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Who’s who in the new Polish government?

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Following the decisive victory of Law and Justice (PiS) in parliamentary elections last month, Poland’s new Prime Minister, Beata Szydło, has today (Friday 13 November 2015) been sworn in.

But who are the men and women who will form part of Szydło’s team?

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Croatia’s main parties court reformist newcomers after inconclusive vote

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Post updated on 13 November 2015 with new section ‘A Bridge too far?’

What’s happened?

Parliamentary elections held on 8 November saw the closest outcome in Croatia’s democratic history.

The centre-right Patriotic Coalition won 59 seats while the outgoing centre-left pact, Croatia is Growing, won 56 seats. With the three seats won by regionalist party IDS, which backed the last government, the result is a dead-heat between the two major coalitions.

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Law and Justice wins stunning victory in Polish elections

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Exit polls from Poland’s parliamentary election show the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) winning a landslide victory with 38 per cent of the vote and obtaining an absolute majority in Parliament.

The ruling Civic Platform (PO) party came second, with 24 per cent, while the Kukiz movement won nine per cent of the vote.

The United Left alliance and Modern Poland both won 7.5 per cent of the vote, but the United Left’s score would mean they fall below the eight per cent threshold for an electoral alliance to win seats in parliament.

The results leave PiS potentially achieving the impossible in Poland: being able to govern without a coalition partner.

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Words  CEC Government Relations, Warsaw
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Poland decides: five pointers to Sunday’s election

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With a new Prime Minister last September and a new President elected in May, Poland is going through a period of political turbulence.

But Sunday’s parliamentary election could see the most significant change, with the opposition Law and Justice party leading in the opinion polls.

Here is our guide to what might happen in this crucial vote.

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Ten years of Merkel: from Mädchen to Europe’s leader

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2015 is a historic year for Germany: 25 years ago East and West Germany were reunited after 40 years of separation.

The reunification paved the way for yet another milestone as, in 2005, the Christian Democrats’ Angela Merkel, raised and educated in the East German Democratic Republic, was elected the first female Chancellor in German history.

We take a look back at ten years of Merkel as Chancellor.

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Portugal to stick with centre-right coalition?


Three questions on the Portuguese elections to Luis Rosendo, Managing Director of Y&R PR, Burson-Marsteller’s affiliate in Lisbon:

1. Who won the elections and what will happen now?

Democracy won, although there is concern that two in every five people eligible to vote did not go to the polls.

Among those who did vote, there was a general willingness to put trust in the outgoing centre-right coalition, but the Socialists (PS) did gain votes and could influence the direction of the new government.

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The end of the digital world is not nigh…

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Over the past 24 hours email and social media have been flooded with a panoply of doomsday scenarios following the ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on Safe Harbor.

Any sane person could well be led to believe that the end of the digital world is nigh.

So here’s an alternative view.

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Briefing: mHealth on demand

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Burson-Marsteller hosted a lunch discussion on Wednesday 16 September on the forthcoming Code of Conduct on mobile health (mHealth) applications, an industry-led initiative launched with the support of the European Commission.

The initiative seeks to foster citizens’ trust and help the development of health applications (‘apps’) while respecting the EU framework on data protection and security.

The debate, held under the Chatham House rule, gathered more than fifty representatives from the EU institutions, industry, trade associations and NGOs at Burson-Marsteller’s premises in Brussels. The discussion was led by Michał Boni MEP (EPP, Poland), Pēteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit Health and Well-Being at DG Connect, and Michele Pastore, Policy Manager at Samsung Electronics Europe and Chairman of DigitalEurope’s eHealth group.

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No news is good news for Tsipras: ten reflections on the Greek elections


1. No news is good news for Tsipras

The election result is a major political and personal triumph for Alexis Tsipras (pictured). His SYRIZA party, divided over the third bailout package agreed in July, lost only one seat compared to its result in January. It also scored a seven percentage point lead over the centre-right New Democracy party.

Tsipras’ clear victory was a surprise for many, as pre-election polls had shown SYRIZA neck-and-neck with New Democracy. Tsipras also managed to secure clear leadership of the left in Greece, with People’s Unity (the party established by far-left SYRIZA MPs who left the party) gaining no representation in Parliament, and the centre-left (PASOK-DIMAR) securing only modest gains. Potential dissent SYRIZA MPs may think twice, having seen the fate of their erstwhile colleagues.

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