Month: July 2020

The EU Roma policy – Backgrounds and functioning

The EU’s direct involvement with policy specifically directed towards Roma was a response to change political conditions arising from eastward enlargement.

A new algorithm for European solidarity

A new instrument of European sovereignty is being invented to enable Europe to better shape and project its future.

Croatia: the rush for premature elections

The Croatian Parliamentary elections were due in the fall of 2020. However, the right wing Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Government with a majority in Parliament rushed to hold the elections before the summer recess. The main reasons for such a move were that its track record in dealing with the CORONA19 pandemic and that its …

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The Polish presidential elections: what's next for the country's foreign policy?

Polish presidential elections: what’s next for the country’s foreign policy?

Had it happened, the election of the liberal Rafał Trzaskowski as president of Poland could have meant a turning point in several aspects. First, the demise of the illiberal power of the Law and Justice party (PiS) and of Jaroslaw Kaczynski personally. It would have been a slippery slope for them ahead the of next …

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The Polish presidential elections: socio-demographic differentiations

Andrzej Duda, the incumbent president, who stems from the governing Law and Justice Party (PiS) won his battle for re-election against the opposition candidate Rafał Trzaskowski. With a turnout of 68,18%, Duda won 51,03 versus 48,97 per cent for his rival. It is worth noting that the difference between the winner and the loser is …

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Elections in Croatia: the centre-right made it again

Despite different projections, Croatia’s centre-right Prime minister Andrej Plenković managed not only to win the last week’s parliamentary elections, but even to increase his party’s seats in parliament, depriving his centre left rival SDP of a much hoped-for victory. However, with participation down, Andrej Plenković’s HDZ won more seats with less votes. Notably, some more …

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Polish choice between illiberalism and neoliberalism

One thing that was predictable was the fact that the incumbent President Andrzej Duda, associated with the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS), was a favourite in this election and that he and his camp did not play fair.

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