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All Bolsonaro’s Men

By Filipe Vasconcelos Romao / 10 January, 2019

The election of Jair Bolsonaro is a product of the crisis and the perception of the population regarding corruption. However, its support base is heterogeneous and contradictory, which puts Brazil in even greater uncertainty.   Brazil is currently experiencing the most dramatic period of its three decades of democracy. The...

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The future of the left in Brazil

By Monica Valente / 9 January, 2019

The recent elections in Brazil took place against the background of a widespread anti-politics, anti-PT and anti-system feeling. In this particular context, Jair Bolsonaro manage to style himself as a anti-system maverik candidate – while he benefited at the same time form the support by such traditionally conservative institutions as...

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Jair Bolsonaro, a challenge for the European Union

By Elena Lazarou / 8 January, 2019

The election of Jair Bolsonaro as the next President of Brazil is the latest in a series of victories for right-wing populist candidates across the world. Like many of the leaders he is compared to, Bolsonaro based his campaign on security-driven nationalistic discourse combined with a rejection of the so...

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Elections in Brazil: Some Reflections on the implications for relations with the EU

By Celso Amorim / 9 November, 2018

Optimistically, one might be tempted to think that, once the elections were over and victory assured, attitudes and declarations would become more rational and realistic. So far it has not been the case. Threats against persons and social movements continue to be made by the new elected President and his...

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Social Democrats still Sweden’s largest party

By Håkan A Bengtsson / 27 October, 2018

After the Swedish election on September 9 the question of who will rule Sweden is highly uncertain. The Social Democrats’ share of the vote fell from 31 percent in 2014 to 28.3 percent in 2018 but this figure was higher than that forecast in the public opinion polls carried out...

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The Chaos Trumplifier

By Vassilis Ntousas / 21 November, 2017

It has only been a little more than 12 months since one of the most consequential US presidential elections ever. It certainly feels substantially longer.   What the extremely dense past year has shown is that the widely held pre-election opinion that the office Mr. Trump now occupies would change...

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A year after: Trump and transatlantic relations in a time of risk

By Ian O. Lesser / 21 November, 2017

Almost a year into the Trump administration, uncertainty remains a hallmark of American foreign policy. Relations with Europe have yet to experience major change, but wider shifts in US global engagement hold risks of their own for transatlantic relations.   America’s international policy has been strongly affected by the President’s...

Reflection on Serbia-EU relations

By Francesco Martino / 13 July, 2017

The election of prime minister Aleksandar Vučić’s as the new Serbian president was almost unanimosly greeted in Brussels. His triumph, though, cannot be simply defined as a “European victory”: despite his pro-EU stance, Vučić cultivates strong ties with Moscow, while under his rule democratic standards and freedom of the press...

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Dealing with Overly Talkative Aeroplane Seatmates

By FEPS / 13 July, 2017

On June 7, the presidency of the strongest political party in Serbia that won absolute majority in 2016 parliamentary elections unanimously decided to support Mr. Aleksandar Vučić, former prime minister and newly elected president to propose his successor himself. This was more or less expected. Public, opposition parties and number...

The Party of European Socialists is a party of activists

By Ruairí Quinn / 22 March, 2017

The Party of European Socialists is a party of activists. This is one of our great strengths. The concept of a Europe-wide political party is not a new one. It’s been around since political union in Europe was itself just an idea. But, just as the European Union has developed...

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