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December 21, 2023

Is the EU breaching its own human rights policies in dealing with Ukrainian refugees?

Niruka Sanjeewani
In March 2001, the EU agreed a directive providing temporary protection for non-EU nationals fleeing conflict. In 2022, it revived the directive to allow displaced communities in Ukraine to settle in the EU. Niruka Sanjeewani argues this undermines the EU’s human rights policies, and weakens its efforts to create more legitimate asylum mechanisms
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December 18, 2023

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: a litmus test for global nuclear governance

Mahmoud Javadi
Countries of the Global South are the primary advocates of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Mahmoud Javadi argues that the TPNW can help gauge the authenticity, sincerity, and seriousness of major Western and Eastern powers in their geopolitical engagement with these countries
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December 12, 2023

🔮 Beyond grievances: the path to populist radical-right party membership

Sofia Ammassari
Sofia Ammassari argues that grievances are important in understanding why people join populist radical-right parties, but so is political efficacy – the belief that one can influence politics. We shouldn't think of members of these parties only as angry and disaffected citizens; they can be pro-active and efficacious, too
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December 11, 2023

🎭 The Brazilian mental health movement: transforming democracy, one stitch at a time

Lucas N. Veloso
By stitching together new alliances, we can assemble united yet internally diverse collective identities, leading the way toward democratic transformations. Lucas Veloso explores the transformative carnival protests of the Brazilian mental health movement
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December 6, 2023

🔮 Turkey’s refugees under the crossfire of two populisms

Bilge Yabancı
Does mainstream opposition always pursue a democratic and depolarising strategy to challenge incumbents' authoritarian populism? Bilge Yabancı argues that in Turkey, both the incumbent and opposition parties have exploited the refugee crisis for political gains at the expense of social cohesion and democratic values
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November 30, 2023

🔮 Populist voters are unhappy – and this has consequences for populism research

Annika Lindholm
Do people support populism and nativism because they are simply unhappy with their lives? Annika Lindholm and Lauri Rapeli call for more overarching psychological approaches to understanding the appeal of right-wing populism. They suggest bringing subjective well-being into populism research
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November 30, 2023

🎭 Singlehood: towards a more inclusive and autonomous politics

Zheng Guo
Single people are seldom recognised as a political force in intersectional struggles. Zheng Guo argues that, around the world, single people are a rising body who face widespread discrimination. Supporting single people's political struggles offers lessons in resistance and the intersectional pursuit of democracy
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November 29, 2023

🌈 The burden of de-democratisation: gender (in)equality in Turkey

Raquel Santos Fernandes
The less democratic the political regime, the more asymmetrical gender relations become. Raquel Santos Fernandes terms this phenomenon ‘gendering de-democratisation’. Based on data from Turkey, she explains how the process increasingly excludes women, and limits their experiences of citizenship in politics, in the economy, and in their intimate lives
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November 28, 2023

⛓️ The chilling dismissal of Hungarian academic Zoltán Ádám

Gábor Halmai
Hungarian universities are facing increasing interference from government. The recent dismissal of Zoltán Ádám from Corvinus University in Budapest thus signals a worrying erosion of academic autonomy. For Gábor Halmai, Balázs Majtényi, and Andrew Richard Ryder, Ádám's dismissal reflects a pattern. They argue that a broader political agenda is threatening academic freedom, and raising questions about Hungary’s democratic integrity
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November 28, 2023

The far right is endangering Romania’s role as a strategic partner in Eastern Europe

Ivo Kesler
Ivo Kesler argues that Romania’s emerging role as a strategic asset in Eastern Europe will be compromised if the far-right party AUR wins the next parliamentary elections. Romania's role as Moldova’s most important supporter and promoter could come to an end
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