Should We Rethink Political Representation in Europe to Make Solidarity a Meaningful Word Again? The Case of the French Presidential Election

The 2017 French Presidential election clearly demonstrates the problems and the paradoxes that are common to most European countries, and that shape the current state of affairs in Europe in general. For sure, this year’s campaign has been characterised by a disruption of the system of political parties that has ruled France in the last […]

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A Question of Trust

It was the second attempt to form a government in Spain after socialist Pedro Sánchez gave it a try on 4 March and miserably failed.  On 2 September it was Mariano Rajoy, the leader of the conservative People’s Party (PP) and caretaker prime minister who tried and failed. After two elections and eight months of […]

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The Spanish Two-Party System After the New Election: Challenged but Still Going Strong

Six months after the previous parliamentary election, Spanish citizens went to the ballot box again. The election on 20 December last year had ended up with the most diverse Congress of Deputies of all times. However, Spain’s political parties proved unable and unwilling to negotiate effectively and form a government. So, in a week overshadowed […]

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