Elections

  • Italy: our thoughts on the new government

    Last night, almost three months after the Italian general election, the President, Sergio Mattarella, appointed a new political government supported by the Five Star Movement and the League. The government’s mandate comes into effect later today and will be led by Giuseppe Conte as Prime Minister, while the leaders of the two abovementioned parties (Di…

  • Merkel’s bitter Victory

    Angela Merkel has won a bitter victory in Germany’s general election. On the one hand, her Christian Democrats, expectedly, gained the biggest share of votes by far. On the other hand, the Christian Democrats, unexpectedly, only won 33 per cent of the vote, which is their worst result since 1949, and stands at more than…

  • Catalonia: Out of Business?

    Catalonia is located at the North-Eastern extremity of Spain bordering with France. The region is similar in size to Belgium,  boasts a population of 7.5 million and amounts to 19% of the country’s GDP. The capital and largest city is Barcelona, the second-most populated municipality in Spain and seventh-most populous urban area in the European…

  • Bulgaria’s new government – what, if anything, has changed?

    Last week Bulgaria’s National Assembly approved the composition of the new government, following the victory of the centre-right party, GERB, at the snap elections held on 26 March 2017. Following the election, GERB’s leader, Boyko Borisov, became Prime Minister for the third time in eight years. GERB failed to secure an absolute majority at the…

  • Dutch election snapshot: Rutte wins, fragmentation prevails

    There’s a saying in the Netherlands: “Act normal, that is crazy enough”. It seems that the Dutch who voted in yesterday’s general election felt the same way. The exciting election resulted in a record turnout (82%) and produced a clear winner: the VVD, party of current Prime Minister, Mark Rutte. Rutte’s right-of-centre VVD outperformed the…

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