Portugal – Minority Regime’s Viability Uncertain

A coalition of the incumbent center-right PSD and the conservative PP fell short of winning a majority of seats at a parliamentary election held on October 4, and Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho failed to garner sufficient support to secure confirmation of a minority administration. As a result, Read Entire Entry

Nicaragua – Canal Project Put on Hold

An audacious and highly controversial canal project promoted by President Daniel Ortega as an economic game-changer for Nicaragua has hit a snag, and the unexplained announcement of a delay in the startup of substantive construction until late 2016 suggests that the future of the $50 billion Read Entire Entry

United Kingdom – EU Vote May Test Tory Unity

Prime Minister David Cameron’s center-right Conservative Party was strengthened at the last general election in May 2015, when it gained a 12-seat majority that all but ensures that the current government will remain in power until the expiration of its five-year mandate in 2020. No longer Read Entire Entry

Poland – Populist Party Wins Strong Mandate

The parliamentary elections held on October 25 produced a resounding victory for the socially conservative and nationalist-populist PiS, which achieved the notable distinction of becoming the first party to win an outright majority in the 460-seat Parliament since the end of Communist rule in 1989, Read Entire Entry