The map is devoted to the second round of democratic elections in Central,
Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Both parliamentary and presidential elections
are included. Since 115 parties, coalitions and candidates had to be represented
even when a treshold value of 3% of all valid registered votes had been
introduced, it was impossible to furnish each of the latter with an individual
colour. Contestants of similar political outlook were given similar colours
across state borders. The deciding factor in this grouping was, alongside the
political programme of the contesting parties, the political outlook of their
members and their political leaders. Consequently, conservative parties were
awarded a yellow colour, liberal parties blue and violet tones. Different tones
of red were reserved for the group comprising of social democrat through to
communist contestants. Green tones naturally characterise ``green'' or
conservationist parties. Brown and violet tones indicate contestants that are
basically concerned with representing nationalist, ethnic and regional interests.
An orange tone is reserved for political alliances. Tones of grey with black
or red patterns of dots denote parties dominated by a charismatic ``leader''
and without a real programme. Patterns of black lines against a grey background
stand for contestants that promote the special interests of a particular s
ocial group (e.g. pensioners). Grey alone denotes independent candidates.