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Why not finally a European state?

The EU is institutionally exhausted and under high populist pressure due to its dysfunctional governance and lack of democratic legitimacy. With the reform impetus of the far-reaching proposals of citizens as result of the conference on the Future of the EU, and, on the other hand, the pressure of the Ukraine war, the EU should […]

The far-right Sweden

In the elections in Sweden, the coalition led by Magdalena Andersson and the Social Democrats lost two seats in parliament, from 175 to 173, and thereby lost the majority to a conservative coalition under Ulf Kristersson. It was no landslide, and the new government will, like the previous one, most likely be a complete parliamentary […]

Sweden: a ‘normalised’ far-right and the challenges ahead

Many more people voted for the Swedish Social Democratic Party in the recent election in Sweden than in 2018. However, the governing coalition led by the Social Democrats lost its majority in parliament. What conclusions can be made about the Social Democratic campaign strategy, and what political project lies ahead in a new political landscape, […]

You want it darker? The Swedish working-class votes, but Social Democrats lose

In the Swedish election, urban voters trusted Social Democratic PM Magdalena Andersson to keep their lives sunny in uncertain times. But small-town Sweden continued to show their disillusion by voting for the Sweden Democrats. The latter trend proved to be stronger as Sweden’s Social Democrats are heading into opposition – in spite of receiving 30.3 […]

Progressive parties must offer progressive policies

During the past eight years, the Swedish Social Democrats have done too little to improve the situation of the socio-economically marginalised groups. And now these groups have, once again, voted for the radical right party Sweden Democrats. The Swedish discontent has kept growing. Next time around (and there might be new elections soon), strong progressive […]

Securing democracy in the Western Balkans by strengthening the rule of law

In its new methodology of the accession process, the EU has defined the rule-of-law as one of its fundamentals simnce 2020, underlining its importance as a core European value. All countries of the Western Balkan, despite reform efforts in the past and present, are struggling with organised crime and corruption, clientelism in their institutions, a weak judiciary and low trust of citizens in the system. The poor condition of the rule of law undermines the public’s trust in the effectiveness of democracy. In the long run, this can have disastrous effects on the democratic consolidation in the Western Balkans.

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