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Though it is popular to contrast “populism” with “democracy,” the two are more alike than different. Like the Reformation 500 years ago, today’s populist movements aim to wrest power from the elites and give it back to the people. Instead of petering out, variations on the democratic populist system are likely to multiply, and traditional democratic models may undergo a radical renewal.
Dr. Svyatoslav Kaspe
Brussels is angry with
Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia for allegedly lacking
solidarity and “EU values.” But the European Commission’s plan to use financial
pressure to rein in the four politically conservative Central European members
is nearly certain to backfire.
Recent political developments in Hungary and Poland have been interpreted as portending a reversal of westernization. If history is any guide, this perception is wrong. It is true that the region appears headed for institutional turbulence that could foster growing political and economic volatility. But a more serious upheaval is virtually precluded by the region’s...
Donald Tusk has been prime minister of Poland since 2007 and was planning a third term until he was selected to lead the European Council. He has been described as populist, ruthless, charismatic and politically flexible. In his new role, Mr Tusk, an able negotiator, will use his interpersonal skills to build coalitions and strike compromises. He is said to have a ...
A strong and competent representation and an important commission post in the upcoming European elections in May are key to Poland ensuring its national sensitivities and interests will be taken into account in Brussels. Poland was the only EU member not to be damaged by the global recession in 2008. But the nation’s growth has slowed and the ruling centrist Civic ...