All eyes on Ukraine? Slovakia’s troubled neighbour in light of regional elections

Posted on 27. October 2015 by Zuzana Novakova Ukraine’s regional elections on 25 October come within complex conditions, hardly imaginable some two years ago at the outbreak of the “Euromaidan” protests in Ukraine. Next Sunday’s vote catches the country conflict-torn and its population struggling amid socio-economic difficulties. The controversies surrounding the elections are indicative of much … Continue reading All eyes on Ukraine? Slovakia’s troubled neighbour in light of regional elections

Five myths on low voter turnout at European elections in post-communist countries

Posted on 10. July 2015 by Veronika Sobolova The voter turnout for the European Parliament elections have been decreasing steadily since the very first EP elections in 1979. This trend persists in spite of the large transfer of competencies to the European Parliament, which gave it a more significant position within the complex system of inter-institutional … Continue reading Five myths on low voter turnout at European elections in post-communist countries

General Elections in Turkey: Where is the EU?

Posted on 29. May 2015 by Efehan Danisman On 7 June 2015 Turkey will hold its 2015 general election to elect the 550 members of the Grand National Assembly. The results will inevitably have an impact on Turkey-EU relations. There are a number of formidable issues standing in the way of Turkey and the EU making … Continue reading General Elections in Turkey: Where is the EU?

The winds of change are blowing in Spain

Posted on 22. May 2015 by Marta Remacha Recio Next Sunday, on 24 May, Spain will hold its municipal and regional elections to elect the members of all the city councils and of 13 of the 17 regional councils. Although local elections are normally seen as less important than national ones, we, Spanish citizens, are excited about … Continue reading The winds of change are blowing in Spain

A shift in Scandinavia’s open societies?

Posted on 20. April 2015 by Noora Löfström Around the world, Scandinavia is often portrayed as a role model: the welfare system, close to gender equality, no corruption, good quality of school systems and safe and secure environments. Openness and transparency shape the Nordic societies. You could think that being born in Northern Europe was like … Continue reading A shift in Scandinavia’s open societies?