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Hungary: Coronavirus and Orban’s Power Play

For Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, the coronavirus pandemic is another opportunity to pursue his approach of power politics in a democracy, that is increasingly at odds with the EU’s values.

Europe Politics

Kosovo: Government toppled over Coronavirus

On 25 March the smaller party in Kosovo’s ruling coalition, the LDK, won a vote of no-confidence in the government of which it was a part.  The vote was initiated over the government’s handling of the coronavirus, but this was not the only reason that the government fell.

Europe Politics

Rise of Sinn Fein: Prospect of a United Ireland

The surprisingly strong showing of Sinn Fein, the left-leaning Irish republican party is yet another profound political development for the British Isles in the period since Brexit.

Europe Politics

Germany: Race for Merkel’s Succession

The dominance of the German people’s parties has waned considerably in recent years. Growing fragmentation in the political landscape and within parties has increased the risk of political instability. 

Europe Politics

Malta: Challenges for the new Prime Minister

Malta elected a new prime minister in January, Robert Abela of the Labour Party, and he has a daunting task ahead in trying to unify the country and uphold the rule of law.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Iraq: Protests and Reforms

Years of governmental neglect has driven Iraq’s Shiites to the streets, precipitating an ever-deepening crisis for Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s government.

Eurasia Politics

Russia Returns to the Council of Europe

On the 25th of June, the Council of Europe voted to reinstate Russia’s membership of the Parliamentary Assembly, the first case of sanctions against Russia being lifted since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Europe Politics

Italy: New coalition government takes charge

The far-left Five Star Movement and the centre-left Democratic Party formed a new coalition government to stave off the threat of a rapidly rising far-right. The new government is likely to boost market confidence and improve ties with the EU in the short run. However, the long-term viability of this partnership remains unclear.

Politics Under The Radar

Kyrgyzstan: Risk of a third revolution?

Notwithstanding the recent violent unrest in Kyrgyzstan, Atambayev’s saga is unlikely to lead to a violent overthrow of the government, which occurred in the country in 2005 and 2010.

Insights Politics

What does the future hold for Netanyahu?

This article will outline the problems faced by Netanyahu and assess his chances of surviving as Prime Minister in the next elections.