Poland  25/11/10

Municipal Elections Strengthen Poland’s Governing PO Party

Poland held the first round of municipal elections on November 21. Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s Civic Platform (PO) gained a stronger mandate to rule, while the strongest opposition party, former Prim...
Poland  23/11/10

Tusk’s Tightrope Walk Brings Political Payoff in Local Vote

Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s Civic Platform (PO) has emerged from the first round of Poland’s municipal elections with a stronger mandate to rule....
Kuwait  16/11/10

MPs demand minister's resignation over 'meat scandal'

Tensions in Kuwait continue to mount as opposition MPs call for questioning the Minister of Municipalities....
Hungary  08/11/10

Half-success: Budget deficit aims 3%

Key Political Trends: Half-success: Budget deficit aims 3%; Restricting the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court; Ferenc Gyurcsány’s two-front battle against Fidesz and the MSZP leadership...
Bahrain  02/11/10

Bahrain elections see Shiites gain; boycott fails

The mainstream Shiite opposition party in Bahrain came out as the biggest winner in the elections, after an attempted boycott by the extreme Shiite group largely failed....
Hungary  28/10/10

Constitutional Court Curtailed: Good news for fiscal balance, bad for democracy

Hungary’s governing Fidesz party initiated an unprecedented effort October 26 to strip the Constitutional Court – Hungary’s final authority on legislative questions – of a number of powers....
Kuwait  18/10/10

Tensions between government and parliament rise in Kuwait

Political tensions are rising in Kuwait as MPs threaten to question senior government ministers and implying corruption....
Hungary  05/10/10

New, old foes were not up to the task

Fidesz, the party that scooped up 68 per cent of the seats in Hungary’s Parliament last April, has done it again....
Hungary  04/10/10

Hungary’s Local Elections: Fidesz Clobbers Opponents

Fidesz, which leads the strongest government since 1990, has reached all of its political goals by extending its power over most municipalities....
Bulgaria  01/10/10

Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov Faces First Vote of No Confidence in Parliament

Bulgaria’s opposition today filed its first motion of no confidence against Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his GERB party over the administration’s handling of healthcare policy. ...
Kuwait  01/10/10

Interior minister finally attends panel probe; Education minister under fire

Increasing tensions between the Kuwaiti interior minister and education minister with parliamentary opposition appears to be heading towards a confrontation....
Bahrain  20/09/10

Protests in Bahrain as Shiites continue demonstrations against regime

Tensions continue to rise in Bahrain as local Shiites continue their demonstration against the government’s detention of leading Shiite activists in the run-up to the parliamentary elections....
Bahrain  03/09/10

Arrests of Shiite leaders spark riots

Bahrain has arrested four leading Shiite activists and riots have been reported all over the country, in predominantly Shiite areas. The government imposed a media ban....
Yemen  03/09/10

Al Qaeda threat surges as government declares emergency

Fighting between Al Qaeda and the Yemeni government has escalated to levels not seen before. The government publically acknowledged that the Al Qaeda threat is now country-wide....
Slovakia  11/08/10

Smer: stronger in opposition

In most countries, election winners enjoy a protracted period of public support immediately after taking office (the “post-election bandwagon effect”). Slovakia’s new government has had no such luck....
Kuwait  02/08/10

Opposition criticize Prime Minister’s visit to Latin America

Kuwait appears to be heading towards a serious political confrontation after leading opposition MP questions a trip by the prime minister to Latin America....
Hungary  20/07/10

IMF Casts Doubt on Hungary’s Fiscal Strategy

Although Hungary currently has no urgent need for outside financing, the IMF loan served as a safety net should the country find itself in a tight spot....
Kuwait  01/07/10

Drama in Kuwaiti parliament

Fierce debate in the Kuwaiti parliament is likely to spill into major crises after the summer recess....
Slovakia  15/06/10

The Winner Loses All - The Consequences of the Slovak Elections

The next government will probably be formed by four center-right parties: The SDKÚ, the KDH, the SaS and Híd-Most. However, the coalition will be fragile and its majority will be paper-thin. ...
Czech Republic  02/06/10

Major lessons of elections in the Czech Republic

While the formation of a minority government cannot be ruled out, a three-party right-wing coalition led by Petr Nečas is a more likely scenario....

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