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Eastern European Politics

🌊 How Hungary’s so-called child protection referendum was invalidated through a grassroots campaign

April 2, 2024

Slovakia risks heading back to the nineties

March 19, 2024

🌈 Getting paid to have children: Hungary’s ‘carefare’ regime

March 8, 2024

♟ The EU didn’t foresee autocratisation in Central and Eastern Europe – neither did political science

February 15, 2024

The far right is endangering Romania’s role as a strategic partner in Eastern Europe

November 28, 2023
October 26, 2023

Polish parliamentary elections are a win for civil society but change will take some time

Akudo McGee The results of the Polish parliamentary elections suggest that a coalition of the opposition will lead the next government. This is good news for civil society, which faced constant threats under the current Law and Justice (PiS) party. However, Akudo McGee warns that challenges still lie ahead for civil society Read more
September 27, 2023

Poland's polarisation: Kaczyński, Tusk, and the shifting conflict

Piotr Marczyński Neither Poland's government nor its opposition has a straightforward path toward an electoral majority. Meanwhile, personal conflict between Jarosław Kaczyński and Donald Tusk dominates the news cycle. Piotr Marczyński argues this configuration reflects the shallow roots of the Polish party system, with axes of polarisation gradually realigning along ideological lines Read more
August 22, 2023

Are repeat elections in Bulgaria a sign of democratic health or weakness?

George Kordas George Kordas argues that repeat elections can benefit democracy if democratic mechanisms function effectively, giving voice to people frustrated with the current system. But when, as in Bulgaria, elections produce paralysis, and old powers continue in office, this compromises citizens’ belief in democracy Read more
July 20, 2023

Romania’s far right could enter government after the 2024 parliamentary elections

Ivo Kesler Ivo Kesler argues that the emergence of the far-right populist Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR) reflects the contested legacy of legionarism and fascism in Romania. AUR is growing in popularity, and with parliamentary elections coming in 2024, the party constitutes a real threat to the mainstream Read more
July 4, 2023

🔮 How populist parties survive ‘mainstreaming’ once in power

Anca Turcu Populists thrive on being perceived as outsiders. This creates an incentive for mainstream governing populist parties to portray themselves as challengers to the establishment. Anca Turcu examines the tactics Hungary’s and Turkey’s governing populists employ to survive mainstreaming Read more

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