Yellow Squares, Green Circles? Germany’s Coalition Kingmakers

Esther Brown and Marius S. Ostrowski After four successive election victories by outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, this year’s German election has created a political situation marked by an unfamiliar degree of uncertainty. What is clear from the results so far is that there are four parties in the running to form the next government: the…

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Bulgarian politics

Bulgaria faces prospect of third parliamentary election as uncertainty dominates Bulgaria appears to be heading for a third general election in a matter of months, after the second inconclusive parliamentary contest of the year, held on Sunday 11 July. The result, however, does seem to confirm the end of the Boiko Borissov era and will…

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The numbers behind the local elections

The May 2021 local elections: an analysis of vote-switching, polling and recent history Opposition parties tend to do well in local government elections so May’s set of results, where Labour lost over 300 council seats along with the Hartlepool by-election, were a disappointment. More recent polling has not been encouraging either – the Conservatives are…

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US Democratic Party Consensus on Israel

Biden’s Progressive Agenda Blown off Course? The Biden Administration came to power on January 20, 2021, with huge challenges not least of which were tackling the Covid-19 crisis and its related economic impact.  From a progressive perspective, Biden has been enormously successful in pursuing a raft of policies many of his more reluctant supporters on…

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Brazil’s path to illiberal populism

COVID-19 might strengthen the shift towards illiberal populism underway in Brazil The period between 1974 to 2005 was marked by an increasing number of states becoming democratic for the first time. However, from around 2006 this scenario began to change, with a movement away from democratic principles in many countries that persists until now. In…

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