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February 25, 2021

Mario Draghi has bigger ambitions than just seeing Italy through to the next general election

Although appointed unexpectedly, Mario Draghi is much more than just a stop-gap, technocratic Prime Minister. Sergio Fabbrini argues that Draghi's vision for Europe could make Italy one of the key voices in the European debate
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February 24, 2021

Trump’s acquittal reminds us that we are still very much living in the post-truth age

In Trump’s second impeachment trial, ‘truth’ never really mattered, writes Ruairidh Brown. Regardless of the facts or evidence presented, the endurance of a post-truth climate guaranteed he would be acquitted regardless
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February 23, 2021

Mario Draghi’s governing bandwagon has been voted in. Expect a bumpy ride

Mario Draghi’s new government enjoys broad support in both Italian parliamentary chambers. But Matteo Salvini's League is likely to make its life difficult. Daniele Albertazzi and Davide Pellegrino speculate that Salvini’s party will likely keep one foot in and one foot out of government
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February 18, 2021

Alive but not well: it’s a hard life for Myanmar’s democracy

What does the recent military coup tell us about the prospects for Myanmar’s regime? Stefano Ruzza argues that while the country's semi-democracy is not dead, it is unlikely ever to escape occasional authoritarian interventions Was it really a coup? On 1 February Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, seized control of government from National League for Democracy […]
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February 16, 2021

If we really want to reform EU migration policies, we should look to the public

The refugee crisis has led to changes in EU migration policy management. But effective reform of the so-called Dublin System that could resolve the crisis has so far eluded the EU. To understand the prospects for change, Danilo di Mauro and Vincenzo Memoli argue that we should examine how public opinion influences political parties, and elites
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February 12, 2021

Is a new cold war between the USA and China now more likely with Joe Biden in the White House?

An absence of ideological universalism means that China-US relations have so far managed to escape a Cold War situation, writes Ruairidh Brown. With Biden’s promise of a value-centred American Foreign Policy, this could be about to change
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February 11, 2021

How the mobilisation of the politically disaffected works to the advantage of right-wing populist parties

To understand support for right-wing populist parties, we need to analyse not just voters who disengage from established parties, but also those who never voted in the first place, writes Julia Schulte-Cloos
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February 9, 2021

New Zealand beat Covid-19 without a vaccine: this is how they did it

Lynda Gilby explains how and why, against expectations, it is New Zealand’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic that has proved to be one of (if not the) most successful in the world
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February 5, 2021

Now it’s Draghi’s turn: once again Italy resorts to a technician to solve its problems

The Italian President’s invitation to Mario Draghi to form the next government is the fourth time since 1994 that the country has resorted to a technician to get itself out of a hole dug by the parties’ failure to agree on a political government, writes Martin Bull. This has connotations that go beyond the current crisis, representing a damning indictment of Italy’s model of party government
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February 5, 2021

‘Austerity by stealth’: How the socialist government in Portugal managed electoral success and deficit reduction

While socialist parties in Europe struggle in times of austerity, the Portuguese left has found a winning strategy, write Catherine Moury and Elisabetta de Giorgi. Combining discrete austerity measures with some visible anti-austerity ones, they have managed to please constituency and supporting partners alike
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