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After the last general elections in Poland, and more recently in Hungary, a new political landscape emerged. Yesterday the Czech Republic has joined the wave a change, ending an almost 20-years-long stalemate with two new parties. The proportional voting system propelled five parties into the lower house of the national assembly. The first two are… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Technically one question was still open after Hungary’s general election: will the new coalition, Fidesz and the Christian Democrats have at least two thirds of the MPs so that they can change constitutional laws and elect a new president smoothly. As Hungary has a mixed party list and single candidate system with runoffs, 57 seats were available today out of 386. As the Fidesz-KNDP alliance seems to have won another 54, they command a bigger majority than needed to change the constitution.

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Hungarian European and general election campaign has dramatically changed the country’s political landscape. Five images: Viktor Orbán announcing his victory; the Socialist Party buried under corruption charges; Jobbik, the new anti-establishment party; Green Party leaders seconds after learning that they first met the parliamentary threshold and MDF loosing its appeal on rational moderate voters.

Posted by Dániel Antal

Hungarian Elections 2010

The Hungarian elections in 2010 have completely changed the political landscape of the country and may result in thorough constitutional changes. The Hungarian party system, which had been the most stable since 1989 in Central Europe has changed dramatically with the entry of to new parties and the exit of two new ones. The anti-establishment… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Libertas Fails

Just for the record: despite the earlier hype, Libertas could not set foot on the continent and even failed in Ireland, and Central Europe is not fertile ground for them.The eurosceptic, anti-Lisbon movement that hoped to win 100 seats in the European Parliament, came up with a single “franchise” seat of Mouvement pour la France,… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

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

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

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