Hungary – Orbán Tests EU’s Patience

The conservative populist government made up of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz and its tiny ally, the KDNP, remains remarkably stable, despite growing tensions in Hungary’s relationship with the EU. Although the latest battle stems from the Orbán government’s rejection of the EU’s Read Entire Entry

Libya – Balance of Power Shifts in Haftar’s Favor

As the mandate of the UN-backed government in Tripoli approaches its expiration date at the end of the year, pressure is building for Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and the GNA to negotiate a political truce with the rival administration in Tobruk that clears the way to hold elections for a unified Read Entire Entry

Italy – Electoral Law Puts M5S at a Disadvantage

The main governing PD has been preoccupied for the past several months with passing a new electoral law in advance of a general election required by May 2018. The Parliament recently approved the so-called “Rosatellum” law, under which parties will be permitted to form alliances prior to the Read Entire Entry

Germany – Majority May Prove Elusive

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the CSU, finished on top at the parliamentary elections held on September 22,  but suffered a net loss of 65 seats, reducing its total to 246. The center-left SPD, the junior partner in the outgoing grand coalition Read Entire Entry

Jamaica – Tough Fiscal-policy Choices Remain

Despite controlling a bare one-seat majority in the 63-member National Assembly, the JLP government headed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness faces little immediate threat to its hold on power. There are no signs of disunity within the governing party’s parliamentary group, and Peter Phillips, the Read Entire Entry