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Spain: in search of a new beginning

By Oriol Bartomeus / 20 November, 2019

The repetition of the general elections that took place on Sunday, November 10th, has shown that Spain stays where it was… although a little worse. The radicalization of the right has destroyed the centre-right and propelled the extreme right to the third place, with 3.6 million votes and 52 seats...

The Brexit (and more) election

By Richard Corbett / 15 November, 2019

The UK is plunged into a December election for the first time since 1923, and the dominant issue is, of course, Brexit. Not that an election can ever be fought on one issue – and there is no shortage of other matters that feature in the campaign, from the state...

The Myth of a Progressive Trudeau

By Luke Savage / 13 November, 2019

It’s a rarity for Canada to receive attention from abroad, let alone the positively gushing kind that greeted the arrival of Justin Trudeau’s premiership in the late fall of 2015. So immediately rapturous was the new prime minister’s international reception that many people, both inside the country and out, came...

Canadian Voters Look Left to Solve to Affordability Concerns

By Katrina Miller / 10 November, 2019

Cost of living concerns loomed large in voters’ minds during Canada’s recent federal election, causing many progressives to loose sleep over whether the electorate would take a hard turn to the right.  Historically, economic angst has been fertile ground for a standard Conservative pitch – one that promises to end...

The New Democratic Party (NDP) and the Labour Movement in Canada

By Andrew Jackson / 5 November, 2019

A short history of the Canadian NDP and an opportunity to take inspiration of the relations between the party and the trade unions. Canada’s social democratic party, the NDP, was founded in 1961 as a formal partnership between its predecessor party, the CCF, and the Canadian Labour Congress or CLC,...

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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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Poland after the general elections 2019: a divided country in a state of suspension, where citizens don’t give up their hopes

By Ania Skrzypek / 18 October, 2019

Last Sunday, 13th of October 2019 an unprecedented number of Polish both in Poland and abroad went to cast a vote in the general elections. It had nothing of a fatigue that otherwise could have been the case in a nation that went to vote for the third time in...

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Joy or disappointment? The Polish elections in brief

By Konrad Golota / 18 October, 2019

“The most important elections since 1989” were saying all parties running in General Elections on 13th October in Poland. The competition was quite narrow, so all the parties focused on the mobilisation of voters. Let’s start with numbers: the Sejm consists of 460 MPs and the Senate of 100 Senators....

The future of the Left: how to cross the ten ‘plus something’ percent

By Michal Sutowski / 18 October, 2019

With MPs such as: Gdula, Zawisza, Czarzasty, Zandberg, Dziemianowicz-Bak, Gill-Piatek, Konieczny and Scheuring-Wielgus – the Left in the Sejm has the best ever composed delegation that crosscuts between young and middle-aged population. It is certainly the most outstanding in the span of one and a half decades, or even, it...

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