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European dream collapses as far-right poisons democracy

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The disgraceful treatment shown toward the Turkish minister in Rotterdam has laid bare the ugly truth that European values have been poisoned with the venom of the far right Fatma Genc Unay Daily Sabah The issue of European xenophobia and extremism against Muslims has again started to occupy headlines this week with many European governments and local politicians such as Moroccan-Dutch Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmet… European dream collapses… Read More »

The Europe we want: Fair, sustainable, democratic and inclusive

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The 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome is a huge opportunity to take stock of how far Europe has come – and how far we still have to go in order to offer a sustainable and prosperous future to everyone in Europe, write a number of European organisations. Luca Visentini, Petros Fassoulas, Genevieve Pons et al. Euractiv It is an opportunity that we call on the leaders of Europe to seize with both hands. We call on… The Europe we… Read More »

Democracy at risk: the terrifying power of ‘big data’

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The ‘digital revolution’ continues to change the world in profound ways. Samuel Alexander On Line Opinion Everyday computers and other information technologies reach further into our lives, often in subtle ways, reshaping global society so swiftly that the deepest impacts can easily escape notice. But whereas the… Democracy at risk… Read More »

Golden Dawn are Nazis, plain and simple

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Let’s clear up the ‘patriot’ myth, once and for all… Nikos Fotakis Neos Kosmos One of the things known to anyone with a Facebook account – or rather, with an internet connection, really – is that there’s no point in… Message boards, Facebook groups and the comment sections of media outlets are known to be the battleground for… Golden Dawn are… Read More »

Is The Democratic Party Going Extinct?

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Today’s Democratic Party is hollowing itself out to progressive ideology—and leaving moderate and historically liberal voters behind. Dominic Lynch The Federalist Donald Trump’s populist victory has turned conventional political wisdom on its head. Going into the… Is The Democratic… Read More »

Can social media, loud and inclusive, fix world politics?

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The Conversation Global’s new series, Politics in the Age of Social Media, examines how governments around the world rely on digital tools to exercise power. Rania Fakhoury The Conversation Privacy is no longer a social norm, said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2010, as social media took a leap to bring more private information into the public domain. But what does… Can social media… Read More »

Le Pen’s Dutch bummer

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3 takeaways for the French far-right leader from Europe’s first major election of… NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico PARIS — At a rally with European allies in January, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen predicted the Continent would “rise up” in 2017 as the Anglo-Saxon world had done last year by voting for Brexit and… So far, the populist uprising hasn’t gone to… Le Pen’s Dutch… Read More »

SNP accused of ‘not respecting DEMOCRACY and trying to scupper Brexit’

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THE SNP has been accused of “not respecting democracy” after its deputy leader signalled that the push for another independence referendum in Scotland is… DAVID MADDOX Express Angus Robertson, who has been a leading Remoaner in Westminster, told the SNP conference in Aberdeen that Theresa May is afraid of a Scottish referendum because the… SNP accused of… Read More »

US calls on Turkey to respect, ensure fundamental freedoms

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The United States has called on Turkey to respect and ensure essential freedoms over concerns on human rights issues and freedoms in the… Hurriyet “We urge Turkey to respect and ensure freedom of expression, fair trial guarantees, judicial independence, and other essential… We also firmly believe… US calls on… Read More »

Das Knowhow Kapital

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JOHANNESBURG – It has been a quarter-century since apartheid ended, and 23 since the African National Congress took power in South… Ricardo Hausmann Project Syndicate But, as President Jacob Zuma reported in his recent State of the Nation Address, the country’s whites remain in… “White households earn at least five times more than black… Das Knowhow… Read More »

Dictatorships cannot solve African leadership problems

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The election season seems to bring some of the strangest ideas. Maina Kiai Daily Nation It bothers me when supposed intellectuals suggest that Kenya and Africa need benevolent dictators to solve our problems. It bothers me… Dictatorships cannot solve… Read More »

Trouble brewing in Netherlands as Erdogan supporters win first seats in Dutch election

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A TURKISH-DUTCH party has secured its first ever seats in the Netherlands parliament as the Turkey row… KATIE MANSFIELD Express Denk, a party founded by Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk has become the first ever ethic minority party in the Dutch… The party, which has long been accused of being a… Trouble brewing in… Read More »

A political scientist explains how big data is transforming politics

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“Big data makes it easy for candidates to dismiss their opponents.” Sean Illing Vox “Big data revolutionized the way American politicians win elections. In the process, it broke American… This was the central claim in a recent column by NBC’s Chuck Todd and Carrie Dann. The argument is simple enough: Politics “broke” because the… A political scientist… Read More »

Greece: A Democracy in Crisis

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The Greek people have just about reached the limits of their strength. Maria Polizoidou Gatestone Institute The economic situation is tragic. Illegal immigration is… Greece: A Democracy… Read More »

Dutch election: PM Rutte sees off anti-EU Wilders challenge

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections, exit polls… BBC Early results confirmed the exit polls, with his centre-right VVD Party on course for 31 out of 150… Three parties are projected to win 19 seats each: Geert Wilders’ anti-immigration Freedom Party (PVV), the Christian Democrats and the… Dutch election: PM… Read More »

Madame de Tocqueville

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For good reason, there is a never-ending literature about Alexis de Tocqueville, author of Democracy in America, which Harvey Mansfield in the introduction to his own translation calls “the best book ever written on democracy… Michael Barone AEI But there has never been much written on Tocqueville’s wife, born Mary Mottley, a native of England. Now that gap… Madame de Tocqueville… Read More »