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German federal election: Is there a trend toward more candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds?

Germany is a diverse society, but is this diversity reflected in the candidates who stand for election? Drawing on new research ahead of the German federal election on 26 September, Julia Schulte-Cloos finds there has been a general trend toward greater numbers of candidates from minority backgrounds, but this varies substantially between German parties. According to official numbers, around a quarter of all Germans have a so-called ‘migration background’. Yet as in many other European...

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Principals, agents, and passing the buck: How delegation is used by leaders to manage blame

Delegation can improve the efficiency of policymaking and generate a sense of shared responsibility. Yet when it goes wrong, it can undermine accountability, create conflicts, and aid corruption. Drawing on a new book, Neil Mitchell explains how delegation can be used to manage blame, and why accepted accounts of the principal-agent relationship are incomplete. Dominic Raab, the now former UK Foreign Secretary, was surprised while holidaying in Crete by events in Afghanistan. He...

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Tensions between the US and Europe do not spell the end of ‘the West’

In his first address to the United Nations as US President on 21 September, Joe Biden called for unity amid tensions between the US and its European allies. But do these tensions spell the end of ‘the West’? Drawing on a new book, Jussi Hanhimäki asks whether the rollercoaster-like evolution of the transatlantic relationship is in fact an indication of the strong bonds that hold the West together. There is no hope. Wherever you look, it appears patently obvious that the ‘West’ has been...

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German federal election: Is the AfD broadening its appeal to voters?

At the last German federal election in 2017, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) attracted headlines for its hardline stance against immigration. Michael A. Hansen writes that while the party has published a similar manifesto ahead of the 2021 federal election, there has been a noticeable shift toward a more moderate campaigning style. For much of the postwar period, populist radical right parties have had little success in German politics. However, this all changed with the rise of the...

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German federal election: Are the Greens on the cusp of government?

The German Greens have seen their polling numbers decline in the final weeks of campaigning before Germany’s federal election on 26 September. Yet as Charles Lees explains, with the party still in third place, it remains highly likely the Greens could play a major role in the country’s next government. The German Greens entered 2021 in upbeat political mood. In the last federal election in 2017, the party had confounded low expectations, polling a respectable 8.9 per cent of the vote...

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How Boris Johnson ‘fixed social care’ – and what could have been fixed better

The UK has announced a new health and social care levy that will see national insurance contributions rise by 1.25% for both employees and employers. Bernard H Casey draws on the experiences of Germany and Japan, where contributions dedicated to paying for care are raised. He also assesses whether a better approach may be possible. Boris Johnson not only broke his party’s election promises when he announced his solution for dealing with the problem of long-term care – no tax rises – he...

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Who gets what? Understanding the new politics of insecurity

The decline of traditional industries, the rise of globalisation, and rapid technological change have created a profound sense of insecurity for many people across Europe and the United States. Drawing on a new book, Frances McCall Rosenbluth and Margaret Weir explain how this insecurity has opened up a new kind of politics. In both the United States and Europe, the shift away from manufacturing toward a service economy, the new rigours introduced by the open global economy, and the...

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What the EU’s Media Freedom Act could mean for journalism in Europe

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, provided details on a new Media Freedom Act during her State of the Union speech on 15 September. Damian Tambini assesses the potential of the initiative, writing that it can be viewed as both a power grab and a principled protection of press freedom. Journalists have been killed in Greece, Malta, the Netherlands and Slovakia in recent years, and there has been a crackdown on independent media in Hungary and Poland. EU...

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After Afghanistan, Europe needs to see the world for what it is and make the best of it

EU foreign policy has long been oriented around the promotion of key values such as democracy and respect for human rights. But is this value-driven approach still viable? Hans Kribbe argues that in a world where the United States no longer appears willing to provide global leadership, the EU will have to put pragmatism above its principles. “America is back” are three words Joe Biden is not likely to use again any time soon. Addressing the nation after the last US plane left Kabul,...

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Tensions over Afghan refugees will lead to ever more transactional EU-Turkey ties

The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban has raised fears in both the EU and Turkey of a new refugee crisis emerging. Luigi Scazzieri writes that the situation is likely to lead to ever more transactional EU-Turkey ties, with both sides pushed to work together to manage migration, but without a broader improvement in their relations. The Taliban’s seizure of power in Afghanistan has already pushed many Afghans to flee the country. It is likely that more will seek to leave in the coming...

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