What Drives the Center Right’s Electoral Success?

January 20, 2020

The 2008 economic crisis hit a number of European Union countries like a storm, with widespread patterns of electoral volatility and bad news for governing parties on both the left and right of the political spectrum. A central dimension of political competition in a number of EU countries was...

Following Russia Would Lead Europe Back to 1914

May 24, 2019

Vladimir Putin’s divide-and-conquer strategy has attracted a dyspeptic band of right-wing populists, euroskeptics and neo-Nazis, who will likely capture a large share in the European Parliament elections this week. Europe is voting in the much-anticipated elections this week to elect a new...

How Will Slovakia Vote in the European Elections?

May 24, 2019

Is there any hope that the European elections will bring positive change for Slovakians? This year marks the 15th anniversary of Slovakia’s accession to the European Union. But in Svidník, only a few people bother. Located in the northeast, Svidník is the main city of one of the poorest...

A Fifth Act for the Fifth Republic

May 11, 2017

France offers us an unfolding drama with a cast of thousands. On May 7, nearly two-thirds of French voters boldly elected Emmanuel Macron president for the next five years. Or should I say two-thirds of French voters bravely refused to consider electing the representative of something that is...

How Will Emmanuel Macron Govern?

May 08, 2017

France breathes a sigh of relief after Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the presidential election. Former banker and Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron emerged victorious over Marine Le Pen in the second round of the 2017 French presidential elections on May 7. Unknown two years ago and never...

How France’s Far-Left Candidate Turned From No-Hoper to Contender

April 19, 2017

Jean-Luc Mélenchon's transformation since the 2012 election makes him a more appealing candidate. For the past two weeks, France’s dramatic election campaign has been shaken by the surge in the polls of left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The election, which until recently had looked...

These Are the Elections That Will Decide Europe’s Fate

April 03, 2017

While France teeters on the brink of the far right, left parties elsewhere are showing surprising strength. Going in to the recent elections in the Netherlands, the mainstream story seemed lifted from William Butler Yeats’ poem, The Second Coming: “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold...