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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...

New Left at challenging times

By Bartosz Rydlinski / 20 December, 2019

From the historic return of Polish social democracy to the mainstream of parliamentary life in Poland in October 2019, we have witnessed several important events in Polish public life. Starting with the attempt to depose the President of the Supreme Chamber of Control connected with Law and Justice (PiS), who...

Electoral contagion: the UK coughs and Ireland sneezes

By David Kitching / 20 December, 2019

British and Irish politics have been intertwined for centuries, a fact that Irish political observers have never been able to forget. Such is the case with the saga of Brexit. However, if Irish must now accept Brexit as inevitable, there are a few fundamental protections that cannot be undone. It...

Britain’s warning to social democracy across Europe

By Patrick Diamond / 20 December, 2019

Labour was facing a deeply unpopular Conservative opponent. And still, the Conservatives won their largest parliamentary majority since 1987, the heyday of Margaret Thatcher. Some of the reasons for defeat are particular to the unclear stance on Brexit, the Jeremy Corbyn’s reputation. However they are not the most fundamental reasons for...

Progressive Pod on Romania Elections

By Maria Freitas / 10 December, 2019

The first and second round of the presidential elections in Romania reconfirmed incumbent President Klaus Iohannis of the Liberal National Party (PNL) for a second mandate. PNL secured 66% of the vote and was followed by the Social Democrat Party (PSD) with 34%. The story of the country’s 2019 election...

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