national elections

  • 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…

  • Constitutional referendum in Italy: less than three weeks to go

    With the turmoil resulting from the US election starting to fade, attention is now turning to the Italian referendum on 4 December. The referendum will give citizens the opportunity to embrace, or indeed reject, the constitutional reforms enacted by the Italian Parliament. With less than three weeks to go, Italian politicians are preparing for the…

  • Bulgaria: Elections… and Then Crisis

    “Always with Germany and never against Russia”: this famous quote by Bulgaria’s last king Tsar Boris III (1894 – 1943) characterised the election campaign for the fifth president of Bulgaria, which culminated last Sunday, 13 November. Major General Rumen Radev – backed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) – overwhelmingly won the run-off vote against…

  • 2017 French Presidential elections

    In 2017, France will hold its presidential elections – an event that has taken on renewed significance in the aftermath of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Setting the scene for next year’s race is the Socialist Party’s (PS) growing divide and decreasing popularity of the current President François Hollande, the mainstream right…

  • Spanish general elections – Political deadlock remains

    After six months of political deadlock, Spaniards headed to the polls on Sunday 26 June for an unprecedented repetition of the general elections. The truth is that little has changed since the December ballot that left the country without an elected government. The conservative Partido Popular (PP) has won most votes and increased the number…

  • Indecisive Ireland

    The mist is clearing and the shape of the new political landscape is emerging following the most inconclusive general election in Ireland’s history. While counting is still ongoing three days later – thanks to Ireland’s single transferrable vote form of proportional representation – and the final exact numbers are not yet in, it is clear…

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