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Three-party coalition government in Finland

by Kristofer Jäntti After brief negotiations, the Centre Party Chief Juha Sipilä, finally announced the composition for the Finnish government. The government will be formed by the three largest parties: The Centre Party, the Finns Party and the National Coalition Party. This coalition boots the Social Democrats and Christian Democrats into opposition as well as ends […]

Centre Party destined to win Finnish Parliamentary elections

by Kristofer Jäntti The Finns will be choosing a new government in the upcoming parliamentary elections this Sunday. The most recent polls show that the Centre Party will become the largest part with 24% of the vote, securing itself the Prime Minister’s portfolio as dictated by Finnish political convention. Behind the Centre Party, there is a […]

Poland – Incumbent president Komorowski clear favourite as presidential campaign takes off

by Philipp Köker Poland will hold presidential elections on 10 May 2015. Until now 12 candidates have declared their intention to stand, yet until now the campaign has been rather slow. The main reason for this is the fact that only incumbent president Komorowski appears to be able to win the election – possibly even in the first […]

Perceptions of Democracy: Youth Participation Outside the Ballot Box, Yerevan, Armenia, 2014

by Kerli Kirsimaa From November 5th to 12th  2014 a group of international young people from countries such as Ukraine, Georgia, Romania, the Neherlands, Denmark, Germany, France, Bosnia, Estonia and Moldova, took part in a training course called ‘Youth Participation Outside the Ballot Box’, A project organized by Danish organization of Support Initiative for Liberty and […]

DEBATTE Conference: ‘Crisis and Resistance in Central and Eastern Europe’ 22-23 November 2014, Warsaw, Poland

by Iulius-Cezar Macarie Since the collapse of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) twenty-five years ago, Europe has seen periods of social unrest and economic crisis coupled with revolts against austerity plans.  Social resistance has been growing across the CEE against the neo-liberal economic model with its disastrous effects on the national economies of the […]

One Baltic Sea Region – Possibility or Dream?

A review of the One BSR final conference in Helsinki ’The Region is chasing a Phantom’ Anthony Jay, Council of the Baltic Sea States by Kerli Kirsimaa The closing event of the One Baltic Sea Region Project[1], a two-year venture as part of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, was held on 4th […]

Democracy in a clergyman’s attire? Gender and Catholicism in Poland

by Hannah Phillips ‘In times of oppression the struggle for independence is considered a serious matter, and the fight for women’s rights is not… It took some time before I realized that democracy in Poland has a masculine gender’ – Marion Janion (Conference of Polish Women, 2009) Last month, in defiance of Poland’s Conservative Catholic right, Poland’s […]

Smoking in Russia – rationale for action

Russia’s controversial involvement in the Ukrainian crisis in the last months has been labeled by many commentators as an attempt to take the attention of the Russian public away from the mounting internal problems of the country. One of the most serious of these problems has been since the last few decades the catastrophic health […]

A sour experience with the West – the Ukrainian minority in interwar Poland

by Hannah Phillips Many Western observers have framed the ongoing protests in Kiev as a desperate call of the Ukrainian people to their government to focus its efforts on working towards membership in the European Union. While this narrative has been criticised by scholars for its attempt to oversimplify the motivations of the numerous groups […]

Poland’s troubled Independence Day – a stumbling block to democratisation?

by Mateusz Zatoński This article was originally published in ‘Strife’ King’s College London postgraduate blog. See the original post at http://bit.ly/1hGa3EF. Each nation celebrates key dates in history its own way. On the Fourth of July, Americans gather at hot-dog eating contests and firework displays. Britain’s Remembrance Day is a more solemn affair, with the omnipresent […]

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