2015: a year in elections – old trends and new challenges. A fresh look by young Europeans

22. January 2016

futurelab-europe_2015-a-year-in-elections-_-old-trends-and-new-challenges2015 had been hailed by many observers as the year during which voters would finally decide if the EU would survive. In recent years, several elements piled up suggesting the erosion of democracy in Europe: low turn-out in the elections, growing dissatisfaction of citizens against the establishment, low participation in civil society movements and recent constitutional changes in countries like Hungary. Several of these elements continued and in some cases further consolidated throughout 2015.

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Portugal: how an unexciting election produced a surprising political earthquake

21. January 2016 by Pedro Ponte e Sousa & Henrique Tereno

pedro-ponte-e-sousahenrique-terenoOn October 4th, 2015, the Portuguese people went to the polls to vote at the Portuguese parliamentary elections. At the end of the day, according to the data given by the Ministry of Homeland Affairs, 56% of the Portuguese people voted and the right-wing parties, in a coalition entitled “Portugal à Frente” [Portugal Ahead] formed by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Social Democratic Centre – People’s Party (CDS-PP) led by Pedro Passos Coelho, the Portuguese Prime Minister since 2011, won the elections with 37% of the votes.

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20th December: A turning point in Spanish modern democracy?

15. December 2015 by Germán Jiménez Montes

Germán Jiménez MontesThe constitutional monarchy, which was built after Franco’s death in 1975, was consolidated thanks to the alternation in governments led by the social democratic Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE) or the conservative Partido Popular (PP). However, the sudden rise of two non-parliamentary parties, Podemos and Ciudadanos, is threatening this incontestable dominance of the two major Spanish parties. The breakdown of this political status-quo will be one of the main consequences of the never-ending 2007 crisis; and the next parliamentary elections on 20 December will mark the beginning of a new era in Spanish democracy. A Second Transition?

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Recent EU-Turkey agenda on Turkey-related political issues

Posted on 17. November 2015 by Sadik Tabar Within the last month, Turkey has been going through a quite arduous and lopsided political period: first German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Istanbul, then snap parliamentary elections, the delayed European Commission Annual Progress Report on Turkey and finally Turkey’s upcoming G-20 presidency. There are two key issues … Continue reading Recent EU-Turkey agenda on Turkey-related political issues

Poland: Eurosceptics take over

Posted on 04. November 2015 by Hanna Pienczykowska The national-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party’s victory in the recent Polish parliamentary elections was no surprise, and came in spite of the Christian Democrat Civic Platform (PO) government’s implementation of the EU financial programmes; continuous economic growth during its eight years in power; and successfully cultivating an … Continue reading Poland: Eurosceptics take over