1945 versus 1995, Europe versus the Balkans?
How many times have you heard someone say "Europe has been at peace since 1945" or "There has been no war in Europe since 1945"? The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, which left over 130,000 people dead and created millions of displaced persons and refugees, are quickly forgotten (not to mention the war that has been under way in Eastern Ukraine since 2014). When challenged about this, people's response tends to be: "Oh well, obviously I was referring to the EU."
We Need a Global Struggle for Health
COVID-19’s arrival in the West has exposed the fragility and deterioration of our healthcare systems, but the pandemic merely accelerated and exacerbated a situation caused by the ongoing attempt to commodify the health care sector pushed by neoliberal ruling classes worldwide.
“Our Reason, Our Heart for One Another”
Six weeks after the first corona virus case was reported in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel opened herself up to questions from the public for the first time. In an urgent appeal to the population, she called for solidarity: “Our reason, our heart for one another” were being put to the test, she said, and she hoped we would pass the test. But how solidary can a society be when its social relations of which are based on competition, the credo of which is “every man for himself, every man for his own”? And what kind of solidarity are we talking about?
Parliamentary elections in Austria
Fresh elections were held in Austria on Sunday, 29 September. They were called after the Ibiza video had blown apart the governing coalition between the right-wing conservative Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) and the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and a motion of no confidence by the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) had prevented the ÖVP from governing alone.
Outgoing government: Infighting lead to the fall of the Danish right
Since its election in 2015, Denmark’s rightist government had been struggling to keep control of a chaotic coalition. The liberal party Venstre, led by Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, insisted on keeping the minority government afloat by making a long range of devastating concessions to the ultra-liberalists in Liberal Alliance and the nationalists in Dansk Folkeparti ...
The core of the yellow vest movement rejects the far right
Quantité Critique (Critical Mass) is a group of sociology lecturers, doctoral students and undergraduates who have been investigating social movements in France since September 2018. For their survey on the ‘gilets jaunes’ (yellow vests) movement, they distributed questionnaires in a number of national Facebook groups linked to the movement ...
Decline of the Left
Defenders of Czechia According to a survey by Ipsos MORI, although four out of five Czechs are interested in environmental issues such as the sustainability of agriculture, nature conservation and emission reduction, the most fundamental issue of European elections for 86% of Czech voters is terrorism ...
First Defeat of the »Levica« and Victory of the Traditional Established Parties
Political parties with a well-developed political network all around the country won 6 out of 8 seats. Before the elections, the public polls were showing a tightly matched battle for the 8 seats allocated to Slovenia in the European Parliament. According to these polls, even 1% of votes for a specific party could completely change the outcome of who would be moving to Brussels ...
European elections in Belgium: two countries in one
On May 26 2019 Belgium had European, federal and regional elections. What opinion polls did not show three months ago started to emerge two to three weeks before the elections: a surge of the far right in Flanders. The radical left also grew considerably and will, as expected, have one French speaking member in the European Parliament ...
The End of an Era
Amidst Brexit and the rise of populist, EU-skepticist parties all over the continent, the results of the European Parliament elections mark a historical decrease in Danish Euro-criticism leaving climate politics the only common area of political attention where Denmark follows the tendency of the result of the elections on the continent ...
The Italian populism paint it black
After one year at the government, the Italian populist coalition composed by the 5 Stars Movement and the Lega Nord, the formula of Mediterranean populism has been reversed. On March 4, 2018, the 5 Stars Movement was the leading party, with 32% of the votes, and the Lega Nord was their coalition partner to form the government, with 17% of the preferences ...
A Rightward Shift and Early Parliamentary Elections
The results of the European elections in Greece are a clear victory for right-wing New Democracy (ND), which took first place with a 9-point lead over the Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza), which has governed the country since 2015. Overall, this result is confirmed by the local government elections (regional and municipal elections took place in the same day) ...
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