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State of the Left: Brexit: The real lesson for Europe's left

08 July 2016




Brexit: The real lesson for Europe’s left
Since Britain’s vote for Brexit, much of the political attention elsewhere in Europe has been on which EU member might be the ‘nexit’.
 
But as this week’s State of the Left explores, the prospect of further referendums on leaving the EU is not the only take away for progressives.
 
The pattern of voting in the British poll showed the real and present danger of traditional working class voters no longer feeling the left speaks to their concerns. A pattern emerging Europe-wide as the growth of populist forces continues at the expense of the main parties of the centre left.
 
Looking at the soon to be re-run Austrian presidential election, Gerhard Marchl highlights the eerie similarity between the electoral groups who supported the Freedom party’s candidate and those who backed Brexit in the UK. He argues that the real lesson from Brexit is not about who will be next to leave, but how can progressives re-engage with their traditional voter bases.



AUSTRALIA
Australian optimists
How did Australia's Labor leader achieve a late surge in the face of a hostile media?
BY RICHARD ANGELL

While a referendum on 'Öxit' is not likely to happen soon, the overall mood in Austria is as alarmingly Eurosceptic as it has been in UK
GERHARD MARCHL      READ MORE >>
SPAIN
Spain's lost million
While the Socialists solidified their position in Spain's repeat elections, Podemos’s supporters have proved more fickle than the pollsters were prepared to predict
BY LUIS FERNANDO MEDINA SIERRA
This edition of State of the Left features updates and analysis from Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Spain and Poland




FRANCE
A ‘back to normal’ presidency?
The decision by France’s Socialists to hold a presidential primary may represent a U-turn, but it is a strategic move on the part of François Hollande
BY JOCELYN EVANS and GILLES IVALDI


POLAND
The final chapter for the post-communist left?
While Poland’s political landscape remains intensely challenging, a fresh force on the left could be in with a shot
BY JĘDRZEJ WŁODARCZYK


GERMANY
Brexit: mind the gap
The German SPD must be cautious not to over promise and under deliver in its response to Britain’s exit from the EU
BY MICHAEL MIEBACH                        READ MORE >>


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