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

Italy: Will New Elections Lead to Political Instability?

On 28 December 2017 Sergio Mattarella (born 1941), the Italian President, dissolved parliament and announced that new elections would take place on 4 March 2018. The elections will be contested under a new election law, instituted in October 2017, which will see 37% of seats elected by first past the post, 61% on proportional lists, … Continue reading Italy: Will New Elections Lead to Political Instability?

Italy: The Five Star Movement Prospects for the Forthcoming Election

Five Star’s Municipal Elections Setback: Italy’s populist Five Star Movement led by Beppe Grillo (born 1948) suffered a significant electoral set back in the two round Italian local elections which took place on 11/25 June 2017. The Five Star Movement got through to the second round run-off in only 1 of the 25 largest cities … Continue reading Italy: The Five Star Movement Prospects for the Forthcoming Election