Dutch Elections: Almost time to start the complicated puzzle

  One final televised debate with all major party leaders is the last big campaign event in the Netherlands. Although campaigning for some parties started as early as last Summer, Geert Wilders’ first appearance in a grown-up televised debate (he participated in a youth debate) is the night before the elections. Polling (Peilingwijzer, 13 March) …

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Could an early general election be on the cards in Finland?

  In the ever-evolving atmosphere that is post-Brexit Europe, any changes in leadership of major parties across EU Member States could have knock on effects for Brexit negotiations. On Sunday it was reported in Helsingin Sanomat – the major national newspaper in Finland – that Timo Soini, Leader of the Finns Party and Foreign Minister …

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Is Italy the latest domino to fall?

  Sunday was a rollercoaster for those interested in EU politics; one moment you are rejoicing the victory of a green liberal over nationalist extreme-right in Austria, the next you’re down in the dumps over the crushing defeat of centre-left politics by populism in Italy, thinking “another one bites the dust”. But is that really …

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Does President Trump make Marine Le Pen victory more likely in 2017?

  Britain’s vote to leave the EU. Donald Trump’s unexpected march to the White House. Western politics has experienced more upheaval in the last 6 months many people will witness in their lifetimes. As Trump’s tally mounted last night and it became clear that he would overcome his rival, Front National founder Jean-Marie Le Pen …

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