Beyond Europe

Putin 3.0 in a changing Russia

By Alexandra Krasteva and Andreea Flintoaca-Cojocea | 3 December 2012

Hopes that Dmitry Medvedev could constitute a more liberal and Western-oriented alternative to Vladimir Putin were  dissolved ou dissipated in September 2011 when Medvedev announced his unconditional support to Putin’s candidacy. The predicted switch sowed disillusion. The re-election of Vladimir Putin for a 6-year term in March 2012 took place in an unprecedented context for Russia and constituted a nightmare for its leaders. Demonstrators in Russia’s cities massively protested against the system’s unaccountability, pervasive corruption and deteriorating socio-economic climate.

The Georgian exception and the challenge of cohabitation

By Alexandra Krasteva and Andreea Flintoaca-Cojocea | 3 December 2012

Elections in Georgia surpassed expectations. The climate of polarisation that preceded election day laid the foundation for contested results and a prolonged stalemate. None of this happened. On the contrary, the ruling party admitted defeat and did not call demonstrations. Georgia’s parliamentary elections were won by the opposition (55% of votes, 84 out of 150 seats), incarnated by the Georgian Dream coalition. This came without violence, which is indeed unprecedented  in Georgia since its independence. The de facto one-party rule in Georgia and the worrying authoritarian inclinations of the Saakashvili era came to an end. As such, elections in Georgia sent an important signal elsewhere in the Post-Soviet space and came to the great satisfaction of international organisations promoting democratic standards.

The 2012 Elections: The Victory of Populism?

By Arielle Giovannoni | 6 November 2012

In the last 2012 French Presidential Election, the surge of populism constituted a major component of the political campaign. In the United States, the Tea Party has caught media and politicians’ attention alike, gaining a strong political voice, as the designation of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate suggests.

Why ideology matters

By Andreas Sowa | 6 November 2012

Why should we care about the US presidential election? Yes, there are differences between Obama and Romney. And yes, these differences are all but negligible. But do these differences, these contrasts in the policies they propose, really relate to us?

How will the results of elections affect the EU-US relations?

By Delphine Roulland | 6 November 2012

2012, the year of change. The French and Greek elections – both held in May – greatly affected the US economy and its prospects of recovery. The 2012 US presidential elections will most certainly do the same to Europe. Friends and foes, the US and the European Union have gone through all kinds of relationships. After 6 November, what will it become? 

Will black clouds on the bilateral relationship between U.S-Turkey disappear after US elections 2012?

By Gizem Oztürk | 6 November 2012

Over the past two years, the worldwide political scene has witnessed major challenges of political transitions in different territories that led to radical changes for countries. During this period Ankara and Washington relations have hit a rough patch on the road. Recent tensions in Syria, even creates more political issues in between these two key players. So what shall we expect next, especially giving the fact that a general election is approaching in the states.

Does traditional media practice remain in the shadow of the ubiquity of social media elements on voting behavior in American Presidential Elections 2012?

By Gizem Oztürk | 6 November 2012

Study of Voting Behaviour began in the twentieth century, and since then various factors had several impacts on it such as social class, geography, age and media. However, nowadays one can claim that the strongest instrument that affects the social behaviour is the Digital Media rather than the traditional one. 

American Dream vs European Welfare State

By Piera Sciama et Tanguy Séné | 6 November 2012

“The European welfare is dead”: This strong criticism reveals and justifies a certain rejection of the welfare state in the United States. Despite some evolution since the Clinton era and a revitalisation during the Obama administration, the forces pushing against its development seem to remain strong, using the media as its main support.