A year after a series of protests ended with the ousting of the Social Democratic Party-led government, the party reemerges as the dominant political force in Romania. Titus Udrea analyses the latest Romanian election and its ensuing developments that have led Romania on the brink of political crisis.
When the Polish parliament accepted to vote on the law introducing further restrictions on the existing abortion regulations, women (and men) dressed black, took their umbrellas and joined the protests in early October this year. Monika Rogowska-Stangret analyses the protests and raises the question of how far have the protests been successful.
In Ungarn hat sich seit 2010 keine starke linke Alternative zur dominierenden rechten Politik entwickelt. Es sind aber neue politische Bewegungen entstanden oder frühere reaktiviert worden, die sich gegen Fidesz positionieren. Prof. Dr. Máté Szabó gibt einen Überblick über diese Proteste, die ein facettenreiches Bild im vermeintlich wenig pluralistischen Ungarn zeigen.
In regard to the latest developments in Romania, the country has experienced visible protest movements since 2013. At the beginning of July 2016, local elections were held. Tina Olteanu argues that those elections are not only a test for the upcoming parliamentary elections at the end of this year. They are also an indicator where voters in general and the protest movement(s) in Romania are heading.
Kosovo’s Parliament is blocked with tear gas for now four months. This blog entry discusses how the current events manifest a larger political elite crisis in the country by describing important events, past or upcoming, governance performance and positions and strategies of the major parties.
From January 2012 until December 2015, Romania faced the most important social movements since the fall of the communist regime. This article represents an overview of the main street protests which marked the rise of a consistent and powerful civil society.