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

Russia: Putin’s Hollow Victory

March 2018 saw Vladimir Putin re-elected as Russian President. As he begins his new six year mandate he is, however, facing a series of inter-connected problems which are largely the product of the policies he has put in place, and which it seems he will find increasingly hard to manage using the political and military … Continue reading Russia: Putin’s Hollow Victory

Italy: The Political Landscape After the Electoral Earthquake

The Italian elections on 4 March saw major gains by the populist outsider parties, the Five Star Movement and the League. This was paralleled by significant losses for the mainstream parties of the centre-left and centre-right, the Democratic Party and Forza Italia. None of the parties, however, have an overall parliamentary majority. The difficult process … Continue reading Italy: The Political Landscape After the Electoral Earthquake

Serbia: Ruling Party Wins Convincing Victory in Belgrade Elections Against Fragmented Opposition

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

United Kingdom: Politics on the Road to Brexit

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