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The coming elections for the presidency of the European parliament signal that a real competition is underway between Antonio Tajani, the candidate of European People’s Party (EPP), and Gianni Pittella, who leads the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D). The election that will be held on January 17 is finally a competitive race, because… » read more

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An era has ended. The passing of Nancy Reagan epitomizes the death of one of the most influential subcultures of the Right: Reaganism, the summit of the so called conservative revolution that marked the ‘80s. It was a cultural climate characterized by the influence of Neoliberalism and one which advocated the primacy of the market… » read more

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Blackshirts of all lands unite! The language spoken by the extreme Right in Europe has turned leftward. “C’est ce pouvoir qui se couche devant la Finance et les grandes banques, mais qui laisse crever les PME et les artisans”. #UDTFN — Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) Claims and slogans have become anti-capitalist and the pursuit of… » read more

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Errare humanum est, perseverare diabolicum. The Greek crisis shows the negative impact of misjudged theories put to the test of reality. Thus, it is useless to label Tsipras as a dangerous communist when we face the disastrous consequences of ideas biased by false analysis or flawed by coarse errors. Between 2010 and 2014, the Greek… » read more

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As Italy’s immigration crisis intensifies, leading to a diplomatic stand-off between Rome and France, Renzi and Valls highlight the immigration dilemma of the Left. How to keep economic protectionism and social internationalism together? The Left seems confused: is labelling migration as a security issue a conservative approach? Should the progressives revamp multiculturalism against the surge… » read more

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Europe, where art thou? Following Podemos’ victory in Spain, we feel threatened by a new wave of euroscepticism. However, if we consider Podemos as eurosceptic, we miss a decisive point of view regarding the nature of that party and also of the crisis we have been facing since 2008. In the case of Podemos, its… » read more

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God is Dead, Marx is Dead, and the Progressives are not feeling that good themselves. We can certainly borrow and reshape this famous Woody Allen quote in describing the health condition of the European Socialists. The main point is that a large part of European progressive public opinion, especially in Southern Europe, perceives austerity as… » read more

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