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Austria: no easy coalition for Kurz

By Maria Maltschnig / 3 October, 2019

Conservatives and Greens scored well in the Austrian elections, while the Social Democrats fell to a historic low. The previously strong far-right finally stumbled over its numerous scandals. Until last Sunday, most political analysts agreed that events that occur less than ten days before an election don’t lead to significant...

Czech social democrats find themselves in a government trap.

Czech social democrats find themselves in a government trap

By Filip Outrata / 18 September, 2019

The disadvantageous government coalition with the pragmatic-populist ANO party (Renew Europe) led by Andrej Babiš is a threat not only to ČSSD but to the left as such. An easy solution does not seem to be on the horizon. I wonder how many members of the Czech Social Democratic Party...

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The Iberian driver for European Social Democracy

By Javi López / 5 September, 2019

Today, the Iberian Peninsula is sending out a message of hope to the rest of the European continent. The Socialist parties that lead the Portuguese and the Spanish governments have both secured a remarkable 33 percent of electoral support in the recent European elections and are in a position to...

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Social Impacts of Transition

By Mitchell A Orenstein / 30 July, 2019

The post-communist transition is often viewed as an economic success story in the West – even though with difficulties. Many in the East, however, have painful memories. In a number of countries, authoritarian nationalist governments have come to power, promising to right the perceived wrongs of the transition period. Thirty...

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Hungarian democracy – from best in class to failing grade?

By Péter Niedermüller / 30 July, 2019

In 1989, Hungarians saw democracy as an enormous hope for an open and free society. 30 years on, Hungary is an officially ‘illiberal state’ based on nationalism, corruption. The opposition is fragmented, the society is divided along political, economic and geographic lines. The progressive left doesn’t have answers. The symbolic...

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The way forward: a Popular Front

By Paul Mason / 23 May, 2019

Paul Mason argues that the Left needs to draw inspiration from the 1930s ‘popular front’ idea and increase their prospects of gaining power by forming red-red-green alliances.   To fight the resurgent right effectively, we need to understand what is driving it. For me it is not about economic performance...

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Spain: slow change for women’s rights

By Alazne Irigoien / 7 May, 2019

Measures in favour of more gender equality, adopted during the last ten months, have contributed to Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’ electoral success. But the issue is not off the table in Spain for years to come. This was illustrated by the image of the all-male candidates and councillors at the...

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Spain: the far-right discourse during the campaign

By Luis Arroyo / 7 May, 2019

They did it in Spain, too. VOX, the far-right party, enters the Spanish parliament after the recent national elections. Although their vote share (10%) is not that big, compared to their brother parties in Europe (Poland 38%, France 34%, Austria 26%, Denmark 21%, Italy 17%), and the party did not...

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Slovakia: what can the European Left learn from Zuzana Caputova’s victory?

By Jakub Patočka / 24 April, 2019

The resounding victory of the Slovak environmental activist and public interest lawyer Zuzana Čaputova in the Slovak presidential elections shows that it is possible to beat the rising tide of xenophobic policies in post-soviet countries. It almost looks like a story too nice to be true. For some time already,...

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Why millennials are reluctant to vote – and what it means for Progressives

By David Harley / 14 April, 2019

Progressives have been tormented by a series of political paroxysms of the past years. When looking for who to blame, they sometimes point to Millennials. Our youngest voters – broadly defined as those born between the mid-1980s and the early 2000s – have been accused of lacking political commitment. Even...

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