Election result: Albanian Parliament 2017

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama achieved his goal of an absolute majority in Sunday’s parliamentary election. With nearly all counting completed last night (Tuesday), his Socialist Party of Albania (PS) had secured 74 seats in the 140-strong Assembly, enabling him to wave goodbye to previous coalition partners the Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI). In Albania’s […]

Eurogroup deal fails to convince Greeks

This month’s agreement between Greece and its European creditors has failed to convince Greek voters and contributed to a further slide in the government’s poll ratings, according to last night’s University of Macedonia (Pamak) survey for Skai TV. At 15 per cent of voting intentions, down from 16.5 per cent, the left-wing Syriza administration slides […]

Election results: Italian communal elections 2017

Yesterday’s second round of voting in Italian communal elections saw significant gains for Centre Right coalitions within which Forza Italia and the Lega Nord (Northern League) played leading roles. Centre Left forces based around the Partito Democratico (PD) lost control of more than 30 towns and cities. ‘Civic Lists’, usually comprising local independent politicians, did […]

Macron honeymoon starts to fade

Less than a week after the second round of parliamentary elections that gave him a handsome majority, the first signs that new President Emmanuel Macron’s halo may be dimming appear in today’s monthly Tableau de Bord Politique from Ifop/Fiducial. Macron’s net approval rating has fallen sharply from an extraordinarily high +36 points in May to […]

Iceland’s Social Democrats make poll gains

Both of Iceland’s main polling organisations have now published their June surveys, and the generally calm picture they show is quite a contrast to the huge volatility of the last two years. That picture is quite similar between Gallup (for RUV) and MMR Market & Media Research: The ruling centre-right Independence Party, with around 25 […]

CDU, Die Linke, AfD all outperform in East

A triple set of state-level opinion polls has been released today by public broadcaster Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk covering national parliamentary voting intentions across three regions in the centre and south of East Germany. The results will be a delight for Chancellor Angela Merkel, with her Christian Democrat party (CDU) strongly outperforming already high nationwide scores of […]