Croatian politics: a game played by many, won by the HDZ

photo of the outside of the Croatian parliament

The 2021 landslide victory in the Zagreb mayoral elections for Tomislav Tomašević was akin to a coronation for the ‘new’ progressive forces in Croatia. The green-left platform ‘Možemo!’ (We Can!) showed that they can reach out to a wide audience. At the same time, a world-renowned physicist, Ivica Puljak, won the mayoral race in Split,…

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Serbia in crisis: Can authoritarian trends be reversed?

Despite making progress in EU accession negotiations since 2014, Serbia is a country which has witnessed major democratic backsliding in recent years. Ever since Srpska napredna stranka (Serbian Progressive Party, SNS), led by Aleksandar Vučić, won an absolute majority of seats in the national parliament in 2014, the country entered a period of crisis in…

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Case of Outsourced Politics?

A voter behind a screen in Bosnia and Hezegovina's 2016 general election

The first essay in Progressive Britain’s new ‘Spotlight on the Western Balkans’ series. Following Bosnian politics can be a daunting task. The country is stuck in a vicious cycle that can make events appear repetitive without any clear possibility for change – at least without the intervention of external actors. For that reason, many of…

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Why “groundhog day” in the Western Balkans is bad news for Europe

Fort in the bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Milica Delevic introduces Progressive Britain’s new ‘Spotlight on the Western Balkans’ series. After having been a major focus throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the countries of the Western Balkans (that is to say, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) have largely dropped off the radar of international attention. Indeed,…

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Yellow Squares, Green Circles? Germany’s Coalition Kingmakers

Esther Brown and Marius S. Ostrowski After four successive election victories by outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, this year’s German election has created a political situation marked by an unfamiliar degree of uncertainty. What is clear from the results so far is that there are four parties in the running to form the next government: the…

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The Promise of the Biden Plan

In the third of a three part series, Alexander Perry considers the implications of the Biden presidency for climate action Click here to read the first part of this series, and here to read the second part. Calls for engagement with environmental issues have grown louder since climate science broke into the mainstream in the…

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Climate change and inequality

In the second of a three part series, Alexander Perry considers the implications of the Biden presidency for climate action For the previous article in this series, click here. As well as taking on fossil giants, the Biden administration will need to be receptive to the needs of communities that depend upon those giants for…

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Biden’s green agenda

In the first of a three part series, Alexander Perry considers the implications of the Biden presidency for climate action President Biden’s proposed environmental policies are some of the boldest in US history, and formed a conspicuous cornerstone of his election campaign. After initial criticism during the Democratic Party primaries that his proposed actions were…

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