Populism is difficult to define because those who cloak themselves in its meaning and those who oppose it often invent their own definitions that suit their own causes. William Jennings Bryan, a Democratic nominee for President several times at the turn of the 20th century, claimed to be a populist because he wanted the US Government to peg the dollar […]
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Yesterday, Austrians and Italians headed to the polls for two different reasons. Austrians were voting in the run-off election to elect their next President. The choice was between Independent candidate and former Green Party and university economics professor politician Alexander Van der Bellen, and far-right Freedom Party leader Norbert Hofer who led a populist revival on the issues of immigration, […]
The European Union has been in need of some good news for a long, long time. Between the debt crisis, refugee crisis, Brexit and the insurgency in Ukraine, the EU hasn’t had it easy for a while. It looks as though the US-EU trade agreement, TTIP, is doomed for failure no matter who wins the Presidential election on 8 November, […]
What is a referendum? A referendum is a single-issue vote by which the state delineates decision making on a controversial issue to the people. In the past year, we’ve seen two issues which have long divided nations come to a head at the ballot box, and the results have been a disaster. Last week, the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, […]
Sunday’s elections in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern were a resounding defeat for Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) — in her home state no less. Coalition partners Social Democratic Party (SPD) topped the election results, whilst the far-right Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) beat the CDU into second place. Quite the embarrassing finish for a Chancellor who has been in power since 2005 and is […]
Last night, in a stunning gesture, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, of which it has been a member for 43 years. In a closely contested referendum of passion and rigourous debate, ‘Brexiteers’ carried the day, beginning a process of withdrawal that has never been experienced before in the bloc’s history. Henceforth, the United Kingdom will enter […]
Immigration is one of the most important issues facing Britain today. Despite some significant changes by the Government to address the issue, it still continues to be of growing concern to vast numbers of the UK electorate. This chapter provides a brief overview of current immigration policy in the United Kingdom. The chapter then outlines the salience of immigration as […]