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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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Resist the ‘Zeitgeist’

By Robert Misik / 7 January, 2019

The Left is in crisis. Specifically the left parties are in crisis. It’s mostly parties that have stopped resisting, parties that gave in to a neoliberal ‘Zeitgeist’. We need to see them fighting again.   We talk about the ‘crisis of the Left’, or ‘the Left in crisis, but we...

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“WHAT IS TO BE DONE”

By Susan George / 19 December, 2018

Social Democrats have been sliding into the neoliberal trap – and lost many voters on the way. But there are answers to the question, ‘what is to be done’: facing electoral realities, renouncing neo-liberalism and going green are amongst them.   In 1971, the Republican US President Richard Nixon announced,...

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The Progressive Way in the Invention of the European Union

By Maria João Rodrigues / 5 December, 2018

In spite of overlapping crises, the EU remains the most advanced case of supranational cooperation in human history. Will it survive in a world with big power struggles and nationalistic forces testing a comeback?   This will be at stake in the next years, and it is why next European...

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Call to the Left

By Luca Visentini / 4 December, 2018

The Left must seize European elections as opportunity to transform Europe and guarantee sustainable well-being for everyone.   The current European project is unable to build a prosperous, shared future for everyone in all countries – economic and social indicators across Europe clearly point in this direction. Certainly, the European...

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European elections 2019: can the SPD recover ?

By Jana Faus / 28 October, 2018

After the SPD’s historically low result in the November 2017 federal elections, the German Social Democrats entrusted the analysis of the defeat to a commission of 5 experts, who presented their more than 100 pages strong report Aus Fehlern lernen (‘learning from errors’) to the public in June 2018. Amongst...

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Change living conditions to counter social chauvinism

By Oliver Nachtwey / 28 October, 2018

In the early 20th century, many thought leaders of Social Democracy were convinced that “new social risks” – such as demographic change – would shape the social conflict of the future. Instead of the conflict between capital and labour, the social question would increasingly play out in conflict and problems...

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‘Millennials and women are the future of social democracy’

By André Krouwel / 28 October, 2018

While social democratic parties are being weakened by a new populist mobilisation in Europe, André Krouwel, founder of the the Dutch voting advice website ‘Kieskompas’ and political scientist at the Free University of Amsterdam, urges Social Democrats to target women and Millennials, two groups sensitive to sever social injustice.  ...

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Success or failure? How can Sweden Democrats benefit from the election results?

By Anna-Lena Lodenius / 27 October, 2018

How long can the other parties reject Sweden Democrats after the last Swedish election?   Sweden Democrats, SD, has always been an isolated party in Swedish politics, to a large extend due to the dark Neo-Nazi history. But SD got almost 18 per cent of the votes, a big step...

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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...