Month: January 2017

A wake-up call for Europe

Donald Trump’s triumph is like shock therapy for European (and global) progressive forces. Who would have thought the billionaire clown, the reality hero can make it to the top? But who would have thought Britain votes itself out of the EU? Or, on a somewhat personal note, who would have expected that the most potent …

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Austria’s Presidential Elections – A Vote Against Right-Wing Populism

Maybe 2016 wasn’t that bad after all. For the first time an avalanche of right-wing demagogues that was about to roll over Europe, could be stopped. For now. The result of Austria’s presidential campaign, the victory of the presidential candidate Alexander van der Bellen was not only a huge relief but also crucial for Austria …

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The helplessness of the left allows the triumph of the right

Five hypotheses on the election of Donald Trump: I. The response to the election of Donald Trump is intense. Fear, disgust, sadness, and a feeling of acute threat.  Admittedly, his election is only a breach of taboo if we see our own perspective on the world as definitive. The utter dismay being felt today is …

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The Anti-Establishment Challenge for Social Democratic Parties

The anger felt towards the political class in advanced industrial democracies by large parts of the population must no longer be underestimated. By the end of 2017, general elections will have been conducted in three key European states, namely the Netherlands (March), France (May and June) and Germany (September). A critical theme that links the …

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