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Spain: in search of a new beginning

By Oriol Bartomeus / 20 November, 2019

The repetition of the general elections that took place on Sunday, November 10th, has shown that Spain stays where it was… although a little worse. The radicalization of the right has destroyed the centre-right and propelled the extreme right to the third place, with 3.6 million votes and 52 seats...

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From open doors to a closed society

By Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz / 2 October, 2019

On June 4, 1989 – on the same day that students died in Tiananmen Square – parliamentary elections were held in Poland. For the first time, real opposition candidates were allowed to participate. The resulting opposition-led government opened the door to historical changes in the country and beyond. The 2004...

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Bridging the gap between technology and progressive politics

By Donatella Della Ratta / 10 May, 2019

There are several overlapping topics pointing at a widening of gap between politics and the use of internet technologies in society. We feel that we can no longer keep these spaces separated, or leave them surrounded by ambiguities and grey areas, or appropriated by alt-right groups, populism or regressive politics....

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Elections under attack

By Max Bergmann / 26 April, 2019

Today, US and European elections occur in a period of increased geopolitical competition but also against the backdrop of an increasingly volatile political and communications environment. The upcoming European elections are no exception: the threat of Russian interference is real. Every election in the US and Europe since 2016 has...

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Populists are social media savvy

By Jean-Yves Camus / 26 April, 2019

Populists use social media to target younger voters and bypass traditional mainstream media that are seen as hostile. They create the impression that they are the truly modern parties, while their opponents, who were not able to catch up, still rely on old-style politics. Did you know that the French...

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Sharing the cake equally

By Andreas Schieder / 20 April, 2019

Nationalism and right-wing populism are on the rise in Austria and throughout Europe. The Progressive strategy to counter them: upholding Progressive values and showing how the European idea is linked to them. At the same time, we need a Union that improves people’s daily lives: a social European Union. In...

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Mind the Gap: populism and gender

By Giulia Zacchia / 9 April, 2019

The challenge for Progressive forces to regain their constituencies calls for a revigorated 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 being...

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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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