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Ireland – a swing to the Left and a Labour Party left behind

By Chloe Manahan / 13 February, 2020

For the first time in Ireland’s history, the Left has won the general elections on February 8th. That the Labour Party played so small a role in this victory is a cause for deep reflection, but not, I would argue, for despair.  Though some ardent supporters of other parties will...

Europe and Social Democracy: two linked projects

By Adriana Lastra / 23 January, 2020

At a time of uncertainty and fragility for European politics, the PSOE victories in the last five elections held in Spain last year, reminds how it is important to highlight the importance of a Social Democratic project which is capable of resisting the rise of the far-right, Eurosceptic populism and...

European solidarity – added value for the Polish judiciary independence

By Bartosz Rydlinski / 17 January, 2020

On Saturday, January 11th, we witnessed a March of a Thousand Robes’ in Warsaw. It was an unprecedented event because nobody remembers such a manifestation of legal circles in recent Polish history. Thousands of judges, attorneys, solicitors and prosecutors have taken part in a silent protest against the ongoing illiberal...

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The deceptive opposition between nationalists and progressives

By Didier Fassin / 12 November, 2019

Thinking he could replay the scenario of his 2017 presidential campaign, during which he had presented himself as a bulwark against the far right, the French President Emmanuel Macron made the alternative between progressives and nationalists the central issue in the European elections. But is his authoritarian neoliberalism so far...

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“A decade before the Berlin Wall came down, the corrosion of the social welfare state started with the neoliberal turn”

By Wolfgang Engler / 8 November, 2019

The German sociologist Wolfgang Engler examines the question what happened to (Eastern) Germany in the past three decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall from the inside. In his last book – together with the journalist and writer Jana Hensel – “Wer wir sind. Die Erfahrung, ostdeutsch zu sein”...

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Defending Progressivism

By Patrick Diamond / 28 October, 2019

The French president Emmanuel Macron claims to embody today’s progressivism, as opposed to ‘nationalism’. The profound difficulty for his concept though is that he lacks both a rigorous analysis of capitalism, and a clear understanding of the enduring importance of nation-states. A new concept of progressivism in Europe has to...

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Visegrád Plus: is there a chance to go beyond the Eastern discomfort?

By Ania Skrzypek / 25 October, 2019

Towards the end of the previous legislative period, the so-called V4 (Visegrád Group) countries came to a peak point of resentment in their relations with the European Union. To be clear, they would not always act together or conspire to arrive at Brussels summits with a consolidated agenda. But nonetheless...

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Swiss Federal Election: More than one election

By Peter Hug / 24 October, 2019

Switzerland gets much greener, more feminist and is moving significantly to the left. These are the main results of the national elections, which took place on 20th October. The election reflects a huge mobilisation for gender equality (500.000 women went on strike on 14 June 2019) and for climate protection...

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Horizons and demarcation lines

By Ania Skrzypek / 22 October, 2019

From today’s perspective, the 1990s may seem like ancient history. The images of the Polish Solidarność trade union rising and the fall of the Berlin Wall remind us of the transition, during which the populations of Central and Eastern Europe chose a democratic path and reunification with the West. Soon...

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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...

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