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  • Politics • UK • Labour
    John McTernan - 21 September 2014
    Britain faces an urgent crisis of political authority and a fractured economy. The Labour leader needs to give a speech that squares-up to the easy promises of populism.
  • State of the Left - Ireland
    Eoin O'Malley - 18 September 2014
    Between the harsh realism of Labour’s ‘responsibility’ and the inflated promises of the ‘responsive’ Left, people are struggling with increasing insecurity.
  • Elections • Sweden • Social Democracy
    Patrick Diamond - 18 September 2014
    Centre-left parties elsewhere in Europe, particularly Britain, should heed the success of the Social Democrats in Sweden.
  • State of the Left - Sweden
    Katrine Kielos - 18 September 2014
    Despite returning a new Social Democratic prime minister, there has been a general feeling of something being lost in Sweden.
  • State of the Left - Canada
    Claudia Chwalisz - 17 September 2014
    The Liberals look poised to do well next year, but the Conservatives have changed the electoral rules of the game.

  • State of the Left - Netherlands
    René Cuperus - 17 September 2014
    Frans Timmermans is now Juncker’s number two in the new Commission. His difficult informal task will likely be keeping the UK in the EU.
  • State of the Left - Germany
    Michael Miebach - 17 September 2014
    Three recent elections in East German states have sign posted voter fragmentation ahead for both  Merkel’s CDU/CSU and Gabriel’s SPD.
  • State of the Left - Denmark
    Kristian Weise - 17 September 2014
    There is now less than a year until Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, has to face the music and call a general election.
  • State of the Left - Norway
    Sten Inge Jørgensen - 17 September 2014
    Norwegian Labour has a new leader who is pulling the party in a green direction, provoking the oil-lobby, as well as trades unions.
  • State of the Left - France
    Gérard Grunberg - 16 September 2014
    Internal opposition, unpopularity, poor economic results: all the elements of a serious political crisis are in play.

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