Emmanuel Macron – a populist elitist?

by Enja Sæthren

Enja Sæthren NEWWe got lucky this time. France said no to xenophobia, closed borders and hatred by electing Emmanuel Macron as the next president of the French Republic with 66 % of the votes. The French refused to follow in the footsteps of the British and the Americans, but how confident can we really be that this was the last battle? Has the fight against right-wing extremism already been won?

2015: a year in elections – old trends and new challenges. A fresh look by young Europeans

22. January 2016

futurelab-europe_2015-a-year-in-elections-_-old-trends-and-new-challenges2015 had been hailed by many observers as the year during which voters would finally decide if the EU would survive. In recent years, several elements piled up suggesting the erosion of democracy in Europe: low turn-out in the elections, growing dissatisfaction of citizens against the establishment, low participation in civil society movements and recent constitutional changes in countries like Hungary. Several of these elements continued and in some cases further consolidated throughout 2015.

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What counts except the success of Marine Le Pen

Posted on 29. May 2014 by Apollonia Khan Since Sunday I can see hundreds of Facebook status’ on how unbelievably foolish – not to say plain stupid – French citizens have been. But is this appropriate? The fact that those results – great victory of the Front National and absolute debacle of the Socialist Party – … Continue reading What counts except the success of Marine Le Pen

Greek elections – “A pro-european vote and a political paradox”

Posted on 29. May 2014 by Konstantina Karydi Citizens in Greece, once again demonstrated their support to the European project as well as their commitment to the values embedded in the EU.  While the average participation rate in the EU is  43%, 59% of Greek citizens voted for the EP elections. “The Party of the European … Continue reading Greek elections – “A pro-european vote and a political paradox”

UK: A passing interest in political earthquakes

Posted on 29. May 2014 by guest contribution The momentary ‘earthquake’ of European politics had already passed young British people by the time the election results were announced. Having voted three days before, large gains for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) were expected, but a small drop in turnout from 2009, just 33.8%, helped UKIP finish … Continue reading UK: A passing interest in political earthquakes