Making sense of the Greek elections

The Greek election is over and SYRIZA returns to power having secured an emphatic victory over its main political rival, New Democracy. Although the pre-election opinion polls had predicted a close contest between the two parties, the official results proved them wrong; SYRIZA received 35.46% of the vote, which translates into 145 seats in the […]

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A timeout-proposal with consequences

Despite the tactics of brinkmanship used by all negotiation parties, the Greek government and the Eurogroup finally managed to find a general understanding on a third assistance package. However, this deal comes at a very heavy price: considering the harsh statements on the negotiation process that followed the agreement, its fallout is immense. The marathon […]

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The Fidesz party’s affair with radical voters

One of the most interesting phenomenons in current Hungarian politics is the increasing radicalisation of the conservative Fidesz government and the attempt of the far right Jobbik to recast itself as a mainstream party. Controversial governmental initiatives on topics like the death penalty and immigration may do well to decelerate Fidesz’s unpopularity, but in the […]

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What is happening to the soul of Europe?

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has recently published an interesting book Is Europe Losing Its Soul? The European Social Model in Times of Crisis in which the collapse of the European Social Model is investigated. Europe is clearly undergoing a period of great difficulties and controversies and the Greek case has highlighted all the contradictions […]

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