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    European social democracy is in danger of terminal decline unless it can reengage with its core values

European social democracy is in danger of terminal decline unless it can reengage with its core values

With the rise of parties on the far-right and radical left of European party systems, social democratic parties now face a challenge to retain their support base in several European countries. Tom Angier writes that the primary problem facing social democrats is that they have shifted their appeal away from their core constituencies and the social organisations that previously […]

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    Syriza’s victory in Greece could undermine the effectiveness of EU foreign policy

Syriza’s victory in Greece could undermine the effectiveness of EU foreign policy

Most EU foreign policy decisions require the agreement of all EU member states. Following the victory of Syriza in the Greek elections on 25 January, Kyriakos Moumoutzis assesses the impact the election result will have on both Greek foreign policy and the capacity of the EU to negotiate joint foreign policy positions. He notes that with the Syriza government […]

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    Populist arguments have become more pervasive in Western European countries

Populist arguments have become more pervasive in Western European countries

To what extent has populism become a feature of public debates in European countries? Matthijs Rooduijn employs content analysis to assess the frequency of populist statements in newspaper articles in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK. He concludes that populism is more widespread in these countries than previously assumed, with populist parties not only enjoying more electoral […]

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    Syriza won with a radical left programme, but keeping the middle class on side may be key to retaining power

Syriza won with a radical left programme, but keeping the middle class on side may be key to retaining power

Syriza won power in the Greek elections on 25 January, however the new Greek government faces significant challenges both in terms of the country’s domestic situation and negotiations with its European partners. Daphne Halikiopoulou and Sofia Vasilopoulou write on the key policies that are likely to be pursued in the aftermath of the elections. They note that while much […]

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    After Syriza’s victory, Podemos now poses a major threat to the Spanish political establishment

After Syriza’s victory, Podemos now poses a major threat to the Spanish political establishment

Following Syriza’s victory in the Greek elections on 25 January, a number of commentators have turned their attention toward Spain, where the left-wing Podemos, which originally emerged from the Indignados protest movement, has been receiving strong polling numbers since the end of 2014. Vicente Navarro writes on the growth of Podemos and his role in shaping the party’s economic […]

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    Despite a difficult 2014 for the French economy, France is still far from being the ‘sick man of Europe’

Despite a difficult 2014 for the French economy, France is still far from being the ‘sick man of Europe’

A number of concerns have been raised about the French economy following disappointing economic figures in 2014. As part of our ‘economies of Europe’ series, Mathieu Plane assesses the development of the French economy since the crisis and whether commentators are right to regard France as the new ‘sick man of Europe’. He argues that while France remains highly […]

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