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BLOG: How Portugal manages to square the circle

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Jeronimo de Sousa (Communist Party), Antonio Costa (Socialist, Primeminister) and Catarina Martins (Bloquo Esquerda) // Source: Geringonça

Portugal used to be the former poster child of the EU crisis countries. Now it has a new left government which opposes austerity – and became a role model for European socialists. How did this happen?

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BLOG: The Italian Dilemma

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Will he soon be waving Good-bye? Mario Renzi connected his future to the outcome of the Referendum at 4th of december. Photo: Flickr/European Council

Italians will soon have to make a difficult decision in a crucial referendum, the consequences of which risk changing the face of Italy and Europe. Its a choice between bad and worse, because populism in on the rise.

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BLOG: The king’s speech and the queen’s echo

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The Norwegian royal family itself has a complex immigration background. Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen, The royal court

The governments of Denmark and Norway are competing in making their public the most timid in Europe. In both countries the immigration debate has changed, slowly but surely, first in Denmark, then in Norway. It’s become poisonous. It is increasingly about identity – what it means to be Danish, what it means to be Norwegian – in contrast to “the others” who are not, even if they might be living in the country. Norway is lagging a bit. We have King Harald.

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BLOG: How Brussels is obstructing the prosecution of corruption cases in Greece

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And it's not just Greece. Portugal and Italy, beware! Reforms on the way.

From the Commission’s spokesperson to the president of Eurogroup himself, a crowd of EU officials have been trying to block Greek judges from doing their jobs. As for the new privatization fund, board members and experts, from top to bottom, can commit crimes as they please: By law, no judge can investigate them, no court can try them.

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BLOG: Poles apart

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Bread and salt - the traditional Polish welcoming gesture.

Throughout history, Poles have known migration. In recent history, they were refugees themselves. Poles were less islamophobic than other Europeans for a long time after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. But last year they elected a government that closes its doors on refugees, Muslims in particular, and which rejects a common European relocation system for people in need.
What happened to Polish generosity?

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