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While the Sweden Democrats did not win as much support as they had hoped during Sweden’s recent elections, their success at the polls was enough to ensure a major seat at the table in coalition talks. Rather than a sign of right-wing fervor, the growing support for the party shows that many Swedes are simply concerned about the future of their country. Sweden has serious social, structural and fiscal problems that cannot be waved away by blaming populism.
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Uruguay scores perfect tens
on civil liberties and the electoral process in the World Bank’s rule of law
index – matching Norway and New Zealand, and far outstripping its larger Latin
American neighbors. The country’s internal stability is buttressed by an
ambitious social welfare system. However, that presents Uruguay’s leaders with
a nasty problem: how to reinvent the economy to keep financing an expensive
Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
After a wretched result in last year’s general elections, Germany’s Social Democrats are now voting on whether to enter another grand coalition with the CDU/CSU. Whatever they decide, it may already be too late for the party to pull out of its tailspin. The SPD’s sad decline is part of a much broader eclipse of social democracy in Europe.
Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth