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Austria: no easy coalition for Kurz

By Maria Maltschnig / 3 October, 2019

Conservatives and Greens scored well in the Austrian elections, while the Social Democrats fell to a historic low. The previously strong far-right finally stumbled over its numerous scandals. Until last Sunday, most political analysts agreed that events that occur less than ten days before an election don’t lead to significant...

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Election in Austria: an uphill battle for Social Democrats

By Maria Maltschnig / 27 September, 2019

The Austrian coalition of conservatives and the far right ended after only 17 months over an outrageous political scandal. The snap elections which are held as a consequence prove to be difficult for the SPÖ – despite the scope of the scandal. When in autumn 2017 the conservative Sebastian Kurz...

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Austria goes Ibiza: policies for sale as a system

By Patricia Huber / 27 September, 2019

Austria is facing new elections. After the publication of a video that has become famous as ‘Ibiza video’, the coalition of the conservative ÖVP and the far-right FPÖ broke up, and the Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz lost a motion of no confidence in parliament. What FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache planned...

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Young people are interested in more than “youth”

By Maj Jensen Christensen / 18 September, 2019

During the campaign for the European elections, in several Member States there was no focus on young people. As parties are cynically busy with vote-maximising, it is hard to blame them: the population of Europe is ageing, and young generations only make up around 26% of the general population. Not...

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Out of the Doldrums

By László Andor / 16 September, 2019

The 2019 European Parliament (EP) elections saw Social Democracy falling to a historic low. In the new EP, the share of seats held by Socialist, Social-Democratic and related progressive parties is the lowest ever. Overall electoral support for progressives continues to show a downward trend in Europe, calling for a...

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“The question about Europe is: will this ship be repaired in the middle of the storm?”

By Geert Mak / 13 September, 2019

Geert Mak has investigated social change during the 20th century and various levels: a village in Friesland, in the northern Netherlands, a big city: Amsterdam, but most notably in his Opus Magnus ‘In Europe’ for which he has travelled the continent criss-cross, during the whole last year of the last...

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Strengthening social policies to counter nationalists

By Laurent Berger / 12 September, 2019

The staggering blow of the rise of the right and extreme right is hard to integrate. What are the challenges for Progressives to regain ground? How do we stem the nationalist wave? Read the interview with Laurent  Berger, the new president of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) by Alain...

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The Iberian driver for European Social Democracy

By Javi López / 5 September, 2019

Today, the Iberian Peninsula is sending out a message of hope to the rest of the European continent. The Socialist parties that lead the Portuguese and the Spanish governments have both secured a remarkable 33 percent of electoral support in the recent European elections and are in a position to...

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“The technocratic approach is not credible anymore” – real debate is needed

By Luuk van Middelaar / 4 September, 2019

In his recent book, ‘Alarums and Excursions – improvising politics on the European stage’, the Dutch historian Luuk van Middelaar analyses how a decade of crises – from the financial chaos of the euro and the Greek sovereign debt, the conflicts with Russia over Ukraine, unprecedented levels of refugees from...

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House of Cards – European version

By Elena Gil / 2 September, 2019

Like Claire and Frank Underwood, well known to fans of the TV series House of Cards, the Franco-German couple, formed by Chancellor Merkel and President Macron, preferred to pursue their own petty domestic interests despite the ecological challenge and the crisis of representative democracy. Some historians will probably say that...

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