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    The return of the German question: why conflict between creditor and debtor states is now the defining feature of European politics

The return of the German question: why conflict between creditor and debtor states is now the defining feature of European politics

One of the key geopolitical issues in Europe prior to the Second World War was how the power of Germany could be effectively balanced by other European states. Hans Kundnani assesses the relevance of these historical debates to the current situation within Europe in the aftermath of the Eurozone crisis. He argues that while Germany is no longer a […]

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    Syriza is now a mainstream party and there is little for Europe to fear in its electoral success

Syriza is now a mainstream party and there is little for Europe to fear in its electoral success

The Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza) is currently leading the polls ahead of Greek parliamentary elections on 25 January. Theofanis Exadaktylos writes on the development of the party and what a Syriza victory might mean for the rest of Europe. He argues that Syriza has significantly moderated its position since the last Greek elections in 2012 and that […]

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    Following a disappointing presidential election, Croatia’s government now faces a challenge to hold on to power

Following a disappointing presidential election, Croatia’s government now faces a challenge to hold on to power

On 11 January, Croatia held the second round of its presidential election, with Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, backed by the opposition Croatian Democratic Union, narrowly beating incumbent President Ivo Josipović. Dimitar Bechev writes that with parliamentary elections scheduled for later in the year, the Croatian government led by Prime Minister Zoran Milanović now faces a challenge to hold on to power.

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    Sweden’s protests against Islamophobia highlight the polarised views of Swedish citizens toward Muslims

Sweden’s protests against Islamophobia highlight the polarised views of Swedish citizens toward Muslims

Protests have taken place in Sweden in recent weeks following a number of arson attacks on mosques in the country. Jenny Berglund writes on Sweden’s Muslim community and the varying attitudes among the Swedish population toward Islam. She notes that while there is evidence of increasing numbers of hate crimes against Swedish Muslims, the picture is complex, with a […]

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    Closer cooperation between the AfD and the ‘Pegida’ movement could reshape the German right

Closer cooperation between the AfD and the ‘Pegida’ movement could reshape the German right

A number of rallies calling for greater restrictions on immigration have been held in Germany over recent weeks by the ‘Pegida’ movement (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West). Julian M Hoerner writes on the link between the movement and the anti-euro Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, led by Bernd Lucke. He argues that with the AfD appearing […]

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    Europe is now on course for a showdown between Alexis Tsipras and Wolfgang Schäuble over Greek debt

Europe is now on course for a showdown between Alexis Tsipras and Wolfgang Schäuble over Greek debt

On 29 December, the Greek Parliament failed to elect a new President, triggering snap elections for 25 January. With Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza currently leading opinion polls, the new elections have raised concerns over the Greek economy, given Tsipras’ stated intention to renegotiate the terms of the country’s bailout. Kevin Featherstone writes that while it is far from certain that […]

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