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European elections: the view from Berlin

'The Eurosceptic Surge and how to respond to it', a new policy brief by Mark Leonard and José Ignacio Torreblanca, is available to read online or in e-book format.

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"The political debate in the AfD never ran between liberals and conservatives […] The dividing line runs between the middle classes, liberals and conservatives, and the German national reactionaries. It runs between modernity and anti-modernity, both in the imagination of society as well as of the role of nation-states.” This characterisation of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), Germany’s most popular Eurosceptic party, comes neither from a critical commentator nor from a political rival. The quote is taken from an open letter written by Thomas Rang, a founding member of the AfD in North Rhine-Westphalia and the longstanding chairman of the party’s

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Eurosceptic surge: View from Rome

'The Eurosceptic Surge and how to respond to it', a new policy brief by Mark Leonard and José Ignacio Torreblanca, is available to read online or in e-book format.

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The Italian electoral campaign for the May European elections sees more than ten parties competing for seats in the European Parliament: the government’s centre-left Democratic Party (DP), Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (FI), the New Centre-Right (NCD), the anti-establishment Five Stars Movement (5SM), the eurosceptic Lega Nord (LN), the leftish Tsipras List and other minor parties, which won’t enter the EP. 

According to recent opinion polls on Italians’ voting intentions in the next EP elections by the research institute EMG (as of 7 April), only four parties, DP, FI, 5SM and LN, and one coalition are expected to reach the 4 percent threshold needed to gain

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French Angst and European malaise

'The Eurosceptic Surge and how to respond to it', a new policy brief by Mark Leonard and José Ignacio Torreblanca, is available to read online or in e-book format.

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A deeply unpopular centre-left government, a fractious centre-right opposition, a rising far-right party led by a canny politician popular far beyond the ranks of the party faithful - France, with Germany one of the pivotal power in EU politics, is prey to a growing economic and political malaise that could soon send shockwaves through European politics. The  second round of the town hall elections this Sunday look  confirmed that the National Front led by Marine Le Pen benefits like no other party from many French voters' disillusionment with national and European politics. In the first round of voting on 23 March, the Front National scored a number of

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