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America’s 2022 midterms: Democrats and democracy defying expectations

On 8 November 2022, two years after Joe Biden was elected president of the United States, Americans cast their ballots in a highly consequential midterm election. Although the final results may take days or weeks to be known, the vaunted ‘red wave’ that most politicians, pundits and prognosticators had confidently predicted ended up being merely […]

The Danish elections: a victory with a bittersweet dilemma

The Danish Social Democrats received their best result in 20 years at the national elections on 1 November. Now the challenge is whether the government that is to be formed will strengthen the new progressive agenda of the Social Democrats or if it will weaken it. The general elections in Denmark on 1 November followed […]

Denmark: Mette Frederiksen’s Social Democrats win the best result in 20 years

The Danish Social Democrats gained the highest number of votes in 20 years, after a nail-biting count. An exit poll early on election night indicated a loss of six mandates, pointing to a loss of the majority for the ‘red bloc’. However, the final results at midnight were different. The ‘red bloc’ won 87 seats […]

Latvia: elections in the shadow of war

In the Latvian parliamentary elections on 1 October, the main ‘player’ was the war started by the neighbouring country Russia in Ukraine. The war indirectly determined both the winners and the losers of these elections. All four parties that achieved the highest results in the previous elections were pushed below the 5 per cent parliamentary […]

Bulgaria in circles – the fourth election in 18 months!

On 2 October 2022 Bulgarians were called to vote in snap elections for the fourth time in just eighteen months. The outgoing four-party government, formed as a result of the last elections of 14 November 2021, was led by the party ‘We continue the change’ of Prime minister Kiril Petkov, and party co-chair and finance […]

Bulgaria: the raised fist – from hope to a threat to democracy

On 2 October 2022, Bulgarians voted for the fourth time in less than two years for a new parliament. In the summer of 2020, when citizens justly raised their voices against the GERB status quo, almost no one realised that in two years’ time, instead of living in the longed-for democracy, they would face the […]

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