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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 […]

A great window of opportunity for a progressive agenda in Europe

The 2019 European elections finally saw the turnout going slightly up. In parallel, Social Democrats noted an unanticipated positive result. Almost two years into the legislative period, despite the pandemic, the polls consistently show two tendencies. First, Europeans tend to be positive about the EU in numbers comparable to before the 2008 crash. Second, progressives […]

The missing link between (academic) knowledge and the EU governance of migration

In March 2020, a number of academics in charge of different EU funded projects concerned with migration sent an open letter to the European Commission (EC). By addressing the President of the EC and the commissioners for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Home Affairs, and Crisis Management, about 50 prominent scholars lamented policymakers’ neglect […]

Political parties in the time of Covid

The Covid pandemic has exacerbated political parties’ separation from society and their ensuing loss of representativeness. Depending on whether they are in government or opposition, they have been transformed into representatives of the government in society or behind-the-scenes fomenters of societal discontent. Differences across parties thus depend more on their position with respect to government […]