Manès Weisskircher

Austria’s election: Four things to know about the result

Austria’s legislative election, held on 15 October, saw the Austrian People’s Party, led by Sebastian Kurz, emerge as the largest party. Manès Weisskircher and Matthew E. Bergman highlight four things worth knowing about the results of an election that might not only be a game changer for Austrian politics, but which also reflected some of the key political developments […]

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Six things to know about the German election

Ahead of Germany’s federal election on 24 September, Manès Weisskircher highlights six things to know as voters go to the polls. While many observers are expecting a clear victory for Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU, the performance of smaller parties will also be keenly followed as it is highly likely there will be as many as six parties (or seven including the […]

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    The European Citizens’ Initiative is five years old – and it has been no step forward for EU democracy

The European Citizens’ Initiative is five years old – and it has been no step forward for EU democracy

Despite the high hopes of its proponents, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has not alleviated the “democratic deficit” of the European Union, writes Manès Weisskircher. He highlights that even the three campaigns that managed to collect the required one million signatures could not reach their political goals, with the European Commission deciding against further legislative action. He argues that […]

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    Unity makes strength? How the radical right could become kingmakers in Bulgaria

Unity makes strength? How the radical right could become kingmakers in Bulgaria

Much of the coverage of Bulgaria’s presidential election on 13 November has focused on what the victory of Rumen Radev means for the country moving forward. But as Manès Weisskircher and Julia Rone illustrate, the election also saw success for radical right parties. They argue that a multiparty radical right platform is well placed to win a large share […]

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    World Animal Day: Tracking the animal rights movement’s growing presence in European politics

World Animal Day: Tracking the animal rights movement’s growing presence in European politics

World Animal Day, held on 4 October, is intended to highlight animal rights issues and motivate governments to provide greater protection to animals across the world. To mark the occasion, Manès Weisskircher writes on the growth of the animal rights movement in Europe. He argues that while animal advocates have a wide variety of goals, their relevance to European […]

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    Anti-Islamic Pegida groups have spread beyond their German heartlands

Anti-Islamic Pegida groups have spread beyond their German heartlands

Anti-Islamic Pegida groups received significant attention earlier this year with their demonstrations attracting thousands of participants in Dresden and other German cities. Lars Erik Berntzen and Manès Weisskircher write on the way that Pegida has spread into other western European countries. They note that while Pegida groups in other countries have drawn far fewer participants than their German equivalent, […]

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