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The dangers for democracy from America’s populist drift

By Vivien A. Schmidt / 9 November, 2020

Donald Trump has undermined the very essence of the US Presidency. However, he and the current Republican party are not alone responsible for the decline of American democracy. The US is certainly a divided country today, but those divides have been building for a very long time, with a Republican...

Trumpism is here to stay

By Dimitris Tsarouhas / 9 November, 2020

The 2020 election has now confirmed beyond doubt that Trump’s victory four years earlier was much more than an aberration, a mere rejection of the ‘Washington establishment’ and the result of Hillary Clinton’s inability to mobilise the Democratic base. Over the last four years, President Trump has been scolded for...

Inclusive nationalism wins in America

By John Halpin / 9 November, 2020

Joe Biden and American voters decisively defeat Donald Trump by focusing on character and a vision of post-Covid national renewal grounded on pragmatic policies for jobs, growth, and economic security for all people.  With the results now called in several key battleground states, the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and...

The cultural politics defining the 2020 election

By Michael Kennedy / 9 November, 2020

I began writing this on 5 November when the election had still not been called, but even then we learned something as important as who would win. America is not only more divided than progressives imagined. What is worse is that we are polarised in ways that Trump conjures. On...

Lessons of the American election for Europe and the world

By Joseph Stiglitz / 6 November, 2020

Despite years of disastrous economic policy, and an even more catastrophic handling of the Covid-19 crisis, US President Donald Trump received substantially more votes in 2020 than he did in 2016. His blustering in the name of America was seen as standing up for the country by these voters –...

Italy’s Migration Policies Beyond the 2018 Elections: Heralding a New Era of Tolerated Discrimination?

By Anja Palm / 13 March, 2018

If the incumbent Italian government was proud about the leading role it had assumed in pushing forward a national and EU agenda on migration, the 4 March elections clearly showed that the electorate is not. 70 per cent of Italians voted for parties that had heavily criticized the government’s migration...

Two winners and many losers – Postcards from the Italian elections

By Marco Almagisti / 9 March, 2018

We will probably remember the Italian 2018 general election for the presence of “two winners”. In fact, the centre-right coalition got the most votes (37%) by combining the results for Lega (17.4%), Forza Italia (14%), Fratelli d’Italia (4.3) and Noi con Italia (1.3), but the top single party is the...

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