Author: John Foster
John Foster is a historian of European politics.

“Populism…is the buzzword of the twenty-first century,” according to Dutch sociologist Cas Mudde, its best-known analyst. But that’s largely due to our misunderstanding it, he claims. (More…)

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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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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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Describing his time in Nazi prison camps in the 1930s, Paul Massing noted that the experience was much more difficult for those outside his political party. (More…)

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Do you ever get the feeling that you’re living through some kind of crazy dystopian novel? (More…)

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It reads like the apocalypse. According to a leaked document detailing the British government’s preparations for a no-deal Brexit, the consequences would be catastrophic. (More…)

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Fascism is the order of the day. One might confuse it with populism, or that the two are somehow vying for supremacy. (More…)

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The formation of public opinion was always the purview of the state. (More…)

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Those that don’t follow rugby, or don’t live in Australia may perhaps have missed the affair surround comments posted by Waratahs and Australia star player Israel Folau on social media. (More…)

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