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

By Georgi Pirinski / 9 April, 2021

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 […]

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Dutch elections 2021: no recovery of Social Democracy!

By Hans Keman / 23 March, 2021

All left-wing parties experience a dramatic loss of votes in the recent elections in the Netherlands. The Labour Party did not lose votes but remain at their all-time low. Short-term reasons explain in part the poor performance. But long-term factors explain why Social Democracy will remain in dire straits. In […]

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Inclusive nationalism wins in America

By John Halpin / 9 November, 2020

Joe Biden and American voters decisively defeat Donald Trump by focusing on character and a vision of post-Covid national renewal grounded on pragmatic policies for jobs, growth, and economic security for all people.  With the results now called in several key battleground states, the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and […]

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The rule of law stalemate

By László Andor / 22 October, 2020

The seven-year financial framework and the recovery budget of the European Union have been taken hostage by a bitter dispute over the rule of law. The European Parliament (EP) asserts itself as a guardian of EU values, imposing its requirements at last on the spending machinery of the Union. The […]

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Edificio abandonado

The revenge of the ‘places that don’t matter’

By Andrés Rodríguez Pose / 4 September, 2020

Populism is on the rise all over the developed world. In many parts of Europe, populist parties have seen their share of votes multiply in recent years. The analysis of these movements often concentrates on the motivations of individual voters. But one crucial factor has largely remained under the radar: […]

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Immigration: defending openness against isolationism

By Philippe Fargues / 21 February, 2020

Migration has ceased to be a hot topic but taking a moment of respite at the EU’s Mediterranean borders for a sustainable response to the migration issue is a political mistake.

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The Sardines – an antidote to right-wing populism

By Edoardo Caroli / 6 February, 2020

Born in Italy, the Sardines could encourage people to stand against populism everywhere in Europe and the world.

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Italian stable instability: Fighting the waves

By Mauro Calise / 6 February, 2020

Weighing in the consequences of a defeat, one can better appreciate the fact that the Italian politics are just back to a “business as usual” mode, the so-called stable instability

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Funeral rites for Italian populism are still premature

By Lucia Annunziata / 6 February, 2020

Following last local Italian elections, it’s early to suggest that because of the Emilia-Romagna setback, all is lost to Salvini.

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Spain: in search of a new beginning

By Oriol Bartomeus / 13 November, 2019

Vox has profited of the many crisis that remain open in the Spanish political system: clearly the territorial crisis, with Catalonia, but also the social and political crisis in which has transfigured the economic crash of 2008.

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