Month: January 2017

UK elections: Labour fights back

Despite predictions of electoral disaster for the Labour Party before the UK election, its leader Jeremy Corbyn managed to secure 40% of the popular vote, its best performance since Tony Blair’s victories in 1997 and 2001. The party’s campaign featured an effective use of social media, traditional door to door canvassing and very successful open …

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Views from Brazil

The European Union has traditionally been perceived as a force for progress and enlightenment by Brazilians working in international affairs. Its dedication to peace and democracy has been an example we have tried to follow in our own efforts to build a more integrated and prosperous South America. From Brazil’s perspective, a united Europe is …

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Trump’s Victory: Some Lessons for European Progressives

Trump’s unexpected victory has sent shockwaves across Europe. It’s a sort of Brexit on steroids, both for what it symbolizes and for its potential repercussions on Europe’s politics and the transatlantic relationship itself. Trying to imagine what Trump’s foreign policy will look like is a complex, perhaps at this stage futile (and vertigo-inducing) exercise. Were …

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Is President Trump a geopolitical opportunity for India?

The changes in the web of international relations brought about by the new president could present India with the chance to take on a new leadership role. In India, public support during the American election campaign have been overwhelmingly in favour of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. This also holds true for the majority of the …

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Counter-Media Culture – politically decisive in the US and in Austria?

Across Western democracies, right-wing groups are following similar media strategies, claiming to be alternative and defining themselves in opposition to the establishment or the mainstream. It seems to be working Much has already been said about the outcome of the presidential elections. Banalities such as “listening to THE people” (never defining who THE people are) …

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What Trump’s Victory means for Africa

Donald Trump’s victory came as a shock to democrats in Africa. They had held up the American political system as a paragon of democracy and can’t understand how this candidate is appealing to an American electorate. Africans expect something better from a “first-world” country and a population that is better educated than the majority in …

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Primaries: the ideal way to choose a leader?

Primaries have become widespread across Europe, including in countries that do not have a first-past-the-post or presidential system. Reflecting on the choice to select a leader by election, as opposed to one being nominated by a committee of wise men (it’s almost always about men), there are lots of reasons for the diffusion of loosely …

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