Elections in Italy’s leftist Emilia-Romagna stop the irresistible rise of the right-wing Lega

By Oliver Schmidtke , Director at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria Under normal circumstances regional elections in Italy remain widely unnoticed by international observers. Yet, these are not normal times in Italian politics. The country is currently governed by a fragile coalition between the centre left (Democratic...
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Massive discontent in France: strike against pension reform

By Benjamin Perrier, Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria France is in the midst of yet another massive political unrest. The Yellow Vest movement, which began in November 2018 - and continues today – is also a driving force behind the current general strike against the planned reform of France’s pension system. The Yellow...
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Rethinking the Relationship between Islam, Secularism and Democracy - new blog contribution

By Uluhan Sahin, MA Student, Universities of Applied Sciences Kehl/Ludwigsburg, Germany The events of the Arab Spring have fundamentally changed the global perception of the Islamic countries in the Middle East. A region often associated with tyranny, religious fanaticism and the lack of civil liberties has witnessed the struggle of its...
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Youth now wield enormous, yet disorganized, power – new initiative

In the 2019 federal election, for the first time in Canada, millennials made up the largest single bloc of eligible voters. The government of Canada has made youth engagement a priority, just appointing to Cabinet a new Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth. Meanwhile, policymakers continue to grapple with the privacy, security, and...
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ESSAY CONTEST: POPULISM: a corrective or a threat to democracy?

Young Scholar Essay Contest: POPULISM - a corrective or a threat to democracy? Young scholars at Canadian universities are encouraged to participate in a discussion on democracy and populism T he rise of populism from the right and the left has fundamentally challenged traditional party politics in Europe and North America. Established centrist...
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Poland’s Political Tribulations

By Tom Junes, Marie Curie Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence Poland was long seen as the poster child of the post-1989 transition in Central and Eastern Europe. Consequentially, for commentators, policy-makers, and scholars alike, it served as a model for European integration and the EU enlargement to the East. At present,...
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Regional elections in Eastern Germany: The irresistible rise of the right-wing, populist Alternative for Germany?

By Oliver Schmidtke, director of the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria See also the CTV interview on the success of the right-wing Alternative for Germany in regional elections The vote in the German state of Thuringia (a region formerly part of the Communist German Democratic Republic) was foremost a blow to the Germany’s...
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Populisms, secession, status quo and Franco’s ghost

On Spain’s November 10th General Election, by Pablo Ouziel , Department of Political Science and Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria Listen also to today's radio interview from today at the Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook. As Spain’s citizenry prepares to head to the polls on November 10 th – for the second general election...
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‘Democracy’ – Reflections following the IWM Summer School

New blog post by Pablo Ouziel, Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria "... Instead of ‘demoarchy’, the Greeks chose the term ‘democracy’ to signal the fact that what they envisioned was not a form of rule (arche). Protagoras, Pericles, and Meletus described it as a non-elite telic mode of governance in which all citizens were...
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Surveillance and Democracy - by Pablo Ouziel

"...There are many ways to obfuscate or evade surveillance systems, but one of the biggest problems we face has to do with our social imaginary. Despite the numerous warnings we receive about the dangers of surveillance, until we can imagine our societies working in a different manner, surveillance seems to be here to stay. It will continue to...
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