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Social Impacts of Transition

By Mitchell A Orenstein / 30 July, 2019

The post-communist transition is often viewed as an economic success story in the West – even though with difficulties. Many in the East, however, have painful memories. In a number of countries, authoritarian nationalist governments have come to power, promising to right the perceived wrongs of the transition period. Thirty...

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Hungarian democracy – from best in class to failing grade?

By Péter Niedermüller / 30 July, 2019

In 1989, Hungarians saw democracy as an enormous hope for an open and free society. 30 years on, Hungary is an officially ‘illiberal state’ based on nationalism, corruption. The opposition is fragmented, the society is divided along political, economic and geographic lines. The progressive left doesn’t have answers. The symbolic...

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“The left remains too often fixated on denouncing issues, without providing any creative solutions”

By Jean-Michel Lafleur / 28 October, 2018

Preferring to talk about a political crisis, or a crisis of reception rather than a migratory crisis, Jean-Michel Lafleur explains in this interview with the Progressive Post, how much nationalist parties have succeeded to frame the migration debate, while the left has remained too sluggish.   The Progressive Post: The...

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Reflections on the June 2018 Turkish Elections

By Nebil İlseven / 27 June, 2018

The elections on June 24 served as the “finishing touch” in realizing the structural alteration of the political landscape of the country as was ratified by an earlier referendum in 2016. The elections were a procedural step forward with the implementation of constitutional changes whereby the ruling party cemented its...

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Conservative Turkey votes for one-man rule

By Max Hoffman / 27 June, 2018

Before writing anything about the June 24, 2018 Turkish election, it is important to note one crucial point: the vote was deeply, fundamentally unfair. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) held the election under a state of emergency, allowing centrally-appointed governors to control opposition...

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Reflections on Brexit – Implications for the Future of Europe

By Jernej Pikalo / 6 September, 2016

The outcome of the UK vote on its membership of the European Union is sobering and worrying at the same time. It took many by surprise. It confirmed the potency of populist national politics on the one hand and, on the other hand, it highlighted the inability of the European...

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