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The SPD after the federal election in 2017

By Fedor Ruhose / 30 October, 2017

The SPD has lost the fight against Angela Merkel and her CDU for the fourth time in a row. The worst result since the foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany has a new element to it even for crisis-hardened social democrats. The party must look at the causes of...

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Stabilitocracy is not democracy

By Miloš Đajić / 14 July, 2017

Serbia has its 5th government in the last 5 years and its 15th since the introduction of the multi-party system in 1990. Since 2012 it has actually been essentially the same government led by the same man, who is intent on destroying democracy and democratic institutions, while concentrating power around...

Ones to watch: Bohuslav Sobotka

By Bohuslav Sobotka / 24 January, 2017

What were your main motivations to start a political career? When the Velvet Revolution happened in 1989, I was a grammar school student and I do not remember the atmosphere during that time any more. There was a mass conviction that all the necessary changes, essentially economic transformation, would be...

Youth Participation in EU Elections is Falling: Differences across Member States

By Doru Frantescu / 5 October, 2016

Data from the last European elections shows a sharp decrease in the turnout of young people voting. Even more worryingly, the gap between the participation of the oldest generation and the youngest one is widening. While an opposite trend can be observed in some of the Member States such as...

Ones to Watch: Robert Biedroń

By admin / 5 October, 2016

Robert Biedroń shakes up most stereotypes one would have about Poland and its politicians. Born in the city of Rymanów, Mr Biedroń has been active in politics since the early 2000s. His electoral victory in the October 2011 parliamentary elections meant that he was the first openly gay member of...

Usefulness, Equality, Transformation: The Three Conditions for Inclusive Leadership

By Laura Slimani / 5 October, 2016

Left-wing parties are traditionally more associated with a democratic practice of power than the right. But is organising primaries enough to make a political formation inclusive? Answering the call for choice in our societies implies calling into question our collective and individual habits.   Party leadership contests set the pace...

Millennials want leaders who do politics differently

By Emma Murphy / 30 September, 2016

Today’s European political leaders bemoan low rates of youth mobilisation in formal institutions, such as political parties and electoral voting, but in doing so they take little account of the fact that the meaning and practice of politics is changing for young citizens. Millennials have no problem with political participation;...

Social democracy in Poland: Past, present, future

By Jacek Zakowski / 20 May, 2016

Does the Polish Centre-Left have a chance in a state that is governed by PiS? Exclusively and absolutely! If it is to be established. The opportunity is now perhaps greater for the progressives that is has ever been for the last quarter of the century. There is a very simple...

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