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UK Brexit Analysis

After Brexit, should the Eurozone pursue full political union?

Brendan Simms in the New Statesman Magazine about possible trajectories of the European Union after the Brexit.21 November 2016 | Brendan Simms
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Populism Opinion analysis

Populism is not the problem

Why we should focus on values in political debate instead of style25 July 2017 | Hanno Burmester
"AfD Wahlkampfauftakt" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by strassenstriche.net

Populism is everywhere these days. Not only as a phenomenon but also as a topic in political discourse. Yet, the closer you look at it, the more you will realize that populism is quite a messy term. It signifies everything from an unease towards dissent, to the fear of a weakened democracy. More importantly, once you get a grip on how you define the term you will realize that populism may be destructive and inflammatory but is not the real problem. It is mostly a symptom for fundamental conflicts in society.

BREXIT Analysis

Does Tony Blair have an answer to Shakespeare’s Hotspur?

Professor Richard Rose analyses the result of the Brexit referendum3 April 2017 | Richard Rose
Photo: Center for American Progress (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Tony Blair’s call to spirits to rise up from the deep to throw off Brexit was worthy of Owen Glendower’s faith in his magical powers. So too is the reply that Shakespeare gave Hotspur: ‘Why so can I or so can any man. But will they come when you do call for them?’ Blair’s cosmopolitan audience showed there are people in the City of London welcoming his call to remain in the European Union. But his talk gave no hint of how troops raised in the Square Mile could successfully capture Parliament. (more…)

Migration & Integration Opinion

Smart thinking is needed to control immigration

Might it be possible for the government to copy Switzerland and focus on internal controls?23 March 2017
Photo: David McKelvey (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Internal controls are a smarter modern way of controlling immigration and should be examined carefully before a unilateral Home Office decision – almost certainly unworkable – turns Article 50 into a train crash.

Populism Analysis

We Need Good Answers Now

Hanno Burmester on the election of Donald Trump11 January 2017 | Hanno Burmester
"Question the Answers" (CC BY 2.0) by walknboston

The helplessness of the left allows the triumph of the right. Five hypotheses on the election of Donald Trump

Populism Analysis

What We Can Learn from Populists – A Populist Backlash in the Philippines

Duterte: The Success of the "Celebrity Maverick"2 January 2017 | Sophie Pornschlegel
"✊👊 Atin to pre! #Duterte #dutertefo" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by incrediblethots

How come the “celebrity maverick” has proven so successful with his unconventional, violent and vile approach? Why does Duterte’s populism attract so many voters and enabled him to become President?

Populism Analysis

After Trump’s Success: A Convergence of the Populist Challenge

21 December 2016
© Axel Schlotzer

The unexpected happened and we are still searching for an answer why it happened and what might be the adequate response. This essay attempts to look for the reasons of the current success of populists on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and to face the challenge that is produced by this convergence.

Populism Analysis

Populism: Not Left, not Right, not an Alternative?

A symptom of a failing political culture15 November 2016 | Sophie Pornschlegel
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For a few years now, Western liberal democracies have seen the rise in populist parties on the far left and on the far right of the political spectrum, while mainstream parties do not seem to convince dissatisfied voters any more. Is populism an alternative to traditional left and right wing political parties, as most of them pretend to be?

Populism Spain Germany Analysis

Political Communication of Populist Parties: The cases of Podemos and AfD

The Digital Advantage and Social Media Authority of Populist Parties4 November 2016 | Elena García Mañes, Sophie Pornschlegel
"AfD Demonstration 30 August 2013 Marienp" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Metropolico.org, "Podemos logo _DDC1888" (CC BY 2.0) by Abode of Chaos, Modified from originals

The Spanish party Podemos and the German “Alternative for Germany” could not be, apparently, more opposed. However, there is one thing which brings them together: They both successfully use digital communication to reach their electorate in new, unmediated ways.

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