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The results from the recent federal elections in Portugal give certain grounds for optimism. There, unlike elsewhere in Europe, the main social democratic party tacked to the left rather than the right. (More…)

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The Brexit debate is often framed as a vicious bout with liberal Europhile centrists in one corner and conservative Eurosceptic nationalists in the other. Anyone in between is knocked out of view. (More…)

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A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of populism. Frequently used as a synonym for fascism, it is not as consistent as the press would have it. Especially behind the former Iron Curtain. (More…)

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For Burdened and Bright Light will no doubt confuse many listeners accustomed to mainstream popular music. (More…)

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“You’re giving the wrong impression of Berlin,” the email read. “It’s in Germany, not Iraq.” So read the umpteenth message I’d received that day from readers of Reddit Berlin, one of the most highly used social media forums about the city, in English. It was one of the kinder notes I received. (More…)

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In a development that is very much emblematic of the state of politics in Europe, Spain is spiralling toward another round of elections to be held in the second week of November. (More…)

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Parliament may have been saved, but the UK is still hurtling towards a cliff edge. The Brexit crisis goes to the heart of what kind of country we want to live in. (More…)

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“He’s going to save Israel from the Europeans.” So said my late aunt, handing me a photocopy of something written by its new ambassador to the UN. “Netanyahu speaks the truth.” (More…)

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Brexit’s fate was always going to be determined by the Irish border. Efforts to limit migration have always ignored the threat it posed. (More…)

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