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Andrei Tuch says that although voter apathy in the European elections is not a bug but a feature, it is still useful to try to persuade voters to participate and your vote truly counts. I share his views, even if reports from the member states do not seem to underpin our feelings.

Posted by Dániel Antal

Twenty-one political parties have intended to run for the Hungarian MEP seats, eight parties have qualified with collecting 20 thousand signed recommendations from the electorate. The qualification for the EP elections is easier than for the national elections. The failed parties are failed politicians groups or people that the vast majority treats as lunatics.

Posted by Dániel Antal

Republic of Moldova feels Romanian CC Klearchos Kapoutsis As protests are widespread in Moldova after the elections, where the pragmatic, pro-EU Communist Party [sic!] won a comfortable majority, the question lingers again about Moldova identity. Despite the efforts of the elite in Europe’s poorest, former Soviet state, many Romanians claim a part of the country… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Overall, Central and Eastern Europe is very strongly hit in the current economic crisis that had divided the European Union as well. In some countries, which are in a nation-building state, candidates have expressed unfaltering support for nationalistic parties. In the more established countries, such as the Czech Republic or Hungary, the political elite is divided among ideological, not ethnic or nationalistic lines, and the political elite is in a deep crisis.

Posted by Dániel Antal

Ivan Gasparovic, the incumbent president has won the run-off in the Slovakian presidential elections. Mr Gasparovic is supported by the current government of the leftish-populist Smer and two small nationalist parties where the president had belonged. Iveta Radicova, the candidate of the right-wing opposition and the Hungarian minortiy has lost 55,5% – 44.5%. The presidents… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The economic and political crisis looms in Central Europe: Mirek Topolanek’s minority right-wing, and Ferenc Gyurcsány’s minority left-wing government failed this week. Although many would prefer a continouity in the government and later elections in both countries, the major opposition parties are eager to regain control of the their respective countries, probably because the deep economic and political crisis offers a chance of real change. It is likely that both countries will have a joint national and EP election campaign.

Posted by Dániel Antal

Macedonians headed to the polls on Sunday to choose the country’s president from seven candidates and 84 mayors from 365 candidates, and members of the local councils. The incumbent president, Branko Crvenkovski did not run for re-election. Gjorgje Ivanov, the candidate of the strongest party in the Macedonian parliament, VMRO-DPMNE, won the first round of… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

As expected, the least colorful incumbent president in the Visegrad Group, Ivan Gašparovi? has won the first round of Slovakia’s presidential elections. Iveta Radi?ová, the leading oppositon candiadate has collected enough votes to force him to a run-off. Gašparovi? was first elected to the presidency in 2004, when he unexpectedly made it to the runoff… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal