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Anti-government protests enter the parliament

By Kristian Vigenin / 9 April, 2021

Parliamentary elections took place in Bulgaria on 4 April. They were marked by the Covid-19 pandemic not only because of the additional precautionary measures taken in the polling stations on the election day but also because of the third wave of increasing infections and hospitalisations during the campaign period. This […]

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The Bulgarian parliamentary elections of 4 April and the quest for a new social contract

By Georgi Pirinski / 9 April, 2021

The big winners of the 2021 parliamentary election in Bulgarian were three new parties, that will now enterparliament and that had championed last summer’s “Things Can’t Go on Like This” protests. The ‘systemic’ parties were punished, with prime minister Borissov’s GERB taking first place but with insufficient votes to form […]

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Bulgarian elections 2021: shattered status quo and the need to revive the left

By Teodor Slavev / 9 April, 2021

Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 crisis, Bulgarians have firmly proved they want a political change by electing six parties to the National Assembly. Corruption, fear and protests influenced the election results on 4 April and cast a shadow over the prospects of a stable government. In the summer of […]

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Dutch elections 2021: no recovery of Social Democracy!

By Hans Keman / 23 March, 2021

All left-wing parties experience a dramatic loss of votes in the recent elections in the Netherlands. The Labour Party did not lose votes but remain at their all-time low. Short-term reasons explain in part the poor performance. But long-term factors explain why Social Democracy will remain in dire straits. In […]

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Anti-corruption as an electoral strategy in Romania’s 2020 elections

By Valentin Quintus Nicolescu / 19 January, 2021

The number one topic of the Romanian parliamentary elections in December 2020 was not, as one might have thought, the public health issues raised by the raging Covid-19 pandemic, but the fight against corruption. Both the National Liberals and the Save Romania Union (USR), along with the newly formed Alliance […]

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No favourable winds for Brussels

By Uwe Optenhögel / 8 December, 2017

Brussels would have preferred a continuation of the grand coalition after the German elections.

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Portugal’s left wing coalition government is delivering stability and growth

By Ana Catarina Mendes / 23 November, 2017

Stability and growth : a clear victory of Portugal’s political alternative over the dominant negative outlook in the European Union

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Portugal’s left wing coalition shows the way forward for Progressives

By Maria Freitas / 23 November, 2017

Breaking away from austerity is feasible and progressive policies are conducive to economic growth.

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Portugal’s left-wing success story

By Pedro Nuno Santos / 23 November, 2017

It was therefore a historical and communication challenge that had to be surpassed in order to build bridges between all the left wing parties.

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German Elections: Why did the Progressives fare badly and why did the AfD do so well?

By Christian Odendahl / 7 November, 2017

Why the AfD has been so successful ?

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