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Britain’s Brexit Election: Why now and what next?

By Stewart Wood / 9 May, 2017

When Theresa May called a snap general election in April, she took Britain by surprise. It shouldn’t have. Riding high in the polls and with her opponents in trouble, Theresa May wants a mandate for a tough Brexit negotiating position, and a majority in Parliament for her own domestic agenda....

A bowling alley election

By Émeric Brehier / 8 May, 2017

A great deal has already been said about this presidential election: a hold-up, an unforgettable election, a coconut-shy election, a populist election, a disaster for the so-called mainstream parties, the demonisation of the National Front … and many many more. In reality all of this can be said to be...

Youth Participation in EU Elections is Falling: Differences across Member States

By Doru Frantescu / 5 October, 2016

Data from the last European elections shows a sharp decrease in the turnout of young people voting. Even more worryingly, the gap between the participation of the oldest generation and the youngest one is widening. While an opposite trend can be observed in some of the Member States such as...

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Restoring Confidence in Politics

By Anne Muxel / 5 October, 2016

The attraction of populist parties in segments of the European youth isn’t new. But in recent years it has gained momentum in many countries and has led to the consolidation of a strong electoral base. Parties that merge anti-immigration policies with a nationalist focus and an anti-establishment stance have been...

Youth and Right Wing Populism in Europe – a Perspective from Lower Saxony

By Birgit Honé / 5 October, 2016

“Let’s imagine we wake up one morning and realise that suddenly all people have the same skin colour and share the same religion. Without doubt, we would come up with a new prejudice by noon” wrote the German philosopher Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, in the 18th century.   The rise and...

European Democracy needs “Spitzenkandidaten” in the 2019 European Elections

By Jo Leinen / 5 October, 2016

Members of the European Parliament usually don’t vote according to their nationality, but according to the line of their respective political groups. This transnational competition between different political visions and ideas has not been presented to the electorate during the campaigns for European elections. The gap between the supranational functioning...

Millennials want leaders who do politics differently

By Emma Murphy / 30 September, 2016

Today’s European political leaders bemoan low rates of youth mobilisation in formal institutions, such as political parties and electoral voting, but in doing so they take little account of the fact that the meaning and practice of politics is changing for young citizens. Millennials have no problem with political participation;...

Analysis: The Future Starts Now! 3 Inspiring Lessons from the FEPS Millennial Dialogue

By Ania Skrzypek / 7 September, 2016

We should not expect the millennial generation to become like us – were the words of Frans Timmermans, the First Vice President of the European Commission at the opening of the FEPS 6th Call to Europe. Indeed, it is not about them conforming, but about progressives confronting the stereotypes that...

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