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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...

Funeral rites for Italian populism are still premature

By Lucia Annunziata / 6 February, 2020

Though the recent elections in Italy were only regional ones, the combined voting in two Italian regions also provided the latest chapter of the struggle to contain the nationalist/populist Lega party and its leader, Matteo Salvini. The elections – in Emilia-Romagna in central Italy and Calabria in the south –...

Europe and Social Democracy: two linked projects

By Adriana Lastra / 23 January, 2020

At a time of uncertainty and fragility for European politics, the PSOE victories in the last five elections held in Spain last year, reminds how it is important to highlight the importance of a Social Democratic project which is capable of resisting the rise of the far-right, Eurosceptic populism and...

Spain needed a government

By Beatriz Corredor / 22 January, 2020

Due to the deliberate inaction of the conservatives and, after that, to the complex parliamentary arithmetic for the PSOE, the country’s great challenges have not been addressed for years. It’s time for Spain with Pedro Sánchez, who has already introduced, as Prime Minister since June 2018 very visible changes in...

A new government in Spain committed to a more progressive Europe

By Iratxe Garcia-Perez / 22 January, 2020

The election of Pedro Sánchez as President of the Spanish government is a good news for Europe because the new coalition government is progressive, pro-European and has given priority to the green transition, the economy, equality, social welfare and the 2030 Agenda. The fragmentation of the European Council and the...

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