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  • State of the Left - Finland
    Mikko Majander - 12 December 2014
    Ahead of next April’s elections, Finland’s left-right coalition government is struggling in the polls. But, unlike elsewhere in Europe, populists are not benefiting from its woes
  • State of the Left - Germany
    Marcel Lewandowsky - 12 December 2014
    Beneath a quiescent surface, elections at a state level and the emergence of a populist challenge suggests German politics is in flux
  • State of the Left - Australia
    David Hetherington - 11 December 2014
    Australia’s prosperity is under threat while Tony Abbott’s government pursues pet ideological projects
  • State of the Left - Italy
    Mattia Guidi - 11 December 2014
    Strikes, discontent in his party’s left wing, and a corruption scandal make for a difficult few weeks for the Italian prime minister
  • State of the Left - France
    Joël Gombin - 11 December 2014
    The French Socialist Party is failing to mobilise its potential support in the unions and civil society
  • State of the Left - Canada
    Claudia Chwalisz - 11 December 2014
    Progressives face a tough fight in next year’s Canadian election
  • State of the Left - Sweden
    Katrine Marçal - 11 December 2014
    Defeated on a vote on his budget, Sweden’s cautious prime minister has taken a gamble and called a snap election
  • State of the Left - Greece
    Yannis Palaiologos - 10 December 2014
    The Greek government is desperately trying to hold back the rise of Syriza but its creditors are not playing ball
  • Immigration • Social cohesion • Welfare
    Paul Collier - 05 December 2014
    The erosion of social cohesion caused by immigration can create challenges for the successful delivery of a left-wing programme
  • Devo met • Decentralisation • Cities
    Ben Lucas - 04 December 2014
    How can Labour get back on the front foot on the city growth agenda?

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