resignation of Aleksandar … Continue reading Serbia: Growing Civic Protests in Belgrade and Other Towns Highlight Issues of Government and Governance

Russia and Zimbabwe: Putin and Mnangagwa Seek to Strengthen Economic and Political Links

On 14 January the government of Zimbabwe announced that it was doubling the price of fuel, increasing the burden on the country’s already impoverished population. Protests broke out in Harare, Bulawayo, and a dozen other urban centres. The police and army responded with force. Twelve protestors were killed. Hundreds were arrested. The authorities moved to … Continue reading Russia and Zimbabwe: Putin and Mnangagwa Seek to Strengthen Economic and Political Links

Bosnia: Milorad Dodik Launches Crackdown in Banja Luka Targeting the ‘Justice for David’ Movement and Opposition Parties

Riot police in the Republika Srpska have used force on two occasions over the last week, on 25 and 30 December 2018, against meetings in Banja Luka of the ‘Justice for David’ protest movement. On 31 December arrest warrants were issued for five senior members of the Justice for David movement including its leader, Davor … Continue reading Bosnia: Milorad Dodik Launches Crackdown in Banja Luka Targeting the ‘Justice for David’ Movement and Opposition Parties

Belarus: Opposition Spokeswoman Threatened With Deportation By Authorities

Anna Krasulina, spokeswoman for the opposition United Civil Party (UCP), has been ordered to leave Belarus by the authorities. Over recent years Aleksandar Lukakeshenka’s government has sought to present itself as liberalising and moving towards the West. The case of Anna Krasulina, and those involving other opposition and media representatives, however, demonstrates that the actions … Continue reading Belarus: Opposition Spokeswoman Threatened With Deportation By Authorities

Georgia: Opposition Calls for Protests After Second Round of Presidential Election

The results of the Georgian Presidential elections second round run-off on 28 November showed Salome Zurabishvili, the candidate of the governing Georgian Dream party to have defeated Grigol Vashadze, the candidate of the United Opposition. Zurabishvili secured 59.52% of the vote to 40.4% for Vashadze. The opposition have stated that this electoral victory was secured … Continue reading Georgia: Opposition Calls for Protests After Second Round of Presidential Election

Bosnia: Power Struggles Break Out in Republika Srpska Parties in Elections Aftermath

The victory of Milorad Dodik in the Republika Srpska in Bosnia’s recent elections has been followed by a series of defections, disruption, and splits within opposition parties. In the immediate aftermath of the elections this will allow Dodik to further strengthen his position. In the longer-term, however, the situation within the opposition parties is likely … Continue reading Bosnia: Power Struggles Break Out in Republika Srpska Parties in Elections Aftermath

Sweden: Political Deadlock Continues After New Attempt to Form Government Fails

On the morning of 14 November Ulf Kristersson, leader of the centre-right Moderate Party, failed to secure enough parliamentary support for a proposed Moderate and Christian Democrat minority government. This was the latest attempt to form a new administration following the inconclusive 9 September parliamentary elections. Negotiations on the formation of a new government are … Continue reading Sweden: Political Deadlock Continues After New Attempt to Form Government Fails