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Austria: no easy coalition for Kurz

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 ...
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From open doors to a closed society

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 ...
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Democracy could not be saved without addressing social inequality

According to a recent German study, inequality regarding access to education and health care, raises the probability of the collapse of democracy. Researchers Julia Leininger, Anna Luhrmann, and Rachel Sigman from the German Development Institute (Deutsches ...
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Europe must stand up for its core security interests

Amid escalating nuclear rhetoric, the Iran Deal and INF-Treaty have collapsed – and the New START treaty is set to expire next year. The current US policy on nuclear weapons is a provocation to EU security ...
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The EU and lifting the shadow of nuclear proliferation

The threat of nuclear proliferation around the globe today is greater than it has been for at least  a quarter of a century. Two of the main sources of contagion are in Tehran and Pyongyang, but ...
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“Exploit and Dump”. That’s how Czech state treats foreign workers with short-term visas

The Czech Republic wants to use migrants economically but at the same time wants to stop them from settling and integrating into the country. Do you know how labour migration to the Czech Republic works? Its ...
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Czech social democrats find themselves in a government trap

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 ...
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The new European Parliament: tackling the triple injustice of climate change

The recent election to the European Parliament marked a turning point in the EU’s history: for the first time, rising concerns about climate change and environmental degradation became a significant factor in electoral choices. Climate change ...
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Social Impacts of Transition

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 ...
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Nuclear arms: saving the international rules-based system

Since Donald Trump entered the White House, there have been sustained attacks on the treaty architecture that underpins the international rules-based system that most countries struggle to uphold and extend. This is particularly marked in terms ...
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Direct democracy to empower parliamentarism and public discourse

Only with direct democracy as a complement to representative democracy the government power will really come from the people. Direct democracy strengthens representative democracy: it makes it more representative. Direct-democratic procedures encourage public discourse and thus ...
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Saving nuclear disarmament in the time of Trump

The threat of the use of nuclear weapons is a concern for mankind, not just for the few States with nuclear capacities. Therefore, multilateral forums remain the most prominent places to address fears and hopes of ...
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