The year 2015 ended. It was complicated and interesting. It was packed with myriads of fascinating and important events. Some of them happened in Europe and post-Soviet space and we were happy and pleased to write about them.
Below is the selection of our best, most popular articles.
Early elections to the Faroe Islands’ parliament, the Løgting, were held on 1 September. Their outcome, according to the Danish paper Jyllands Posten, can be called a minor revolution. In addition, the elections also attracted attention because of an unexpectedly large-scale roadside campaign.
A triple referendum was held in Luxembourg on 7 June. People were asked three questions: whether they want the 16-year-olds to be given the right to vote in national and European elections and referendums; whether they want foreigners who have lived for more than ten years in the country to be given the right to vote; and whether they want ministers allowed staying continuously in government for no more than ten years. The fourth question on the separation of the Church from the State was dropped in January.
On the eve of the parliamentary elections in Poland, the Europe Insight research company conducted a unique investigation. We asked 32 Polish experts, journalists and social activists – two in each voivodeship (province) – to answer questions related to how the election campaign went in their regions: what tactics did the parties use to reach voters and how often were these tactics used.
Restitution is one of the most mythologised issues in Ukrainian politics. Politicians and experts contribute hugely to the belief that European integration will inevitably lead to review of property rights and many ordinary citizens will lose their homes or have to pay compensation to foreigners, primarily to Poles.
Of course, Europen monarchies react to criticism and care about their perception, about improving and maintaining their moral and political authority and financial accountability. But this aspiration as well as their popular view varies from country to country. Some enjoy almost unanimous support, others struggle to find balance to keep power. Some are richer, others are poorer. Monarchies even have their own “dictators” and “liberals”.