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News from Western Europe, Wednesday 6th March 2013

EUROPE The Huffington Post: UAF Conference: Europe’s Anti-Fascists Warn Of Neo-Nazi Rise. ‘Britain must be part of a co-ordinated effort to help defeat far-right and neo-Nazi parties across Europe, like Greece’s Golden Dawn and Hungary’s Jobbik, European campaigners have said. Anti-racism activists from France and Greece addressed the Unite Against Fascism conference this weekend, warning […]

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News from Western Europe, Tuesday 5th March 2013

EUROPE Ekathimerini : A ‘Rehn of Terror’ in Europe? Not really, say leading economists. ‘Despite the result of the elections in Italy, the rise of anti-European political forces across the continent, surging unemployment (11.9 percent in January according to Eurostat), and the continuing recession, the eurozone’s fiscal policy is unlikely to change in the following months, […]

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Nationalism, Euroscepticism and the radical left and right: A short response to Halikiopoulou’s, Nanou’s and Vasilopoullou’s (2012) study

In their 2012 article in the European Journal of Political Research, and its summary in Extremis Project (20 November 2012), Daphne Halikiopoulou, Kyriaki Nanou and Sofia Vasilopoulou (hereafter, Halikiopoulou et al. (2012), or the authors) test a novel argument about the importance and role of nationalism in driving Euroscepticism in radical left and radical right […]

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The paradox of nationalism: the common denominator of radical right and radical left Euroscepticism

By Daphne Halikiopoulou, Kyriaki Nanou and Sofia Vasilopoulou Radical right-wing and radical left-wing parties have consistently opposed the project of European integration and have succeeded not only in distinguishing themselves from mainstream parties on this dimension, but have also managed to mobilise voters in European Parliament elections and win considerable support. What can explain the […]

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The Dutch Elections and the Eurosceptic Paradox

After a short but hectic election campaign the Dutch voter has spoken. And she has spoken very differently at the polls than in the opinion polls. Depending upon the polling agency, opinion polls from the last days were roughly 20 to 25 seats (out of 150!) wrong in their predictions. According to the first results, […]

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Squashed tomatoes – will the Socialist Party miss the target?

Just three weeks before the September 12 elections, the Socialist Party (SP) was leading Dutch opinion polls with a projected seat share in the high thirties (parliament, the Tweede Kamer, numbers 150). This result promised a sensation: first because it would put the SP (a formerly Maoist party once mainly notorious for pelting opponents with […]

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Geert Wilders is dead! Long live… Geert Wilders!

When Geert Wilders pulled his support for the Dutch minority government last April, commentators were quick to proclaim the end of his remarkable political success story. According to a Dutch saying (de breker betaalt), the one who ‘breaks’ a government pays the price in the next elections. Hence, leading politicians of the two governmental parties, […]

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