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The deceptive opposition between nationalists and progressives

By Didier Fassin / 12 November, 2019

Thinking he could replay the scenario of his 2017 presidential campaign, during which he had presented himself as a bulwark against the far right, the French President Emmanuel Macron made the alternative between progressives and nationalists the central issue in the European elections. But is his authoritarian neoliberalism so far...

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Defending Progressivism

By Patrick Diamond / 12 November, 2019

The French president Emmanuel Macron claims to embody today’s progressivism, as opposed to ‘nationalism’. The profound difficulty for his concept though is that he lacks both a rigorous analysis of capitalism, and a clear understanding of the enduring importance of nation- states. A new concept of progressivism in Europe has...

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“A decade before the Berlin Wall came down, the corrosion of the social welfare state started with the neoliberal turn”

By Wolfgang Engler / 8 November, 2019

The German sociologist Wolfgang Engler examines the question what happened to (Eastern) Germany in the past three decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall from the inside. In his last book – together with the journalist and writer Jana Hensel – “Wer wir sind. Die Erfahrung, ostdeutsch zu sein”...

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Defending Progressivism

By Patrick Diamond / 28 October, 2019

The French president Emmanuel Macron claims to embody today’s progressivism, as opposed to ‘nationalism’. The profound difficulty for his concept though is that he lacks both a rigorous analysis of capitalism, and a clear understanding of the enduring importance of nation-states. A new concept of progressivism in Europe has to...

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Swiss Federal Election: More than one election

By Peter Hug / 24 October, 2019

Switzerland gets much greener, more feminist and is moving significantly to the left. These are the main results of the national elections, which took place on 20th October. The election reflects a huge mobilisation for gender equality (500.000 women went on strike on 14 June 2019) and for climate protection...

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New Democratic Party (NDP) Loses Seats but Gains Influence as Liberals Lose Majority in Canadian Federal Election.

By Andrew Jackson / 23 October, 2019

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ruling Liberals were reduced to a minority government and just 33% of the popular vote on October 21, down from 39.5% in 2015. With 170 seats needed to form a majority, they will hold 157 seats, down from 184 in 2015. The Liberals lost seats...

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Horizons and demarcation lines

By Ania Skrzypek / 22 October, 2019

From today’s perspective, the 1990s may seem like ancient history. The images of the Polish Solidarność trade union rising and the fall of the Berlin Wall remind us of the transition, during which the populations of Central and Eastern Europe chose a democratic path and reunification with the West. Soon...

Visegradism = egocentrism as a political program

Visegradism = egocentrism as a political program

By Petr Pospíchal / 10 October, 2019

Overcoming the anti-European ideology of “visegradism”, which is currently present in Central Europe will not be easy, but it is crucial to at least try.  “We know what we are doing and we basically won yesterday. We blocked it.”  These were the words that the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš...

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Austria: no easy coalition for Kurz

By Maria Maltschnig / 3 October, 2019

Conservatives and Greens scored well in the Austrian elections, while the Social Democrats fell to a historic low. The previously strong far-right finally stumbled over its numerous scandals. Until last Sunday, most political analysts agreed that events that occur less than ten days before an election don’t lead to significant...

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Democracy could not be saved without addressing social inequality

By Jaroslav Bílek / 1 October, 2019

According to a recent German study, inequality regarding access to education and health care, raises the probability of the collapse of democracy. Researchers Julia Leininger, Anna Luhrmann, and Rachel Sigman from the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik) recently published a crucial political study concerning the influence of social...

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