social democracy

Whatever happened to Martin Schulz?

William Bain  |  14 July 2017

The SPD leader’s rise in the German polls gave hope to the chance of a revival for social democracy across Europe. So what happened? William Bain takes a look A veteran parliamentarian takes over the leadership of the main centre-left party, and with a message of hope and change oversees a poll boost of nearly …

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Recapturing the public’s imagination

Matthew Laza  |  25 May 2016

Let us face facts – it is not just progressives in Britain who have been having a tough time at the ballot box. Right across Europe, and beyond, traditional parties of the centre-left have been losing ground. The hope that the crash of 2008 would see a swing to the left has given way to …

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Letter from … Vienna

Philipp Novak  |  5 February 2016

2016. Austria’s social democrats are in power, in a loveless grand coalition with their conservative opponents. The government is unpopular; unemployment is rising, government debt growing, and reforms are absent. The rightwing populist Freedom Party of Austria is leading in the polls, on 30 per cent of the vote. The SPÖ lags badly, on just …

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‘The Labour party is drying up just at the moment’

Neal Lawson  |  12 March 2015

Neal Lawson responds to Anthony Painter’s article, Uber-connected I agree with everything Anthony Painter says. We are facing new times, a paradigm shift from a 20th century world that was all top-down command and control – the politics of elites – to a 21st century world of bottom-up change and dispersed power – the politics …

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Letter from … Stockholm

Katrine Marçal  |  3 December 2014

Social democracy has not returned to Sweden. For something to come back it needs to have been gone in the first place. The most astounding thing about the election of Social Democratic prime minister Stefan Löfven in September was how quickly his predecessor, Fredrik Reinfeldt, was forgotten. Reinfeldt, the centre-right leader who had governed Sweden for …

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State of the left

Michael McTernan  |  18 July 2014

Reformist social democrats offer a glimmer of hope for the left in Europe, writes Michael McTernan In April this year, the Financial Times’ Tony Barber observed that the flag of modern social democracy flies again in Europe. He was referring to a new generation of centre-left leaders who are being forced to define for themselves …

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It’s complicated, stupid

Hopi Sen  |  8 August 2013

As soon as I read David Miliband’s latest contribution to our political debate, I knew what the main criticism would be. It’s too wordy. It’s too wonky. So let’s get the stylistic stuff out if the way first. David Miliband is not a great prose stylist. He likes to roll out thinkers, summarise their points …

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A modernising Moderate

Michael McTernan  |  28 March 2013

Why Sweden’s centre-right prime minister is proving hard to beat Fredrik Reinfeldt is one of Europe’s most successful politicians. Alongside Angela Merkel in Germany, he is among a very small band of incumbents who have been re-elected since the economic crisis began, beating the social democrats in 2006 and 2010 with a modern conservative appeal …

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Left out in the cold

Michael McTernan  |  28 March 2013

Scandinavian social democrats have not been immune to the woes of the European centre-left, reports Michael McTernan IT may come as a surprise to some that Scandinavia has not been a haven for social democracy at a time when Europe’s political map has been littered with centre-left casualties. Much like other parties on the European …

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Next top model

Katrine Marçal  |  27 March 2013

Ed Miliband’s ‘Borgen tour’ highlighted Labour’s interest in Scandinavia. But what does the famed ‘Nordic model’ actually mean? Katrine Kielos explains THE ‘Nordic model’ is a popular concept but also a disputed one. Is the success of the Nordic economies due to high taxes and universal benefits? Or is it due to school vouchers and …

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