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Freedom for all–a manifesto.

1. Political decisions shall be based on facts, reason and logic. We reject ideology, manipulation and conspiracy theories and will call to account those who use them. 2. Every citizen shall be able to live, work, trade and travel wherever they want. Open borders shall faciliate free movement of people, goods, services and capital. 3.…
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Inside the mind of a populist voter

Will the populist wave fade out? One might assume so, given that populism is supported by exactly the opposite demographic from those that drove the 1968 counter-culture revolution as well as the 1989 anti-communist movement. Both were victorious thanks to younger, well-educated, secular voters. And today, these demographic segments are among populism’s staunchest opponents. In…
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Stupid or evil?

Which type of nationalism are we dealing with?   “You really have to be an idiot to be a nationalist,” says one of the characters of Robert Menasse’s prize-winning novel, “The Capital”.   At first sight the judgment seems unnecessarily harsh, even when accounting for the fact that supporters of nationalist candidates skew less well-educated…
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Strong men, weak currencies?

Putin. Erdogan. Orban. Trump… Western European defeatists tremble at the mere mention of the names of nationalist strongmen that rarely miss an opportunity to point out weaknesses of the European Union. One of their favourite targets is the Euro and its perceived instability due to the joint currency’s lack of a central fiscal authority. Currency…
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The chimera of culture

Dismantling the core of the nationalist argument Nationalists (such as Brexiteers) often claim that different countries couldn’t possibly work together because they all have a different “culture.” This argument can be proven wrong very easily. Countries are political entities whose boundaries have been shifting over the centuries. Therefore it is almost impossible to determine a…
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Ninety degrees

  DECLINE AND FALL Europe’s traditional parties are faltering. While centre-right Christian Democrats witness slow but steady decline, centre-left Social Democrats are collapsing dramatically. Explanations have been put forward for the phenomenon that include the erosion of traditional voter segments such as christian churchgoers and socialist labourers. And yet, demographics are only a part of…
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Democracy–thy enemy is dopamine!

Much has been speculated about the rise of populist, nationalist and reactionary voices in the public discourse. The rise of Trump, Brexit and ‘strongmen’ leaders around the world has been associated with potential causes from deindustrialisation to immigration to Islamisation to filter bubbles and Russian hackers. Studies have been undertaken on the psychological disposition of…
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Rising Stars of Europe

Panic Panic had gripped European centrists at the beginning of 2017. Donald Trump was being sworn in as President of the United States on a xenophobic platform. Britain had voted to leave the EU, imperiling the European project. Right-wing populists such as Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders were leading the polls in the core…
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