Tag Archives: Nationalism

Feb 5 2015

Greek elections 2015: the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?

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By Sotirios Zartaloudis SYRIZA’s recent electoral victory attracted global attention. This commentary will try to explain SYRIZA’s surprise move to form a coalition government with the far-right party ANEL arguing that both parties share a worldview that explains their co-operation. … Continue reading

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Jan 9 2015

The challenge of responding to extreme political views: Germany struggles to address Pegida’s anti-Islam protests

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By Stefan Bauchowitz Unlike European countries in times of the financial crisis, Germany’s economic success meant that it largely avoided debates on closing off countries against a “tide of immigrants”, and populism was largely confined to opposition to bailouts in … Continue reading

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Sep 11 2014

Is an independence referendum the appropriate political tool to address the Catalan problem?

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By Jose Javier Olivas The question whether Catalonia should be allowed to hold an independence referendum can be approached from different angles. In addition to important legal and procedural issues, the organisation of this referendum is highly problematic from both … Continue reading

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Jun 6 2014

European Union in Need of a “Relaunch”

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By Dimitris Mathioudakis In its simplest sense, the winner is the one to come first. In the same sense, for the front-runner of last European elections, Jean Claude Juncker, the votes of the EPP signalled a win. However, a win in … Continue reading

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May 29 2014

A Legitimization of the Italian Government More Than a Vote for Europe

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By Monica Poletti The overwhelming victory of the Democratic Party Elections in Italy rarely fail to surprise. The victory at the 2014 EP elections of the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his centre-left, pro-European Democratic Party (PD) came as a … Continue reading

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May 27 2014

Democracy in Europe after the Elections

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By Mary Kaldor Nationalism is a way of deflecting discontent towards a convenient scapegoat, an ‘other’ – the immigrant or Europe. It is a way of mobilising political support while avoiding any commitment to address the underlying causes of discontent; … Continue reading

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Mar 27 2014

Who has seized power in Crimea?

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By Ellie Knott According to recent statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov,Russia has claimed to be acting to protect the rights not just of citizens and military personnel, but also compatriots and Russian speakers in Crimea. But how … Continue reading

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Mar 5 2014

Not all Ethnic Russians in Crimea Have a Political Affinity with Moscow

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By Ellie Knott Throughout the Ukraine crisis, Crimea has been described as a region with strong sympathies toward Russia. Based on her own research in the region, Ellie Knott takes issue with the prevailing view that ethnic Russians in Crimea … Continue reading

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Feb 3 2014

Farage is right – it’s not just the economy, stupid!

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By Michael Skey  And so it goes on. The seemingly endless debate about immigration continues apace fuelled by data from the latest BSA survey which shows that over three-quarters of the British population now want immigration cut, with around a … Continue reading

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Sep 20 2013

Populism in Greece and why the theory of the two extremes is wrong

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By Antonis Galanopoulos Populism as a term reappeared in everyday public discourse in Greece with the first protests against the memorandum with IMF, EU and ECB and its concomitant austerity policies. The polarisation at the base of the populism/anti-populism dichotomy … Continue reading

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