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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 […]

Crossing the Baltic’s Survey: Baltic Sea Region – Phantom or Reality?

What is the Baltic Sea Region? How can we best define it? Does the region actually exist or is it just a spatial construct? And is there a common Baltic Sea Region identity? These are just a few examples of questions that occur again and again as part any discussion about the Baltic Sea Region. […]

Losing Riga – losing Latvia?

by Licia Cianetti On 1st June the residents of Riga went to the polls to elect a new City Council. The election came after four years under mayor Nils Ušakovs, the first ethnic Russian to lead an administration in the capital. Ušakovs secured another victory for his moderate Russophone ethnic party, Harmony Centre, and kept […]

The Finnish Far Right Part 2: The Rise of the (True) Finns

In February we published the first part of this 2-part on the rise of the far right and populist parties in Finland. In the first part of the series our author Kristofer Jäntti focused on the rise of the Lapua movement. Now he examines the rise of the populist Finns party. History After the IKL […]

Putinism – An Ideology?

by Anna-Cara Keim Putinism is an expression widely used to describe the ruling style of Russia’s current president Vladimir Putin. This ruling style has been described as a guided democracy with a carefully managed economy resembling the rent-seeking oil economies of the Persian Gulf. Moreover, gas and energy have also become Russia’s defining foreign policy […]

The Finnish Far Right Part 1: The Lapua Movement

by Kristofer Jäntti Introduction to the Series ‘A spectre is haunting Europe, the spectre of Populism’. Since the 1980’s Europe seems to be in the grips of a ‘populist zeitgeist’. It manifests itself in the success of organisations such as Jean Marie Le Pen’s Front National in France or Geert Wilder’s Party of Freedom in […]

A (Polish) History of Violence: The Difficulties of Advancing Women’s Rights in the 21st Century

by Adrianna Minta This April, a fresh controversy related to gender politics took Polish media by storm. Jarosław Gowin, Poland’s current minister of justice and a Civic Platform politician, stated loud and proud that he would vehemently oppose the signing and ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women […]

An Unbearable Weight: Are We Looking Ahead to Twelve Years of Putin?

by Paolo Sorbello Vladimir Vladimirovich was used to obey. During his secret service years, he responded with martial accuracy to commands coming from the Kremlin. However, in the past twelve years, he had to learn to rule the Russian Federation from the driver’s seat. In fact, ever since the very last hours of the Nineteen-hundreds […]

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