Posts tagged as elections

Snap elections in Riga would be better than two more years of torment

Monday, June 10, 2019

Honor to Serve Riga (GKR) party is ready for snap elections in the Latvian capital city and considers such a scenario to be better than “two more years of torment”, Riga vice mayor and GKR board member Olegs Burovs says in an interview published in today’s issue of Neatkariga. Commenting on his party’s relations with coalition partner Harmony, Burovs said that during the 2013 elections the two parties were like…

How to advance European security against Russia

By Stephen Blank on Monday, June 3, 2019

European security is much in the news today. Brexit, EU parliamentary elections, unresolved issues in the Balkans, Russia’s unremitting war on European integration and democracy, and Ukraine make it easy to surrender to pessimism about Europe. But this despair is unwarranted and antithetical to U.S. and European interests in democracy, integration and security. Moreover, there are mechanisms available through which European governments, institutions and the U.S. can advance their shared…

European elections: sex and religion dominate campaigning in Poland

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Campaigning in Poland for the European elections has descended into a war of words over religion, sex and morality after a documentary on clerical abuse raised questions about the government’s ties to the Catholic church and the ruling party campaign sought to portray LGBT rights supporters as a threat to children. The release on YouTube earlier this month of the documentary, viewed more than 20m times and featuring several victims…

European Parliament elections advance voting starts Thursday

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The 2019 European Parliament elections effectively start Thursday, with advance voting both in person, and electronically, opening at 9:00 a.m. in the latter case. Polling stations are open in county centers across Estonia’s 15 counties at 12:00 p.m., with at least one center per county, and multiple ones in the more populous counties (e.g. eight in Tallinn, which is in Harju County, and four in Tartu city). Electronic voting can…

Simonyte overruns Nauseda in presidential election’s first round: results received from all districts

Monday, May 13, 2019

Economist Gitanas Nauseda is set to face MP Ingrida Simonyte in the presidential runoff in Lithuania, interim figures show. Runoff voting will take place on May 26. After all votes from all districts were received 13th May morning I. Simonyte wins over G. Nauseda: I. Simonyte – 31.13%, G. Nauseda – 30.95%, S. Skvernelis – 19.72%, V. P. Andriukaitis – 4.79%, A. Juozaitis – 4.69%, V. Tomasevski – 4.00%, M.…

Poll shows Simonyte strengthens lead in Lithuania’s presidential race

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Lithuanian MP Ingrida Simonyte has strengthened her lead in the presidential race with little more than a week left before the May 12 election, the latest poll showed on Friday. According to the survey conducted by pollster Spinter tyrimai on April 20-29 and published by the local news website Delfi.lt, former Finance Minister Simonyte’s candidacy was supported by 26.2 percent of the respondents, while economist Gitanas Nauseda, 54, ranked second…

Video: Biden joins U.S. Presidential race, branded ‘Sleepy Joe’ by Trump

Friday, April 26, 2019

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has announced his candidacy for the U.S. 2020 presidential election. U.S. President Donald Trump has charactarised his potential rival as ‘Sleepy Joe’. American news agency AP reports that Biden, a U.S. political heavyweight from the Democratic Party, currently, aged 76, has announced his campaign on Thursday, April 25. Biden’s video statement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbOU2fTg6cI Following the announcement, U.S. President Donald Trump, who intends to run for…

Latvia declares high campaign expenses ahead of European Parliament elections

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Political parties have so far declared EUR 360,543 as their campaign expenses ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections, with three parties – For Development/For, Harmony and Latvia’s Russian Union – accounting for two thirds of that amount, according to information released by the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB). For Development/For has declared EUR 83,335 as its campaign expenses, Harmony has declared EUR 77,629 and Latvia’s Russian Union EUR 76,325. The…

Lithuania’s CEC to announce presidential candidates

Friday, April 12, 2019

Lithuania’s Central Electoral Commission is due to announce the official list of presidential candidates. Social democrat EU commissioner Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, philosopher Arvydas Juozaitis, MEP Valentinas Mazuronis, economist Gitanas Nauseda, MPs Mindaugas Puidokas ir Naglis Puteikis, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, representing the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, MP Ingrida Simonyte, representing the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, and MEP Valdemar Tomasevski, leader of the Electoral Action…

Ukraine Elections: Too Close To Call – Analysis

By Sergei Souglobine on Saturday, March 16, 2019

On March 31, Ukraine will be going to polls to elect a head of state for a new five-year term. For a country where presidents traditionally perform real rather than formal or symbolic functions, the importance of such an election is always hard to overestimate. But the upcoming race looks particularly crucial. At stake is the fate of the current pro-western political administration brought about by the 2014 revolution and,…