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The Czech elections in a (Central-) European context

The Czech progressives have suffered a disastrous defeat in this weekend’s general elections. This raises concerns about the future of the centre-left in the country. While domestic causes have been the principal factors in the defeat, the role of regional and European dynamics in the election campaign are worth exploring too. The Czech centre-left has […]

The Czech right will rule, the left stays out of the Parliament

In a sharply worded clash over the future of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš as a person burdened by a series of scandals and misconduct, left-wing politics failed to contribute and offer its social agenda as a topic in the campaign for last weekend’s elections in the Czech Republic. The deteriorating health of President Miloš Zeman […]

The Czech election campaign was dominated by populism and emptiness

The main topic of the Czech parliamentary elections was the future of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. The main right-wing coalition SPOLU (Together) successfully raised that topic early on, and made it its sole focus for several months. The Czech Republic has undergone an unprecedented health crisis, which has been responsible for more than 30,000 deaths. […]

A society between climate transformation and austerity policy

Environmental and climate policies are not in the spotlight of the winners of last weekend’s elections in Czechia. As right-wing coalitions are going to form a new government, rising energy prices and the starting climate transformation, combined with austerity policies, could cause social conflict and open the way for the renewal of progressive movements and […]

Foreign policy as a blank spot: opportunity for a paradigm shift of a new government

The issue of foreign policy was virtually absent from the German election campaign. Once again, one might say. In the 2017 election campaign and in the light of the refugee crisis, domestic politics already played a much bigger role in politics and the media. Topics such as security policy or Europe only appeared in the […]

Olaf Scholz resurrected Germany’s Social Democrats – what are the lessons for progressives elsewhere?

After a decade and a half in the political wilderness, German Social Democrats (the SPD) made a dramatic comeback in Sunday’s election and have the opportunity to define Social Democracy for the 21st century. Now the largest party in the Bundestag, they are strongly favoured by voters to form the next government. Their resurgence is […]

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