John Foster / 11 Jun 2021

Fascist Identity Politics

Germany: A Nation in Its Time, by Helmut Walser Smith

Nationalism has been the most influential politics in Europe since the dawn of the 19th century (to say nothing for the moment about the wider world).(...)

The better country. Berlin, 5 February.
Joe Keady / 12 Feb 2020

German Democracy in Crisis

Alternative für Deutschland in Thuringia

Given the extent of the far-right resurgence in Europe over the last decade, it's often difficult to predict where the shock waves are going to come next.  On 5 February, it was Thuringia's turn. (...)

Matt Rubenstein / 01 Jul 2019

Hard to Pin Down

The Greens and German Politics, Part I

At least German pollsters had gotten it right. There was no populist sweep of the country’s parliamentary seats in the 2019 EU elections.(...)

John Foster / 22 May 2019

The End is Nigh

Looking For a Better Europe

Elections for the European Parliament begin Thursday and predictions of doom and gloom are the order of the day. And why not?(...)

John Foster / 03 May 2019

Democracy in the Era of Populism

Chantal Mouffe and the Spanish Election

With the results of the snap elections held in Spain on Sunday still in the headlines, new questions have been raised about the so-called “populist moment” about which so much ink has been spilt of late.(...)