The uncertain path of S&D: grand coalition or progressive alliance?

Despite its repeatedly announced opposition to join another government led by Angela Merkel’s CDU, German SPD recently softened its position on the matter and agreed to participate in the negotiations for another grand coalition. This also highlights the difficult situation the Social Democratic family is facing in Europe. On one hand, S&D parties are trying to shift to the left in order to recover the lost popular consensus, while on the other hand, the increasing political instability and rise of Euroscepticism often lead them to join grand-coalitions with center-right parties, as a way of breaking domestic political deadlocks. Continue Reading

Quale futuro per i partiti politici italiani? Comparazione tra i comportamenti di voto nel Parlamento italiano e quello europeo

Questo studio è il risultato di una ricerca comune di VoteWatch Europe e Elif Lab 

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In attesa dell’imminente voto sul referendum costituzionale, gli esperti stanno cercando di prevedere quali potrebbero essere gli sviluppi politici in caso di una vittoria del “no” e, quindi, di una sconfitta del Primo Ministro, Matteo Renzi. Continue Reading

What future for Italian political parties? Comparison of voting behaviour in the European and Italian Parliament

This study has been undertaken jointly by VoteWatch Europe and Elif Lab

 

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The Italian referendum on Constitutional reform is likely to reshape the politics of one EU’s biggest countries, whichever way the result goes. This will also have a substantial impact on Europe as a whole.

In the run-up to the Italian constitutional referendum, political observers are trying to forecast the potential developments in case of a defeat of the Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, in particular regarding the future alliances between Italian parties. Continue Reading