Why the Center Left Keeps Losing Elections in Europe

March 27, 2018

Voters can't tell the difference between the center left and the center right, and they don't want either. More than a quarter of a century ago, much of the European center left made a course change, edging away from its working-class base, accommodating itself to the globalization of capital...

A Fifth Act for the Fifth Republic

May 11, 2017

France offers us an unfolding drama with a cast of thousands. On May 7, nearly two-thirds of French voters boldly elected Emmanuel Macron president for the next five years. Or should I say two-thirds of French voters bravely refused to consider electing the representative of something that is...

These Are the Elections That Will Decide Europe’s Fate

April 03, 2017

While France teeters on the brink of the far right, left parties elsewhere are showing surprising strength. Going in to the recent elections in the Netherlands, the mainstream story seemed lifted from William Butler Yeats’ poem, The Second Coming: “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold...