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How the Danish left succeeded to win the elections – and the challenges ahead.jpg

How the Danish left succeeded to win the elections – and the challenges ahead

By Britta Thomsen / 5 July, 2019

Denmark has seen two major elections in 2019: European and two weeks later parliamentary. In both cases, voters moved away from populist parties, chose the mainstream parties – and provided Progressives with election victories. Specifically, the parliamentary elections resulted in a move to the left, unseen since 1971. Voters clearly...

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Greece: why is SYRIZA set to lose the election – the role of KINAL

By Panagiotis Ioakeimidis / 4 July, 2019

The upcoming parliamentary elections in Greece on July 7th will most probably result in big political change. According to opinion polls and the outcome of the recent European elections, the governing left-wing Syriza coalition will lose power by a  large margin of approximately ten percent to the conservative New Democracy...

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Strict migration policies and a minority government

By Susi Meret / 4 July, 2019

The new Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s minority government relies on support of a social-liberal and two rather left-leaning parties. The most important disagreement between the Social Democrats and their partners is on migration policy. A potential conflict, that could make the minority government difficult to steer through challenging times....

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The lost art of consensus: polarisation, tension and conflict in the upcoming Greek elections

By Marilena Koppa / 4 July, 2019

The Progressive camp in Greece is in a deep and protracted crisis. Even if SYRIZA’s hegemony at the left side of the political spectrum seems established, fragmentation, tensions and old enmities make an alliance of progressive forces very difficult. The European elections of June 2019 were a major blow to...

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Danish Social Democrats form young and progressive government

By Maj Jensen Christensen / 3 July, 2019

The progressive, welfare oriented parties won the Danish general election on June 5th. An understanding between the four centre-left parties has been reached, making it possible for the Social Democratic party leader Mette Frederiksen to form a one-party Social Democratic minority government and become the country’s youngest ever Prime Minister....

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Denmark: cautious new taxes for a progressive turn

By Sofie Holme Andersen / 2 July, 2019

In the recent parliamentary elections, the Danes have voted for more welfare spending and action on climate change. Now it is up the new prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to keep the promises of the campaign. But with the economy in good shape, taxing the rich in order to finance a...

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A night to remember: a new dawn for Istanbul (and Turkey)

By Vassilis Ntousas / 27 June, 2019

Ekrem İmamoğlu’s landslide victory in Sunday’s re-run of the mayoral election in Istanbul will have an important impact not only for the city’s future, but also for the future of Turkey’s ailing democracy. What are the reasons behind this result, which marked the ruling AK party’s biggest defeat in almost...

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Belgium: the far-right at the gates of power?

By Jérôme Jamin / 4 June, 2019

How to explain the return of Vlaams Belang (VB) to the forefront when for several years a Flemish nationalist political party, the Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (NVA), has dominated the political arena in the north of Belgium? Why didn’t the far-right break through also in Wallonia and Brussels? Do the Socialist Party and the PTB (Workers’ Party...

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A comeback for the Danish Social Democrats?

By Jan-Erik Støstad / 3 June, 2019

Will Mette Frederiksen pull off an election victory for the Danish Social democrats on June 5 and become Prime Minister? It looks good with strong polls and a professional campaign. And it confirms a trend in the Nordic countries: soon, all Scandinavian EU countries could be run be Social Democrats....

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Belgium: a fragmented parliament

By Christophe Sente / 30 May, 2019

Between European elections and the renewal of the national and regional assemblies, the results in Belgium confirm a trend shared with most countries on the continent: that of a fragmentation of the political landscape, a dilution of the centre towards the extremes and a weakening of the long dominant parties....

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