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  • Austria
  • Rejection of a Far-Right President

  • By Barbara Steiner | 24 May 16
  • On Sunday 22 May, Austria elected its President in the second round. The results of the two candidates were so close that the election was decided when the voting cards were counted on Monday. The neoliberal, green, bourgeois and democratic candidate, Alexander Van der Bellen, won the second round of the elections with 50.3% against Freedom Party (FPÖ) candidate Norbert Hofer. The FPÖ, a right-wing populist and authoritarian German nationalist party of former leader Jörg Haider, was founded in the 1950s as a political party where former Nationals Socialists congregated who never broke with their tradition. The election turnout was 73%.
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  • Talk at the Left Forum
  • The Resistible Rise of the Far Right in Europe

  • By Walter Baier | 24 May 16
  • The rise of the radical right in Europe raises many questions. The key here is the crisis of European democracies. To counteract this development, the Left is confronted with great challenges: overcoming mass unemployment and nationalism, and defending democracy.
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  • Portugal
  • Left Bloc’s Political Motion and the Struggle Against Austerity

  • By Hugo Monteiro | 23 May 16
  • Portuguese politics is in limbo. The good news is that this limbo, the thin ice on which this agreement is skating, also presents an opportunity to engage in clear and clean politics with room for actual negotiation. The bad news for the right wing and its allies is that this thin ice is proving remarkably resilient, the opposite of what they had expected and indeed hoped for.
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  • Report: Workshop of the transform! Working Group on Labour
  • European Labour Rights at a Crossroads

  • By Maxime Benatouil | 19 May 16
  • The dismantling of labour and social rights has gained in strength on the EU political agenda ever since the crisis broke out. This phenomenon, if more acute in the so-called periphery countries, is however to be witnessed everywhere in Europe.
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  • Spain
  • Podemos-IU Agreement: Good News from the South

  • By Marga Ferré | 18 May 16
  • New elections on 26 June raise hopes for an unprecedented political scenario: As Podemos and Izquierda Unida (IU) have reached an agreement, this is the only coalition that could overturn the situation created by the 20 December election. All the polls currently attribute this coalition about 24% of votes – far more than PSOE.
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  • Brief analysis
  • Serbian 2016 Elections: Neoliberal Continuity

  • By Vladimir Simović | 17 May 16
  • Even though Serbia’s recent elections featured some new candidacies, these “newcomers” are not new at all. The parliamentary landscape continues to look the same, with the same faces cropping up again and again over the past 25 years. Unfortunately, there is no left-wing option which could use current developments and propose an alternative to the current state of affairs.
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  • transform! eDossier
  • A New Energy to Change Europe

  • 13 May 16
  • This publication intends to provide a comprehensive analysis of what is at stake when talking about a progressive plan for Europe’s energy transition.
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#RefugeesWelcome Thessaloniki: Three households in Thessaloniki opened their doors to #‎refugees. According to Lambros, Yanna and Kostas who host three refugee families accordingly, this is not a rare situation. Many people offer their homes as a shelter for an unspecified amount of time since borders to central Europe remain closed.

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