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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. […]

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 […]

The Social Democrats are back

The main message of Germany’s elections on 26 September is: the Social Democrats are back. The whole Scandinavian North and the German middle of the European continent will have a Social Democratic head of government. Only a few months ago, nobody would have expected that, except Olaf Scholz himself, who predicted that with the return […]

Will the new German government achieve a just transition into a green economy?

In Germany, the SPD has won the elections and has the chance to lead the next government. However, Olaf Scholz will need both the liberal FDP and the Greens to support him to become chancellor. Both parties could alternatively support Armin Laschet, whose centre-right CDU/CSU-party came second. Talks between all four parties are underway and […]

Norwegian Labour success: the right policies, the right strategy, and a pinch of luck

The Norwegian Labour party and its leader Jonas Gahr Støre win the 2021 elections, toppling conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg after her eight years’ reign. With a surge of the combined left, a red-green majority coalition is now possible, notably under a distinct Labour leadership, as it received more votes than the other two potential […]

The aftermath of the elections in Cyprus

Post-electoral reflections are necessary to analyse the rights and wrongs of a campaign and prevent mistakes in the future. But beyond the performance of EDEK, the socialist party of Cyprus, we also need to look at what brought about the rise of ELAM, the far-right party. The increase of support for ELAM has been largely underestimated during […]

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