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German parties will form new governing grand coalition

Nearly six months on from last year’s national elections, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will finally form a new government with a parliamentary mandate, after Social Democrat party members agreed to … Continue reading

March 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Germans might try minority government for a while

Government-formation negotiations flowing from September’s national Bundestag election in Germany is proving difficult, with talks over a three-party coalition collapsing earlier this month. Current Chancellor Angela Merkel had been seeking … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

New Zealand to have new centre-left government

A new, three-party government will be formed in New Zealand after balance-of-power party New Zealand First chose to side with the opposition Labour Party rather than the governing National Party. … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Elections highlight role of PR in coalition-building

Overnight election results in Austria and the north German state of Lower Saxony have highlighted the impact of proportional representation systems in forcing political parties to form joint governments. Voting … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dutch, Germans, Kiwis edge towards governments

Government formation in nations using party list proportional representation is proceeding at very different rates in three countries which held elections during 2017. The Dutch, which held their parliamentary elections … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

Germans elect complex six-party parliament

Angela Merkel will remain as Chancellor of Germany, but Sunday’s Bundestag elections have seen a historically strong result for the nation’s minor political parties. The combined popular vote share of … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

New Zealand parties will need to negotiate coalition government

As usual, New Zealand’s new Parliament will not produce a majority government, after the incumbent National Party fell backwards slightly at yesterday’s election. The choice of government will largely lie … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Irish Unionists are nervous as vote patterns shift

The UK government stumbling towards a political accomodation with the Irish unionist DUP party comes at a time of increasing edginess for the unionist movement. Voters in both the Republic … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lack of compromise training may hurt English Conservatives

English Tory politicians may rue the fact that decades of devotion to the first-part-the-post system leaves them untrained in the art of multi-party compromise. After Thursday’s shock election result, a … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Canadian conservatives weight members’ votes in choosing new leader

On Sunday the Conservative Party of Canada elected its new national Leader, using a highly unusual weighted preferential voting system which gave heartland party supporters relatively low vote weights. Members … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · 4 Comments