Bosnia: Pressure Mounts Over David Dragicevic Case in Run-Up to Elections

On 7 July 15,000 people gathered in the central square in Banja Luka to protest over the death in suspicious circumstances of David Dragicevic, a twenty one year IT student. It was the 104th such daily demonstration to be held since David Dragicevic’s death three months previously. There is no sign of slackening support for … Continue reading Bosnia: Pressure Mounts Over David Dragicevic Case in Run-Up to Elections

Sweden: Polling Shows Populist Surge As Election Approaches

With the Swedish general election taking place on 9 September opinion polls show the populist, anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats gaining ground. Polling undertaken in June put the Sweden Democrats leading the field ahead of both the centre-left Social Democrats and the centre-right Moderate Party. The Sweden Democrats rating in recent polls has ranged between 20-26%. The … Continue reading Sweden: Polling Shows Populist Surge As Election Approaches

Moldova: Opposition Protest After Court Invalidates Chisinau Election Victory

The victory by Andrei Nastase, the centre-right opposition candidate, in the recent elections for Mayor of Chisinau was invalidated by a court decision on 19 June. His appeal against this ruling was rejected two days later. The opposition parties, who supported Nastase’s candidacy, have announced that they will hold daily rallies to protest against this decision. The stage is now set for a major trial of strength between the government, which controls the state institutions, and the opposition who are determined to defend their election victory.

Romania: Power Struggle Between President and Government Intensifies

The battle between the centre-right President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, and the leftist government headed by Liviu Dragnea over control of the country’s legal and judicial institutions has entered a new phase. This last weekend saw the Social Democrats seeking to strengthen their hand in the stand-off with Klaus Iohannis by bringing their supporters from across the country into Bucharest for a major rally. Romania is set to enter turbulent and uncharted waters over the weeks to come.

Moldova: Opposition Candidate Wins Key Election Victory for Mayor of Chisinau

On 3 June Andrei Nastase, supported by a coalition of centre-right opposition parties, won a clear victory over Ion Ceban from the pro-Russian Socialist Party in the second round run-off of the election for Mayor of Chisinau.

Spain: The Crisis in the Established Parties and the Rise of the Citizens

The established Spanish parties of right and left have been losing support, amidst failures of leadership and policy, and public scandals. At the same time the Citizens, a movement of the radical centre, has emerged as the leading force in Spanish politics. The Citizen’s movement is gaining momentum in the run-up to key regional election … Continue reading Spain: The Crisis in the Established Parties and the Rise of the Citizens

Bosnia: Old Parties Face New Challengers as Elections Approach

Elections will be taking place in Bosnia on 7 October for the three-member state presidency and for the institutions of the country’s two entities, the Bosnian Federation and the Republika Srpska. The political parties across Bosnia have already begun preparing for the electoral contest which lies ahead. The campaign is set to see the main, … Continue reading Bosnia: Old Parties Face New Challengers as Elections Approach