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20 December 2015: Spanish coalition government inevitable after elections

December 20, 2015

In the Spanish general elections of 20 December 2015 Prime Minister Rajoy's Partido Popular (PP) received most votes, followed by the Socialist Party (PSOE), Podemos and Ciudadanos. The success of newcomer parties Podemos and Ciudadanos for the first time in decades makes the formation of a coalition government or minority government in Spain inevitable: neither […]

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24 November 2015: President Portugal appoints new Prime Minister

November 24, 2015

President of Portugal Anibal Cavaco Silva appointed Socialist Leader Antonio Costa as the new Prime Minister after the early collapse of the minority right wing government that took office after the elections of October 4. The President asked for guarantees from the leftwing parties, concerning the 2016 budget, EU budgetary rules, Portugal's NATO commitments, the […]

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10 November 2015: minority government Portugal falls after less than 2 weeks

November 10, 2015

A vote of no confidence by 123 out of 230 MPs today brought the Portuguese minority government led by Pedro Passos Coelho down, when both the government program and the budget were rejected. This early exit of the minority government follows the decision by President Cavaco Silva not to have a left-wing coalition government because […]

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20 September 2015: Greek elections confirm governing majority

September 21, 2015

Yesterday's elections in Greece confirmed the majority of the coalition formed by the Syriza party of Alexis Tsipras and the Greek Independents (ANEL). Together the two parties have a majority of 155 of the seats at the Greek Parliament (145 for Syriza and 10 for the Greek Independents), compared to their 162 majority in the […]

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24 February: Portugal adopts 2016 budget

February 24, 2016

After delay caused by the October 2015 general elections, and after a – delayed – interaction with the European Commission over its draft budgetary plans, including this Commission opinion, on 24 February Portugal has adopted its 2016 budget. See Euractiv for further news coverage.

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3 May: Spain to hold new general elections amidst rumours of first ever SGP sanctions

May 4, 2016

After several failed attempts to form a government after the Spanish Parliamentary elections of 20 December 2015 – in which no party secured a majority – new elections will be held on Sunday 26 June 2016 following a decision by the Spanish King to dissolve Parliament. This decision comes amidst rumours that Spain might become […]

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