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Lithuania Bucks the Trend

Share the post "Lithuania Bucks the Trend" If the lesson of last month’s election to the European Parliament is that the “establishment” is struggling, then count Lithuania out. Voters across Europe shifted from traditional center-right and center-left parties towards Euroskeptics and national-conservatives on the one hand, and fervently pro-EU liberals and greens on the other. By contrast, in Lithuania, the center-right Homeland Union- Lithuanian Christian Democrats...

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Austria, Post-Ibiza

Share the post "Austria, Post-Ibiza" At first glance, it looks like not much changed in the Austrian elections to the European Parliament compared to 2014. The center-right ÖVP came in first place again, though with considerable gains of eight percent; everyone else basically came in exactly where they had come in before, with the social democrats in second place, the far-right FPÖ losing three per cent to come in third place, and the Greens on the fourth place with 14...

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Denmark: Opportunities without Guarantee

Share the post "Denmark: Opportunities without Guarantee" In the wake of the Brexit referendum, the socialist Red-Green Alliance and the far-right anti-immigrant Danish People’s Party appeared on camera together, issuing a common call for Denmark to follow Britain out of the EU. The prospects for real left-wing engagement in EU politics seemed spectacularly grim. Recently, however, the red-greens have wisely concluded from the chaos of the Brexit negotiations that now...

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Italy: A Push Towards Populism

Share the post "Italy: A Push Towards Populism" Italy voted for the European Parliament on Sunday, and out of the 28 countries that took part in this election, its polls were open the longest. Fears of a further push to the Right became reality in the Union’s fourth largest country: The populist radical right party led by Matteo Salvini came in first, increasing their seats by 19 and, ending up with a total of 24 out of the 73 available seats in Italy. The Democratic...

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The Titanic, or the Eurostar?

Share the post "The Titanic, or the Eurostar?" For anyone in the UK (even pro-Europeans), voting in the European elections on Thursday the 23rd felt a little surreal.  Depending on which side of the divide you stood, you might have felt that this was either a cruel, last whiff of cosmopolitanism designed to elicit maximum nostalgia, or an unwelcome reminder that your side—despite its bombast—had been treading (channel) water for three whole years. These were elections...

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A System of National Cooperation, or a Symptom of National Fragmentation?

Share the post "A System of National Cooperation, or a Symptom of National Fragmentation?" The EP election results in Hungary are an expression of three axes of current Hungarian political life. First, there is the tacit acceptance, if not clear-eyed approval, among many segments of the educated, white upper-middle class strata of Hungarian society of Fidesz’s System of National Cooperation, from which they benefit greatly. That support has essentially resulted in the...

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Consolidation

Share the post "Consolidation" Slowly but steadily, European politics is Europeanizing. While the last round of European elections seemed addled by disputes over the size of bananas and the color of passports, as the philosopher Luuk Van Middelaar put it, this campaign’s themes looked essentially transnational: immigration, climate justice, sovereignty, European security. Some have even proclaimed the final advent of the “public sphere” Europeanists longed for all...

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Une élection européenne en demi-teinte… de gauche

Share the post "Une élection européenne en demi-teinte… de gauche" L’examen des résultats en France est compliqué à mener, si l’on veut sortir de l’instantané médiatique pour prendre un peu de recul dans le temps. Le mouvement Europe-Ecologie Les Verts est en tête avec un étiage de 13,5 %, tendant vers celui des européennes de 2009 (20 %) ; mais le soufflet était violemment retombé ensuite, et rien n’indique que la victoire d’hier sur les autres partis de gauche...

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From de Gaulle to Tartuffe

Share the post "From de Gaulle to Tartuffe" To understand the collapse of Les Républicains, one has only to re-run one of the televised debates that preceded yesterday’s European elections. France2 had asked each of party representative to start off with a show-and-tell: each was to present an object illustrating the deep meaning of his or her party’s campaign. Le Pen’s choice was brilliant: she showed an image of a truck driver, one Loïc, who had suffered, she said,...

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The Netherlands: Politics of Volatility

Share the post "The Netherlands: Politics of Volatility" What should we make of the Dutch elections for the European Parliament? Much of the coverage before the results came in framed the election as a face-off between the right-wing liberal VVD party—the largest party of the governing coalition—and the new far right kid on the block, Forum for Democracy (FvD). This can be explained on the one hand by polling, which had those parties neck in neck at about 15% each,...

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