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Mind the Gap: populism and gender

By Giulia Zacchia / 21 February, 2019

The challenge for Progressive forces of regaining their constituencies calls for a reinvigorated focus on social issues in order to counteract socioeconomic inequalities. Bear in mind that most citizens are women!   Since the 1990s, the gender gap in voting behaviour have been realigning in advanced industrial societies with women...

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European Parliament: illiberal take-over is not on the cards

By Tobias Gerhard Schminke / 25 January, 2019

There are fears that the illiberal right-wing might take over in the 2019 European Election. Tobias Gerhard Schminke, founder of @EuropeElects, indeed sees big wins for the hard far-right and big losses for the centre-left – but according to current polls, the European Parliament won’t fall into the hands of...

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Migration for a new european asylum

By Gesine Schwan / 4 December, 2018

Whether the EU will remain a democratic institution following the European Parliament elections in May 2019 will depend on majority support. The populist right-wing is determined to exploit the refugee issue – which has been unresolved for years – to establish an illiberal Europe. There is a realistic chance that...

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Elections in Brazil: Some Reflections on the implications for relations with the EU

By Celso Amorim / 9 November, 2018

Optimistically, one might be tempted to think that, once the elections were over and victory assured, attitudes and declarations would become more rational and realistic. So far it has not been the case. Threats against persons and social movements continue to be made by the new elected President and his...

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Powerless Arguments: Demagogue and Populist Language

By Robert Feustel / 28 October, 2018

Right wing populist language doesn’t speak to reason. It plays with emotions and stereotypes, with the purpose of strengthening the differences between the emphatic “us” and the stranger. Hence, it is mostly impossible to out-argue them. We have to find other ways of dealing with right-wing demagogue communication  patterns.  ...

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Matteo Salvini, the anti-immigration storyteller of Italian politics

By Eleonora Poli / 28 October, 2018

The anti-immigration narrative is granting him even more influence. Since the results of the national election, the Lega has reached around 30% of popular support, overtaking the Five Star Movement.   As incredible as it might sound, since the March 2018 national elections, Salvini, the Secretary of the Lega and...

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Illiberal Gender Politics in Central Europe

By Weronika Grzebalska / 28 October, 2018

The ban on Gender Studies reminds us that a gender analysis is crucial to understand the Central European regime transformations. Illiberal governments challenge the liberal equality paradigm and infrastructure while at the same time introducing policies that benefit many women, forcing us to rethink illiberal gender politics outside of the...

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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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Ignoring no more: Germany must face the challenge

By Sönke Schmidt / 28 October, 2018

In the federal election of 2017, German citizens refused in numbers to follow the governmental narrative of the need to open up EU and German borders to refugees. While an open migration policy was officially maintained, radical populism with xenophobic undertones becomes a constant pattern of domestic politics and electoral...

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Social Democrats still Sweden’s largest party

By Håkan A Bengtsson / 27 October, 2018

After the Swedish election on September 9 the question of who will rule Sweden is highly uncertain. The Social Democrats’ share of the vote fell from 31 percent in 2014 to 28.3 percent in 2018 but this figure was higher than that forecast in the public opinion polls carried out...