Belarus Parliamentary Elections 2016. Something Old Something New

The European willingness to interact with Belarus at any cost and Lukashenko’s interest in maintaining such interaction can be, and has become already to some extent, some kind of window of opportunity. Even though it does not change the fact that political decision making is only conducted top-down, as such completely inaccessible not only for the general public but for the house of representatives as well this new ‘thaw’ is seemingly bringing with it some more room for maneuvering.

By Ulyana Kaposhka and Sofie Bedford Inga kommentarer till Belarus Parliamentary Elections 2016.

The 2016 Russian elections. postponing the future

The outcome of the 2016 Duma elections further consolidates the Russian authoritarian system. The changes in the electoral legislation resulting in the reintroduction of the mixed voting system could, in theory, have helped open up the system to other parties. This did not prove to be the case, however, as it instead favoured Putin’s current constellation of power.

By Lena Jonson Inga kommentarer till The 2016 Russian elections.


On October 2 at the upcoming Hungarian referendum voters are expected to give a “yes” or “no” answer to the following question: “Do you want to allow the European Union to mandate the obligatory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary without the approval of [the Hungarian] Parliament?”


Elections in Serbia April 2016. The game that backfired

With the democratic opposition from the early 1990’s decimated, the return of right wing nationalism as a political force, and a third pro-reform party entering Parliament, it is obvious that the opposition is divided.

By Jessica Giandomenico Inga kommentarer till Elections in Serbia April 2016.

Slovak Parliamentary Election. From 1998 Revolution 2.0 to Fico III

When the media informed about an unexpectedly high electoral turnout shortly after the election, no one still had any idea just how surprising the results of the Slovak general election would be.

By Michal Smrek Inga kommentarer till From 1998 Revolution 2.0 to Fico III

Croatian Parliamentary Elections 2015. In Search of a Bridge Over Trouble Water

While the ongoing ideological struggle between the right-wing parties in government and the center-left opposition is in full swing, Croatia continues to face an adverse economic climate and an unresolved problem with its neighbors regarding the issue of migrant and refugee movements on the way to northern Europe. It is far from certain that MOST will be able to act as the bridge over troubled waters that it framed itself as during the election campaign.

By Roland Kostić Inga kommentarer till In Search of a Bridge Over Trouble Water

The result of Azerbaijani parliamentary elections. Dominance of the ruling party under uncertainty

At the moment, there are virtually no signs or signals from the Government of Azerbaijan pointing toward democratic reforms. All international criticism is brushed away as propaganda and the government actively promotes ideas to undermine an international political order where it is regarded as a deviant country lacking respect for the rights of its own citizens.

By Faradj Koliev Inga kommentarer till The result of Azerbaijani parliamentary elections.

Presidential Elections in Belarus. Ascribing Meaning to a Pre-Determined Outcome

On 11 October 2015, Belarus held presidential elections for the fifth time since independence from the USSR in 1991. The outcome was never in doubt: it was clear from the outset that the incumbent, Aliaksandr Lukashenka, would be re-elected. The real questions surrounding the election related to what processes would be triggered in the aftermath of the election. Time will tell whether the political theater of the presidential elections will succeed in helping Lukashenka avoid the further clientization of Belarus to Russia.

By Matthew Kott Inga kommentarer till Ascribing Meaning to a Pre-Determined Outcome

Elections in Poland Landslide victory for value conservative politicians

in October, the parliamentary elections took place and PiS got a landslide victory and a singlehanded majority in both chamber of the Polish parliament, the Lower House Sejm and the Upper House Senate. Polish and foreign press alike have been alarmed of the election results in Poland. PiS's main policy concerns are domestic and Polish politicians have long been more value conservative than society at large.

By Jaakko Turunen 1 kommentar till Landslide victory for value conservative politicians

Kyrgyzstan parliamentary elections 2015. Party platforms and party loyalties will continue to be volatile

The political landscape in the parliament has changed quite drastically due to party mergers and the appearance of three new parties which made it over the threshold. And although SDPK increased their share of the votes, they’re still far from being able to form a single party government.

By Henrik Ohlsson Inga kommentarer till Kyrgyzstan parliamentary elections 2015.