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Croatia: the rush for premature elections

By Bojan Glavaševć / 17 July, 2020

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...

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?

By Ireneusz Bil / 17 July, 2020

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...

The Polish presidential elections: socio-demographic differentiations

By Przemysław Sadura / 17 July, 2020

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...

Elections in Croatia: the centre-right made it again

By Senada Selo Sabic / 17 July, 2020

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...

Polish choice between illiberalism and neoliberalism

By Bartosz Rydlinski / 17 July, 2020

The past presidential campaign was the longest in the history of the sovereign and democratic Poland. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the change of the election date and the number of candidates running, we can say that it was one of the most unusual and unpredictable political events of the...

Poland: the post electoral landscape

By Anna Pacześniak / 17 July, 2020

In Poland, the presidential elections are frequently a turning point: a new beginning, followed by changes within the party system. This rule is likely to apply after the re-election of President Andrzej Duda, who has been supported by the nationalist-conservative government of the United Right. So, how is that possible...

Polish elections: the case for hope

By Michal Sutowski / 17 July, 2020

At first sight, for the progressive forces in Poland, the aftermath of the last presidential elections resembles a tragedy. After five years in power of the Law and Justice Party (PiS), the President, himself from PiS, won re-election, with, in addition, the largest amount of votes in any election within...

LGBT rights in the Polish presidential campaign

LGBT rights in the Polish presidential campaign

By Bartosz Machalica / 17 July, 2020

The issue of human rights of the LGBT community became surprisingly one of the key issues in the presidential election campaign in Poland. The race to the elections had started before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, at the beginning of 2020. The Left coalition (Lewica), which included SLD, Wiosna...

Divided society, divided diaspora

By Maria Skóra / 17 July, 2020

On July 12, the second round of presidential election took place in Poland. This was a special race, not only due to unprecedented pandemic circumstances. The competition between Andrzej Duda (supported by the United Right coalition led by the Law and Justice party, PiS) and his final opponent, Rafał Trzaskowski...

The electoral disgrace of the right-wing government in Poland

By Anna Pacześniak / 12 May, 2020

This last Sunday, 10th May, presidential elections were meant to be held in Poland. Until the very last moment there were no legal guidelines for how to organise them. That is because even though, following the Constitution, they take place every 5 years, this time the ruling Law and Justice...

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