Democracy and politics without passion

Democracy and politics without passion

I have just published a short op-ed with Aurelien Mondon, lecturer in French Studies at the University of Bath (he blogs here), on the dearth of politics in contemporary politics…the lack of vision and will in a world of spin and, well bread and games.

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No easy solutions for asylum-seekers

Most recently, regional refugee crises have been highlighted by the responses of Australia and a string of European governments in attempting to stem or prevent a perceived flow of refugees from neighbouring countries.

Politics of fear in Europe

THE recent Swedish elections have confirmed a European trend towards political stalemates or hung parliaments, which is not new to Europe, and towards a resurgence of far-right parties in European parliaments.

Voter disillusionment with the major left and right of centre parties has polarised voters and the Swedish Democrats, running on an anti-immigration platform, are reaping the rewards.

Far-right parties have been on the rise in Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands, France and now Sweden...