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The electoral disgrace of the right-wing government in Poland

By Anna Pacześniak / 12 May, 2020

This last Sunday, 10th May, presidential elections were meant to be held in Poland. Until the very last moment there were no legal guidelines for how to organise them. That is because even though, following the Constitution, they take place every 5 years, this time the ruling Law and Justice...

Time for Pay Transparency

By Esther Lynch / 6 March, 2020

Despite years of fighting for equality, women in the EU still earn considerably less than men. One of the reasons is gender pay secrecy. EC President von der Leyen promised to bring forward an initiative on pay transparency, which could be a real game changer. So far however, the results...

Not much hope for progressives and the EU in Slovakia after elections

By Radovan Geist / 5 March, 2020

Slovakia was ripe for a political change. The era of Prime Minister Robert Fico (2012-2018), which started with a promise of a leftist corrective to liberal economic reforms, as well as the fight against corruption and oligarchic politics, ended with a culturally and politically divided country, threatened by corruption and...

Progress in Slovakia? Mixed election results

By Brigita Schmögnerová / 5 March, 2020

A short analysis of the parliamentary results in Slovakia prove the weakened left-right division and the victory of populism reflecting the disappointment with the 12 years government of the Social-Democratic Smer party and its leader Robert Fico. The election was won by the social populist Igor Matovič with promises to...

The Impact of the Irish ‘Non-Brexit’ Election

By Kevin Cunningham / 13 February, 2020

While Brexit was a non-issue in the Irish general election, considerable challenges emerge from it. While the Withdrawal Agreement of the UK from the European Union facilitated Boris Johnson’s ability to win the 2019 British general election through consolidating the Leave vote, it hampered the prospects of the Irish Prime...

Ireland – a swing to the Left and a Labour Party left behind

By Chloe Manahan / 13 February, 2020

For the first time in Ireland’s history, the Left has won the general elections on February 8th. That the Labour Party played so small a role in this victory is a cause for deep reflection, but not, I would argue, for despair.  Though some ardent supporters of other parties will...

General Election 2020 and Ireland’s new normal

By David Kitching / 13 February, 2020

The results of the 2020 Irish General Election invite comparisons to a political earthquake, but a brief look at recent history tells a more multi-layered story.  Since the 2008 recession, every election has presented a shift in the tectonic plates of Irish politics. The country’s systemic stability sits alongside a...

Ireland: Clash between the official narrative of the economy and the lived reality of people’s lives

By Ivana Bacik / 12 February, 2020

After almost four years of minority government, led by Fine Gael and supported by Fianna Fáil in the form of a ‘confidence and supply arrangement’, voters were looking for a change. ‘The large of votes given to Sinn Féin was only dampened by the fact that they did not run a...

The Sardines – an antidote to right-wing populism

By Edoardo Caroli / 6 February, 2020

The Sardine movement in Italy sprung into life when a small group of 30-years olds met on a rainy night in Bologna in the middle of November 2019. That night, the far-right Lega planned to officially kick-off its electoral campaign for the regional elections in Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, which...

Italian stable instability: Fighting the waves

By Mauro Calise / 6 February, 2020

According to all pre-election polls held before the voting in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, a victory of the League of former Deputy Prime-Minister Matteo Salvini was the most likely outcome. An interesting way to make sense of the recent regional election results in Italy is therefore to ask: what, if the...

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