Georgia: Presidential Election Set for Run-Off After Strong Opposition Result

In Presidential Elections held in Georgia on 28 October Salome Zurabishvili, the candidate backed by the governing Georgian Dream party, gained 38.66% of the vote, narrowly ahead of Grigol Vashadze, the united opposition candidate, with 37.7% of the vote. Davit Bakradze, the European Georgia candidate, secured 10.97% of the vote. The elections will now go … Continue reading Georgia: Presidential Election Set for Run-Off After Strong Opposition Result

Bosnia: Elections in the Federation Produce Mixed Political Results

The elections which took place across Bosnian on 7 October saw the candidate of from the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) once again winning the Bosniak position on the Bosnian Presidency. The contest for Croat presidency position, however, saw significant change with the defeat of the candidate of the nationalist Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), and … Continue reading Bosnia: Elections in the Federation Produce Mixed Political Results

Bosnia: Elections in the Republika Srpska Bring Political Continuity and Signs of Change

n the elections across Bosnia on 7 October the Republika Srpska saw Milorad Dodik securing the position of Serb representative in the Bosnian presidency, the candidate he backed winning the contest for the President of the Republika Srpska, and his party becoming the largest group in the Republika Srpska assembly. Dodik is, however, set to … Continue reading Bosnia: Elections in the Republika Srpska Bring Political Continuity and Signs of Change

Finland: The Authorities Move Against, Russian Owned, Airiston Helmi

On 22 September the Finnish National Bureau for Investigation (NBI) launched a series of raids on property owned by the company Airiston Helmi. Seventeen premises in the Turku region of south-west Finland were searched. The NBI directed raids were supported by the police, coastguard, and army. The raids involved over a 100 members of the … Continue reading Finland: The Authorities Move Against, Russian Owned, Airiston Helmi

Russia: Putin under Pressure at Home and Abroad

Vladimir Putin has sought to preside over a carefully managed political system. A series of recent events, however, suggest increasing incoherence and loss of control within Russia’s political elite. These have included an election won and then lost by Russia’s ruling party, a public feud between a general and Russia’s leading anti-corruption campaigner, the poisoning … Continue reading Russia: Putin under Pressure at Home and Abroad

Bosnia: Senior Member of Governing Bosnian Serb Party Sanctioned by US as Election Approaches

On 10 September Nikola Spiric, Vice-President of the Party of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) and MP in the Bosnian Parliament, was banned by the State Department, along with several members of his family, from entering the United States. The SNSD is the governing party in the Republika Srpska (RS) and is headed by Milorad Dodik, … Continue reading Bosnia: Senior Member of Governing Bosnian Serb Party Sanctioned by US as Election Approaches

Sweden: Polls Suggest Post-Election Deadlock as End of Campaign Approaches

With voting in the Swedish elections taking place on 9 September the Social Democrats appear to be taking the lead, but with the populist anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats close behind them and polling strongly. The post-election negotiations on the formation of a new government look set to be difficult, and contentious with both the centre-left and … Continue reading Sweden: Polls Suggest Post-Election Deadlock as End of Campaign Approaches