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Elections in Brazil: Some Reflections on the implications for relations with the EU
Optimistically, one might be tempted to think that, once the elections were over and...


Call to the Left
The Left must seize European elections as opportunity to transform Europe and guarantee sustainable...


European Parliament: illiberal take-over is not on the cards
There are fears that the illiberal right-wing might take over in the 2019 European...


European elections 2019: can the SPD recover ?
After the SPD’s historically low result in the November 2017 federal elections, the German...


Success or failure? How can Sweden Democrats benefit from the election results?
How long can the other parties reject Sweden Democrats after the last Swedish election?...


Social Democrats still Sweden’s largest party
After the Swedish election on September 9 the question of who will rule Sweden...


Luca Jahier : “Younger generations need to dare to change the world”.
  Luca Jahier was elected President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)...


Even with the European Union having its eyes wide shut, Turkey will not disappear
European politicians need the Turkish bogeyman to dispel their own nightmares. In recent years,...


Turkey drifting away from Europe
On 24 June, Erdoğan claimed victory in his country’s presidential election, winning an outright...


Reflections on the June 2018 Turkish Elections
The elections on June 24 served as the “finishing touch” in realizing the structural...


Conservative Turkey votes for one-man rule
Before writing anything about the June 24, 2018 Turkish election, it is important to...


EU’s future and the sovereign option
The European project is facing the challenge of a sovereign approach to problem solving....


A credibility deficit for the Conte Government
The Conte Government arises like Lazarus, but it is getting started with the burden...


The illusion of a growth and jobs strategy and its consequences
The programme of the new 5S-League government presents no strategy for growth and jobs...


Will the EU resist Salvini’s anti-migration crusade?
In his first few weeks as the new Italian Minister of the Interior, the...


Pedro Sánchez is facing his best opportunity
Only three weeks ago, the polls placed the PSOE as the fourth political force,...


Make Spain (and Europe) Great Again
Pedro Sánchez, with a government made up of solid profiles and the hand of...


A moment of truth: Turkish elections as a policy challenge for progressive Europe
After a long period of political turmoil, on June 24th Turkey is heading towards...


Russia and Europe after the presidential elections
On the eve of his fourth presidential term, Putin seems to enjoy a stronger...


Hegemonic right and defeated left: lessons from Hungary’s drift to authoritarianism
Viktor Orbán’s landslide third consecutive victory in parliamentary elections bears witness to the true...


What makes Orbán win
Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s prime minister won a third consecutive term on 8 April and...


The Purgatory of Socialists in Hungary
Support for the Hungarian Socialist Party collapsed before the 2010 election and the subsequent...


Putin 2024 A re-election ritual
In the run- up to Russia presidential election, two things were clear from the...


After the Russian presidential elections: Preparing for the post-Putin era
Despite an overarching continuity, the 18th of March nevertheless marks an important juncture in...


How democracy serves Putin
The Kremlin leadership organized a massive get-out-the vote campaign during the last few weeks....


Possible scenarios for Italy and Europe
More than an earthquake, the Italian parliamentary election on March 4 triggered a slow...


Chronicle of a death foretold
The Italian political deadlock comes as no surprise. With a tripolar party system and...


Italy’s Migration Policies Beyond the 2018 Elections: Heralding a New Era of Tolerated Discrimination?
If the incumbent Italian government was proud about the leading role it had assumed...


Why Italian Election Matter: a Populist Shock
The large victory of the populist 5 Star Movement and rightwing nationalist Lega in...


Two winners and many losers – Postcards from the Italian elections
We will probably remember the Italian 2018 general election for the presence of “two...


Mr President and the Seven Dwarfs
Sauli Niinistö secures a second term with a landslide victory The election night was...


German Elections: Why did the Progressives fare badly and why did the AfD do so well?
Pour la version française, cliquez ici The major shock in the German elections was...


The SPD after the federal election in 2017
Pour la version française, cliquez ici The SPD has lost the fight against Angela...


Stabilitocracy is not democracy
Serbia has its 5th government in the last 5 years and its 15th since...


Serbian Elections: Victory of Regional (In)stability
Despite being seen as a pro-EU leader and a factor of regional stability during...


Reflection on Serbia-EU relations
The election of prime minister Aleksandar Vučić’s as the new Serbian president was almost...


Dealing with Overly Talkative Aeroplane Seatmates
On June 7, the presidency of the strongest political party in Serbia that won...


Theresa May is trying to pre-empt Brexit difficulties – it could backfire!
This blog originally appeared here  Theresa May has sprung an early election, breaking her...


What future is there for the Republican Party and the Socialist Party?
The presidential election was the ultimate reward for Emmanuel Macron – the President of...


Party before country
I am a passionate democrat but this election is completely unnecessary, a direct consequence...


The difficulties encountered when politics is over-simplified
It is understandable how academic commentary has been stimulated over recent months but in...


Britain’s Brexit Election: Why now and what next?
When Theresa May called a snap general election in April, she took Britain by...


A bowling alley election
A great deal has already been said about this presidential election: a hold-up, an...


The project of Marine Le Pen will lead to benefits for the better off
Although stigmatisation of foreigners has been the mainspring of the National Front since its...


Fluctuating democracy: the volatile state
Does the 2017 presidential election not appear to have more in common with a...


Four Frances in a stand-off
Cut into four. Divided, fractured. Frédéric Dabi, Deputy Director General of Ifop, and Chloé...


Shaping the campaign
This post originally appeared on the Fabian Society website The opinion polls currently point...


Promises, promises
This post originally appeared on the Fabian Society website After the ‘longest suicide note...


The last few weeks of an atypical campaign
The spectre of a Mélenchon / Le Pen second round favoured Emmanuel Macron The...


Divides within politics
To be effective, democracy requires a certain degree of political divide within the spectrum...


Presidential election 2017: the dynamic Mélenchon
A second round where Jean-Luc Mélenchon faces Marine Le Pen? Is this possible? How...


An obstacle course until… 18th June
The successive trends amongst recent surveys have only served to confirm that the voter...


Bulgarian elections 2017: More is less
The biggest challenge after these elections will be the scrutiny and the accountability of...


A coconut shy election
The French presidential election in reality began on Monday 20 March upon conclusion of...


2007 – 2017: Ten years of “marino-lepen-ism”
To truly understand the determination and drive which carries Marine Le Pen and analyse...


The Party of European Socialists is a party of activists
The Party of European Socialists is a party of activists. This is one of...


Do we have to look back 10 years to discover the roots of PES activism in France?
We could dig deeper, for example to the Brussels Congress of 2004 when Poul...


Understanding the success of Emmanuel Macron: a graphical interpretation
Why is Emmanuel Macron so high in the opinion polls forty days before the...


Devastating defeat for Labour; where do we go from here?
The results of the elections on 15th March show an unprecedented loss of 29...


Terra incognita
Rarely has a presidential election so closely resembled a terra incognita before. It goes...


Who are the undecided voters?
This presidential campaign has been marked by an unprecedented amount of voter volatility. As...


Uncertainties: how to define the 2017 presidential election
For several weeks now, commentators and polling institutes have repeatedly highlighted the low voter...


Macron and Hamon: where do their voter bases lie?
How have the rallies in recent weeks changed the composition of potential voters for...


Presidential election: Balance of power on the left
During this presidential election voters on the left are being forced to decide between...


Elections in the Netherlands: How to unite the left and remain distinctive as social-democrats?
How to unite the left and remain distinctive as social-democrats? On March 15th, the...


The gatekeepers of democracy
As with any growing organization like PES activists, whilst we recognise it is not...


Finnish Local Elections and the Health, Social Services and Regional Government Reform
Finnish local elections take place in the spring in an atmosphere of uncertainty. Public...


Three aspects could make Finland’s upcoming contest more interesting than usual
First, it has been almost two years since the last general elections of any...


Brexit Negotiations: Why the European Union has no room for concessions
The exit of Great Britain from the European Union is taking shape. At the...


UK election reaction: The staging post to power?
A Labour prime minister did not enter 10 Downing Street following the re-cent general...


Britain: Turbulent Tories at the helm
The UK government entered the Brexit negotiations on 19th June lacking a Parliamentary majority,...


UK elections: Labour fights back
Despite predictions of electoral disaster for the Labour Party before the UK election, its...


Austria’s Presidential Elections – A Vote Against Right-Wing Populism
Maybe 2016 wasn’t that bad after all. For the first time an avalanche of...


The 2016 US Election: looking back and the way forward
This one hurts. A lot. As regular readers of this newsletter know, I was...


The Iran Deal is in Jeopardy, and Other Disasters
The Iran Deal is in Jeopardy, and Other Disasters America is still in shock—both...


A Wider Perspective on the 2016 US Election
As this is the last pre-election edition of this Newsletter, it is worth spending...


On the Campaign Trail
American presidential politics has crossed a Rubicon. In the span of 48 hours, the...


On the Campaign Trail
The 2016 US presidential campaign has entered the home stretch with Hillary Clinton holding...


US Elections: The Post-Policy Campaign
One thing about this election campaign is clear: the policy positions of the candidates...

Millennials and the 2016 Election
The Millennial generation, those born between 1981 and 2000, is now the largest living...

State of the Race: The General Election Begins
The Democratic primary is finally over. Hillary Clinton won decisively in California and New...

Uncharted Territory: A Contested Republican Convention
The contemporary model for a party nominating convention in the United States is a...

The Year of the Anti-Establishment Insurgent
The anti-establishment campaigns of Sanders and Trump certainly share some common elements. Both Sanders...

Race, Religion and other social issues in the 2016 campaign
Donald Trump has dominated this campaign since his announcement speech in which he labelled...

The New Politics of Trade
Regardless of the ultimate outcome in November, there is no question that campaigns of...

On the Campaign Trail
The most unpredictable of presidential campaigns took another unexpected turn when Ted Cruz and...

On The Campaign Trail
Tuesday’s New York primary produced big wins for the two frontrunners, ending what had...

On the Campaign Trail
For those who believed the election of President Barack Obama heralded the dawn of...

On the Campaign Trail: State of the Race After Super Tuesday
With the dust still settling from Super Tuesday, it is clear that there has...

Setting the scene: The U.S. Presidential Election After Iowa and New Hampshire
Setting the scene: The U.S. Presidential Election After Iowa and New Hampshire The 2016...