• Italy After the 2018 Elections
  • Fear, Loathing and Poverty

  • By Mario Pianta | 07 Mar 18
  • The post-election map of Italy has two main traits: fear and poverty. Northern and Central regions have gone to a Centre-right coalition where the leader is not anymore Forza Italia’s Silvio Berlusconi but League’s Matteo Salvini, who dropped its previous ‘Lega Nord’ emphasis to turn it into a nationwide Le Pen-style National Front.
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  • The Robot, Unemployment, and Immigrants

  • By Roberto Savio | 26 Feb 18
  • For every industrial robot introduced into the workforce, six jobs are eliminated. – Since a few days, Amazon has started Amazon Go. The idea is simple: a shop where you go in, take whatever you want from the shelves, and the cost goes automatically to a magnetic card that you carry.
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  • Europe's Left on the 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence
  • Self-Determination and the Future of Europe

  • 22 Feb 18
  • The hundredth anniversary of Poland gaining independence raises many emotions. Over the past two years the right-wing discourse, including on historical and contemporary issues, as well as the future of Poland in a Europe in crisis, has dominated in Poland.
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  • In 2017 the cohesion of the European Union has come under threat as never before. Populist-right anti-European parties have either entered governments or come close to doing so. The Brexit process is going forward, and the integrity of some states is...

  • There is a need to construct a new narrative for the issue of migration in order to move away from the populist and right-wing discourse which is being spread across Europe, by placing migration in its correct historical and geographical context so...

  • On general trends of political and social development in the region of CEE (and not only) in the last 25 years – in order to understand the main roots of recent authoritarian tendencies in their historical contexts.

  • As the German playwright Bertolt Brecht once noted, ‘Thought is something that follows from difficulties and precedes action’. The European Union is in difficulties. So too is the Left.



New social actors pose new challenges to organisational structures for political action.

The political system of Spain has been changed after the December 2015 elections.

Can right-wing parties with a nationalist and populist agenda come into power even in the core of the EU? Of which character is the challenge they are posing to the Left?