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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 […]

Israeli Progressives should reach out more to their international partners

The progressive camp in Israel has been trying for years to find its way back to the corridors of power and influence. So far unsuccessfully. Those seeking ways for change often wonder whether the solution to Israel’s problems will emerge from outside, for example driven by international action. Or if it may come from within, […]

Budging beyond Brexit

For half a century I have campaigned for a united Europe with Britain playing a full role. The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) that was approved by the British Parliament on 30 December heralded, for me, a very bad and very very painful day. The TCA finalises Britain’s divorce from the most successful peace project […]

Last call for the Dutch Left?

Last week’s elections in the Netherlands show a disastrous result for the three traditional left-wing parties. But defining themselves by emphasising their differences, steadily diminishes their common impact. There is a debate on uniting these three parties into one. A major intervention is certainly required, but a merger should not be the only solution. This […]

New Zealand stays together in a troubled world

In the troubled times of the pandemic, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been re-elected with a landslide victory. It is the biggest victory of any party since New Zealand adopted a proportional voting system in 1996. And it is a resounding confirmation of PM Ardern’s stewardship during the crisis. “Elections aren’t always great […]

The changing face of New Zealand’s parliament

With the recent elections, New Zealand’s parliament has started looking more and more like the country’s society – in all its diversity. However, the increased share of female representation, of LGBTQIA+ MPs, of representatives with Māori, Pacific or other ethnicities is largely due to the slates of the progressive parties. This is in large part […]

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