Emmanuel Macron's War on Welfare

Feb 13, 2020

France is in chaos. For the last five years, the land of wine, cheese and chateaux has dominated headlines for all the wrong reasons: a series of terror attacks, the yearlong mobilization by the gilets jaunes, and now the longest transport strike in over two decades that crippled Île-de-France...

With the Collapse of a Right-Wing Coalition, Has Norway Turned Its Populist Tide?
Feb 05, 2020

With the Collapse of a Right-Wing Coalition, Has Norway Turned Its Populist Tide?

Will 2020 Be Another Victory Year for Trump and Brexit?
Feb 03, 2020

Will 2020 Be Another Victory Year for Trump and Brexit?

Salvini May Have Lost Emilia Romagna, But the League Is Still on the Rise
Jan 30, 2020

Salvini May Have Lost Emilia Romagna, But the League Is Still on the Rise

Putin Proposes, Trump Disposes

Putin Proposes, Trump Disposes

Jan 24, 2020

In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin is proposing a new constitution. Meanwhile, in Washington, US President Donald Trump is disposing of the old constitution. The first is a demonstration of power meant to showcase the unity of the Russian political system behind a strong leader. The...

Putin Is Leaving, But Not Saying Goodbye

Putin Is Leaving, But Not Saying Goodbye

Jan 21, 2020

The reorganization of power has begun in Russia. This process is also referred to as the solution to the so-called “problem 2024” — the year that marks the end of Vladimir Putin’s last term as president. By law he has no right to run in the next election, since Russia’s Constitution...

What Drives the Center Right’s Electoral Success?

What Drives the Center Right’s Electoral Success?

Jan 20, 2020

The 2008 economic crisis hit a number of European Union countries like a storm, with widespread patterns of electoral volatility and bad news for governing parties on both the left and right of the political spectrum. A central dimension of political competition in a number of EU countries was...

What Will Be Left of Great Britain?

What Will Be Left of Great Britain?

Dec 23, 2019

As the shock of the UK general election fades, many questions will take time to be answered. Not that the reelection of the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson was a shock, but the size of his majority in Parliament was one that no Labour Party strategist had foreseen....

Where’s the Backlash Over Trump and Brexit?

Where’s the Backlash Over Trump and Brexit?

Dec 20, 2019

I dutifully got a shot this winter to inoculate myself against four different flu viruses. By exposing myself to weakened strains of these diseases, and preemptively suffering some mild flu symptoms, I can ward off the more serious consequences of a full-on infection and do my part to help stop...

Arise King Boris, Father of Brexit and Foe of Brussels

Arise King Boris, Father of Brexit and Foe of Brussels

Dec 17, 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given Jeremy Corbyn a good old-fashioned thumping. The Conservatives won 365 seats out of 650 in Parliament, gaining 47. They smashed the “red wall” of solid Labour seats in northern England. The Johnson-led Conservatives achieved the highest vote swing...

Evil Genius Dominic Cummings Will Reeducate Britain

Evil Genius Dominic Cummings Will Reeducate Britain

Dec 17, 2019

Dominic Cummings, the UK’s answer to Steve Bannon, unveils the essential truth behind British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s victory in the general election. It’s all about the misplaced prestige of traditional education, which has no place in modern society. Education is not only overrated,...

Why Liars Win Elections

Why Liars Win Elections

Dec 16, 2019

The vast majority of voters got it right. They knew that Thursday’s election could only produce a meaningless result, and they acted in consequence. Although unambiguous, the result answers no questions, but opens up new ones. To anyone with an understanding of historical processes, the idea...

The Extremes Win Today’s Elections

The Extremes Win Today's Elections

Dec 13, 2019

The outcome of the election in the United Kingdom is just one more piece of evidence of a pernicious trend that has increasingly infested liberal democracies — extreme polarization. While it will take some time to get a complete picture of what happened, one thing is clear: The result of the...

The Fight Is Not Over in the UK

The Fight Is Not Over in the UK

Dec 13, 2019

The morning after the night before is always a difficult moment. In taking stock of what happened in Britain on December 12, a multitude of raw emotions and feelings rush around in the mind. The old adage that the opposition never wins elections, but it is the government that loses them, could...

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