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    Beyond Syriza and Podemos, other radical left parties are threatening to break into the mainstream of European politics

Beyond Syriza and Podemos, other radical left parties are threatening to break into the mainstream of European politics

Following Syriza’s election victory in Greece in January, and strong polling ratings for Podemos in Spain, are radical left parties becoming a stronger force in European politics? Luke March writes on the electoral performance of the radical left since the financial crisis. He notes that while a Syriza-style ‘surge’ remains unlikely for most radical left parties, there is fertile […]

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Putin’s intervention in Crimea has effectively marginalised his domestic opposition in Russia

What has the impact of the crisis in Crimea been on Vladimir Putin’s domestic political situation? Luke March writes that there has always been a clear distinction between ‘systemic’ opposition parties, who are tolerated by the Kremlin, and ‘non-systemic’ opposition movements, which have little access to the media or state funding. He argues that the net effect of the […]

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The Russian left has barely emerged from the shadow of Stalin, but there are significant signs of change.

How do left-wing parties and movements fare in Russian politics? Luke March provides an overview of Russia’s left and its role in the Russian party system. He argues that despite the Russian Communist Party (KPRF) still remaining the second largest political party in the Russian parliament, the Russian left still remains remarkably weak and fragmented. Nevertheless there is some evidence […]

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