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January 12, 2024

Engaging Chile’s neglected voters could have avoided constitutional defeat

Pedro Fierro The people of Chile have rejected two constitutional proposals in little more than a year. Why? Pedro Fierro reveals that there are areas in Chile where residents reject politics entirely. This sentiment transcends ideological divides, and may have significantly influenced both constitutional processes Read more
January 9, 2024

Is a far-right populist wave breaking in South America?

Carlos José Cruz Infante Elections loom for Chile and Colombia in 2025 and 2026. Carlos José Cruz Infante explores voters' growing disillusionment with leftist governments and the increasing attraction of figures like José Antonio Kast and María Fernanda Cabal. These politicians' hard-right populist messages echo Donald Trump’s empty call to ‘Make America Great Again’ Read more
July 17, 2023

Big stakes for the EU-CELAC summit

Carlos José Cruz Infante Heads of state from Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean meet on 17 and 18 July in Brussels for the long-awaited EU-CELAC summit. Despite facing a credibility crisis in the region, the EU has the tools to build a credible and strategic partnership going forward, write Carlos Cruz Infante and Johanne Døhlie Saltnes Read more
March 23, 2023

Can Germany lead the EU’s geopolitical efforts in Latin America?

Carlos José Cruz Infante The EU could learn valuable lessons from German Chancellor Scholz’s recent official visit to South America, writes Carlos Cruz Infante. Scholz showed a diplomacy formula that could leverage the Union’s geopolitical influence in the region Read more
December 14, 2022

The EU’s geopolitical opportunities in Latin America

Carlos José Cruz Infante One of the European Union's six priorities for 2019–2024 is to strengthen its voice on the world stage. Yet, writes Carlos Cruz Infante, the EU has not sufficiently explored its opportunities with the Latin American continent. Attractive opportunities remain if the bloc embraces them soon Read more
November 25, 2022

Lula’s commitment to reduce deforestation makes an EU-Mercosul free-trade agreement possible

Johanne Døhlie Saltnes Lula’s presidential election victory in Brazil has the potential to re-set EU-Latin American relations through ratification of the EU-Mercosul agreement. Yet, writes Johanne Døhlie Saltnes, there remain competing European and Brazilian demands that must be balanced Read more
October 20, 2022

Brazil’s presidential election: How far does the populist glow reach?

Franziska FN Schreiber Despite harsh criticism of his government performance, Bolsonaro managed to attract significant public support in the recent election, writes Franziska F. N. Schreiber. The populist incumbent promoted voters’ trust by responding to their anxieties and uncertainties, and perpetuating myths Read more
June 6, 2022

Elections in Colombia: triumph of outsider politics is not solving low voter turnout

Jamie Shenk Colombian voters rejected the political establishment, voting 'outsider' politicians into the run-off for the Colombian presidency. However, understanding who didn’t vote in Colombia’s election tells us more about the state of Colombia’s democracy, writes Jamie Shenk Read more

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