Election

The “Good”, the “Bad” and the “Ugly”.  Anti-establishment populism and the Slovak presidential election

On March 30, Zuzana Čaputová defeated Maroš Šefčovič in the second round of the Slovak presidential election. It looks like an important victory for those who want a “European” and socially liberal Slovakia - regardless of the fact that the country is a parliamentary republic with limited powers for the president. But the presidential race has also revealed more troubling aspects of Slovak politics, and exposed deep divisions within the Slovak society.

By Aliaksei Kazharski No Comments on  Anti-establishment populism and the Slovak presidential election

Elections in Estonia: Winner Sidelined in Coalition Talks

Immediate reactions to the election results focused largely on the triumph of EKRE which nearly tripled its number of mandates. EKRE holding nearly a fifth of the Riigikogu seats ushers in a new era in Estonian politics where the populist far-right is a force to be reckoned with.

By Piret Ehin No Comments on Elections in Estonia: Winner Sidelined in Coalition Talks

Elections in Moldova: preservation of status-quo

Regardless of what shape the future government will take, there is no doubt that it will remain under the control of Vlad Plahotniuc and Igor Dodon. This in turn means further deterioration of Moldova's relations with its Western partners, lack of structural reforms and deepening social collapse.

By Kamil Calus No Comments on Elections in Moldova: preservation of status-quo

REGIME STRATEGY FOR ELECTORAL VICTORY IN SERBIA EXAMPLE FROM LOCAL ELECTION in Lučani

The elections in Lučani took place in the time of an increasingly intense atmosphere in society. The debate between opposition parties and the regime does not exist, yet there is an aggressive exchange in the media. The violence took to the streets when an opposition leader was brutally beaten just before the opposition rally.

By Radoš Vidaković No Comments on REGIME STRATEGY FOR ELECTORAL VICTORY IN SERBIA

The Snap Parliamentary Elections of December 9, 2018 as Confirmation of the “Velvet Revolution” in Armenia

December 9, 2018 marked a historic day in Armenia’s modern era as people went to the voting stations for a snap parliamentary election. The result rendered a landslide victory (70.4%) to acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s My Step (Imkayl) coalition. The election was a consequence of the power shift which occurred nine months earlier in April 2018, during a popular uprising dubbed as the “Velvet Revolution”.

By Vahagn Avedian No Comments on The Snap Parliamentary Elections of December 9, 2018 as Confirmation of the “Velvet Revolution” in Armenia

French-born Woman Elected President of Georgia

Salomé Zourabichvili used to be a French diplomat, now, as Salome Zurabishvili, she has become the president of Georgia: it is like a fairytale - quite a success story!

By Hans Gunnar Adén No Comments on French-born Woman Elected President of Georgia

Revisiting Electoral Tactics in Belarus: Local Elections 2018

Lukashenka is not going to undermine or change electoral strategies that have worked well for sustaining the regime. But the regime will be employing other non-electoral strategies to hold on to its power. The established political system maintains a number of preemptive mechanisms that prevent public mobilization and collective action. The detention of independent journalists on the bogus charges of non-authorized access and the case against the chairman of the independent labor union, who is currently on trial, just confirm that the regime does not shy away from using selective prosecution when it is needed. Now, with the tightening control over the online space, Lukashenka wants to prevent any surprises such as the public mobilization against the infamous unemployment tax.

By Maryia Rohava No Comments on Revisiting Electoral Tactics in Belarus: Local Elections 2018

Polarization also grows in Sweden. On the Swedish upcoming elections 2018

Both the Alliance, the Red-Greens and the Sweden Democrats seek to profile themselves as the defenders of the welfare state, against the allegedly anti-welfare policies of the others. This rhetorical scramble has not, however, resulted in any deeper debate on the reach of the welfare state and the scope of solidarity. In Sweden as well as elsewhere, polarization proves a fertile ground for the deployment of alternative facts, fake news and propagandistic hyperbole.

By Carl Marklund No Comments on Polarization also grows in Sweden. On the Swedish upcoming elections 2018

Elections in Montenegro: Balkans’ longstanding ruler is back

Now he has the possibility to prove his true political colours. A political survivor and strongman like Mr Djukanović, controlling power on all levels, need to be serious when continuing democratic reforms, otherwise he will be ever more accused of trying to build a (semi-) authoritarian platform like so many other Balkan leaders before him.

By Jessica Giandomenico No Comments on Elections in Montenegro: Balkans’ longstanding ruler is back

Hungarian Election 2018. Nationalist rhetoric and foreign capital keep Fidesz-KDNP strong

Among decided voters, the overwhelming popularity of Fidesz-KDNP has been rather stable since 2015. The opposition tried to push topics other than migration - such as healthcare - that are still important to Hungarian voters, and where real progress during the past eight years of Fidesz-KDNP rule is questionable at best. Nevertheless the winner of the elections is the governing coalition of Fidesz-KDNP. Oppositionist leaders and candidates, including several (re)gaining their mandate in parliament, have been resigning one after another or plan to do so very soon.

By Péter Balogh No Comments on Hungarian Election 2018. Nationalist rhetoric and foreign capital keep Fidesz-KDNP strong