Talking Europe

General election stalemate: Why are EU voters failing to choose?

It started with Portugal. Then came Spain, Ireland and Slovakia. They all held general elections, but when ballots were counted there was no clear government elected. In the weeks that followed, some surprising solutions emerged, like in Portugal, where a leftist alliance was formed - the first since it became a democracy four decades ago. What factors have led to this varied vote? And what about these new coalitions being formed - how different and stable will they be?