5 takeaways from France’s chaotic presidential debate

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The main candidates were joined by a motley collection of other contenders, making for lively… NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico PARIS — Eleven candidates for the French presidency faced off in a debate Tuesday that was more lively and more chaotic than previous… Frontrunners Marine Le Pen, François Fillon and Emmanuel Macron took… 5 takeaways from… Read More »

Disaffected with the elected

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The alarming rise of disaffected young voters in Cyprus is a sign that the country’s political forces have failed to modernise themselves to the… Annie Charalambous InCyprus Plus, the decade-old prevailing financial crisis across Europe that has led to a bleak youth unemployment rate does not help, European University Cyprus Rector Kosta Gouliamos told the… “We see that the… Disaffected with the… Read More »

European elections: Careful what you promise, citizens are watching

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Members of the European Parliament made a number of big promises ahead of the last election, it is time they were held accountable for the pledges they made, write Allan Päll and Petros Fassoulas. Allan Päll and Petros Fassoulas Euractiv In January, the European Parliament elected its new president and vice-presidents, committees were reshuffled, and power sharing between political groups was renegotiated. It offered another… European elections: Careful… Read More »

A dramatic comeback for Europe

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The Dutch are famous for building dykes that hold back the tides and storms sweeping across the Atlantic. Anatole Kaletsky Asia Times Have the Dutch now done it again, holding back the wave of populist politics that seemed to be threatening Europe after last year’s Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s victory in the United States? The unexpectedly weak… A dramatic comeback… Read More »

The populist drift of the French election campaign

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French presidential candidates are using populist distractions to avoid discussing actual policy plans. Remi Piet Al Jazeera News So far, the French electoral season has offered nothing more than a sorry display of politics. Instead of being… The populist drift… Read More »

A negotiated threat to democracy

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The advent of devolution four years ago gave the residents of northern Kenya immense hope of development. Hassan Malik Mohamed Daily Nation The good news is that progress has begun to be felt and smelt in the expansive region through the construction of roads and improved access to health care. However, the misapplication… A negotiated threat to… Read More »

Hong Kong’s election: A vote without voters

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Although an election committee will choose Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive, the vote has caused much debate in the city. Yuen Chan Al Jazeera News On Friday evening, thousands of people crowded into an open area along Hong Kong’s famous harbour front – they applauded, shouted slogans and waved their smartphones in the air, creating a sea of lights against the night sky. “John Tsang! Get… Hong Kong’s election… Read More »

Citizens should demand the type of leader they want

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Many times in the past, we have heard aspirants claim they are running for office in response to popular grass-roots demands. Godwin Murunga Daily Nation Often, it is difficult, even impossible, to verify these claims. In many more instances, those who make the claims end up losing spectacularly in the elections while others do not even make it to the final ballot. In most cases… Citizens should demand… Read More »

Schulz effect faces first major test

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 22: Martin Schulz, chancellor candidate of the German Social Democrats (SPD) holds a speech during a welcome meeting for new SPD members in Berlin on March 22, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Since Schulz announced his candidacy in January the German Social Democrats (SPD) have seen a surge in new members. (Photo by Steffi Loos/Getty Images)

Observers believe regional elections will show if the former European Parliament president can unseat Merkel. Janosch Delcker Politico BERLIN — When Martin Schulz was named the Social Democratic candidate for chancellor, the party began a stellar ascent in the polls — a phenomenon dubbed the “Schulz effect” in the German capital. This weekend, the… Schulz effect faces… 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 »

Spreading racism only helps extremists

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While the majority of people in the world do not know anything about Dutch politicians, parties or general politics, the recent election pitting far-right politician Geert Wilders, running on an anti-immigration ticket, against… Abdulrahman Al-Rashed Arab News It was no secret that racists were expected to win the election, but they were defeated. In the Arab… Spreading racism only… Read More »

The Other Women’s Movement

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They voted for Donald Trump. Cathy Young Foreign Policy Their European sisters are supporting nationalist movements of their own. And they’re not… The Other Women’s… Read More »

Europe is happy gambling with its politics

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(CNN) – Politics, like life, is Darwinian: A failure to evolve leads to extinction. Nic Robertson CNN The Dutch elections put that process in a petri dish and under a microscope. The results give… Europe is happy… Read More »

Lesson from the Low Country: Fear is good

Dutch PVV leader Geert Wilders is seen prior to a meeting between main parties leaders and the Chairman of the Senate in The Hague, on March 16, 2017, one day after the general elections.  / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Jerry Lampen / Netherlands OUT        (Photo credit should read JERRY LAMPEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Dutch election shows that, for better or worse, European politics remains local. Matthew Karnitschnig Politico BERLIN — The good news is that it’s safe again to ignore Dutch politics. After weeks of… Lesson from the… 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 »

Dutch elections: Not a populist revolt

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This time the polls overestimated rather than underestimated support for the populist option. Joris Luyendijk Al Jazeera News Not a populist revolt American or British style, but fragmentation Israeli style. That is the… Dutch elections: Not… Read More »