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Cyprus 2021 parliamentary elections: voters, turnout, and winners

Cypriot voters have enduring political opinions and thus long-standing loyalties to a particular party. Voting habits and political beliefs are formulated in childhood and are often affected by the family’s political opinions. Politics generally revolve around the ‘Cypriot problem’, but in this year’s elections the main discussion focused on corruption and widespread disaffection with mainstream […]

Vaccines: Europe will regret privileging profits over people

For a while this spring, it seemed – at least to European residents – that the vaccine nationalism that had led European governments to procure vaccines that had been rapidly produced with government support and fast-tracked official approval, had paid off. Growing numbers of people were vaccinated against the Covid-19 infections and countries began to […]

The EU should enlarge to the Western Balkans now

The EU needs a new policy towards the Western Balkans. It should enlarge to all countries of the region now if it wants to prevent other powers from taking advantage. Left without a concrete prospect of joining the EU, the countries of the Western Balkans are becoming less European and less democratic. The European Union […]

Fixing the ethics of enlargement

The EU’s current approach to enlargement reflects ethical positions that are seemingly promoting a utilitarian, meritocratic and deontological understanding of European integration. But what if the flaws the EU and Western Balkans currently face in their relationship had to do with more these ethics of enlargement than the accession methodology itself? We Europeans take pride […]

A new internationalism on the terms of labour

If progressive European political parties are to achieve both relevance and electoral success, a paradigm shift is required: away from Social Democracy’s attachment to financialised globalisation. If they aim to defeat nationalism, and to end the cycle of debt inflations and deflations on one side and trade wars on the other, it is not only […]

The Bulgarian parliamentary elections of 4 April and the quest for a new social contract

The big winners of the 2021 parliamentary election in Bulgarian were three new parties, that will now enterparliament and that had championed last summer’s “Things Can’t Go on Like This” protests. The ‘systemic’ parties were punished, with prime minister Borissov’s GERB taking first place but with insufficient votes to form a government, thus opening the […]

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