The Populist Radical Right Is an Electoral Threat That Is Here to Stay

June 04, 2019

In the 2019 European Parliament elections, populist radical-right parties have further increased their vote shares. Academic scholarship and media coverage of the populist radical right has expanded considerably in the past few years, due to its rising prominence in global politics. In the 2019...

How Will Slovakia Vote in the European Elections?

May 24, 2019

Is there any hope that the European elections will bring positive change for Slovakians? This year marks the 15th anniversary of Slovakia’s accession to the European Union. But in Svidník, only a few people bother. Located in the northeast, Svidník is the main city of one of the poorest...

European Union 2014: Another Chapter in the “Disintegration” of the EU?

May 22, 2014

In spite of current optimism, larger structural trends point to further disintegration of the EU. Many people see reasons for optimism in Europe this year, citing signs of an economic recovery or noting improvement by some financial measures of European Union (EU) “integration.” For such...

EU Elections: The Iron Rule of Economic Growth and Popular Support

May 22, 2014

Despite the eurocrisis, Europe as an idea is popular but Europe as a set of institutions is not. In 2007, 70% of Spanish citizens held a favorable opinion on the European Union (EU). After seven years of recession, banking collapses and sovereign debt crisis, support stands at just 50%, two...

Norwegian Immigration and Europe’s Swiss Dilemma

May 20, 2014

Norway will not seek to emulate Switzerland's policy on immigration quotas. At first glance, Norway and Switzerland seem to have much in common. Both are prosperous alpine nations with relatively small populations (5.1 million and 8 million), while they also have some of the lowest unemployment...