elections

A Spanish Surprise? How the Right-Wing Vox Catches the Youth

A clear victory for the social-democratic PSOE on  the one hand, the rise of the extreme right-wing party Vox and its ascent to the Spanish Congreso on the other: These are without a doubt the internationally most discussed results of the recent general elections. But with the region of Andalusia, Vox already entered a regional parliament in 2018. The so-called “Iberian Immunity” against far-right parties after the end of the Franco dictatorship seems to be broken. Our author Miguel from Andalusia describes the reasons for this development and reactions to last year’s unexpected victory – bearing in mind that European elections are just around the corner.

A Memory You Can Wear

Let’s play a quick game: Imagine your house is on fire and you can only save a single item, the one you care about the most. What would you pick? Furniture, clothes or a TV can be replaced easily, but an item carrying a particular memory cannot. Our author Jonas pondered this question, read here, which item he would save from destruction and why.

Abortion in Ireland: The Upcoming Referendum

Pro-Choice or Pro-Life? This divisive question concerning women’s reproductive rights is taking centre-stage in Europe: In March 2018, ten thousands took to the streets in Poland protesting against the toughening of the already strictest abortion laws in Europe. At the same time in Germany a heated discussion is going on about the laws governing the access to reliable and neutral information on the termination of unwanted pregnancies. And in Ireland, the government will hold a referendum on 25 May 2018 concerning the repeal or retention of the Eighth Amendment, which only allows terminations of pregnancies if the life of the mother is in danger. Our author Sarah Scott interviewed three 18-year-old Irish students about the upcoming referendum in Ireland, the influence of the Catholic Church...[Read More]

Catalonia: Outbreak of illegal nationalism or oppression of a democratic movement?

People being beaten up by the police just for trying to vote, a government which declares a referendum binding even though parts of the electorate where not able to vote and a large number of ballots where confiscated, and finally nearly the whole democratic elected government either in prison or in exile – the events around the Catalan independence referendum where unexpected and incomparable to any political development the old EU member states experienced since the end of the dictatorships in the South. Camilla Crovella from Italy tries to find explanations for these developments and looks also for future solutions by asking students both from Catalonia and Spain about their views and opinions. Joaquim Candel (22), Economics student from Barcelona and active member of the Catalan Moveme...[Read More]

Coalition for some brighter future?!

Losses for both governing parties, right-wing-populists for the first time in the Bundestag (parliament) – the results of German elections some weeks ago remained issue of many debates. But what about the future government? Gregor is sharing some of his thoughts and opinions on this issue.

Stuck in the “Brussels Bubble”?

Brexit, Orbán and Le Pen. European right wing populism and state egotism is on the rise, the EU threatened by dissolution and there is no end in sight. What has gone wrong in the last years? How can the European Union get back on track? For Enja from Norway the EU bureaucrats have been detached from reality and ignored working class people for too long…

#CallSerbia: Presidential elections: A »white knight« challenging the system?

This year’s presidential elections on April 2nd in Serbia are getting quite peculiar. In the time when nationalist and populist movements are on the rise, Serbia has a wacky situation with a fictional candidate being the unexpected challenge for the ruling party, ranking high in opinion polls. What do young people think about the candidates and how do they see Serbian future? We are activating our European network and asking three young voters to explain their choice. According to all estimates indisputable winner of elections will be current prime minister Vucic from the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) . He opened his campaign with a video that quickly became viral on social networks. It shows him as  a passenger in a plane flown by two pilots fighting around the steering wheel, bec...[Read More]

#CallBulgaria: Backwards to the Future or On the Train of Unkept Promises

On 26th March Bulgarians are electing their parlament members. Convened  earlier than originally scheduled, as a consequence of the prime-minister Boyko Borisov’s resignation, the elections are preceded by a campaign that has turned into a real political battle between the major parties in Bulgaria. As an addition, a quite controversial businessman, Veselin Mareshki, whom The New York Times compared to Trump for his provocative statements and intentions for a complete change of the political situation, is also entering the race for Parliament with his party “VOLYA” (WILL). Whether the candidates’ promises are real or just a way to become members of the next Parliament, has to be seen after the elections. What do young people think and expect from it? I asked Ana Maria, Yoan and Maria about...[Read More]

The making-of: Bulgaria’s populist revolt

Looking at the political situations in various countries around the globe, one can get a feeling that once more a specific trend is on the rise. Namely, populism. Following the trend-setters in form of Hungary, Poland and the USA, there is a growing fear that Bulgaria might be the next populist trend-victim. Have a look of how the fear of “the Other”, combined with Bulgaria’s own fake news and alternative facts created populism’s perfect breeding ground.

#CallNetherlands: Elections in the Netherlands – end of EU as we know it?

2016 saw the rise of populist leaders in Europe and beyond. Can this year be worse? The elections in the Netherlands might be a first thumbnail on Europe’s future. Two Dutch women share their political perspectives with us.

When politics come alive – Going to bed with Trump and Clinton

In case you ever wondered how does a European student of politics and philosophy feel like going to bed with Trump and Clinton or how he would cope with the election campaign craze in Washington, D. C., you can now find the answers in Martin’s new column.