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Italy’s progressives had lost hope. The Sardines movement is starting to restore it

Posted by hkarner - 30. Januar 2020

Date: 29‑01‑2020

Source: The Guardian

Success in Sunday’s regional election in northern Italy showed how Salvini’s far‑right politics can be defeated

‘The independent initiative called on citizens to congregate in their local piazzas.’

Supporters of Italy’s centre‑left Democratic party (PD) breathed a sigh of relief on Sunday evening as their candidate in Emilia‑Romagna saw‑off competition from Matteo Salvini’s far‑right League to win the regional elections. That defeat here was even a prospect, though, shows just how much Italy’s political geography has changed.

Historically Emilia‑Romagna, in the north of the country, is a bedrock of communism and has had an unbroken string of leftist governments since the second world war. But the left has been losing ground since the financial crisis of 2008 – as in so much of the continent – with austerity‑stricken rural communities and provincial towns in particular drifting rightwards. Winning in the region would have been a real coup for Salvini, who took personal control of the local campaign.

His plans may have been thwarted, but there is little to suggest that Salvini is losing momentum. While the League may have failed to win over the region as a whole, it has consolidated support in some of Emilia’s major cities. Similarly, at a national level the polls still suggest Salvini’s party is well‑positioned to form a majority government in coalition with other rightwing parties, including the far‑right Brothers of Italy and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia when the opportunity arises. Such a scenario was reinforced by the results of another vote on Sunday in the poor southern region of Calabria: while the League won just 12%, it also oversaw collaboration among the other rightwing parties to snatch the territory from the incumbent PD governor. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Twilight of EU Foreign Policy

Posted by hkarner - 30. Januar 2020

Sławomir Sierakowski, founder of the Krytyka Polityczna movement, is Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw and Senior Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations.

Following decisions by both Russia and Turkey to involve themselves in Libya’s civil war, Germany and France have responded with their own diplomatic initiatives, and the European Union has been left playing a bit part. But by violating the spirit, if not the letter, of the Treaty of Lisbon, EU member states merely weaken themselves.

BERLIN – Reporting on a recent conference in Berlin to discuss the conflict in Libya, one of Germany’s largest newspapers, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, notes that, “the days when America dominated the Middle East are over.” For more than a decade, the United States has been pulling back, forcing Europe to unfurl its own protective umbrella, either through the European Union or through the foreign policies of individual member states. It is now clear that the second option is winning out. Recent developments in Iran and Libya show that the EU has ceased to be a relevant force in international affairs.

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Christian Democracy or Illiberal Democracy?

Posted by hkarner - 30. Januar 2020

Jan-Werner Mueller is Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He is the author, most recently, of Furcht und Freiheit (Fear and Freedom), which was awarded the Bavarian Book Prize.

In considering whether to expel the increasingly illiberal Fidesz party, the European People’s Party must not allow Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to hold himself out as a representative of Christian Democracy. True Christian Democrats reject chauvinistic nationalism and have been indispensable to European integration.

PRINCETON – For years, a conflict has been brewing between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the European People’s Party, the supranational organization of Christian Democratic and center-right parties in European Union member states. After much hesitation, the EPP suspended Orbán’s party, Fidesz, last March, and is now deciding whether to expel it.

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Everyone Loses on Huawei

Posted by hkarner - 30. Januar 2020

Date: 29‑01‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal By The Editorial Board

Britain OK’s Chinese network equipment, but not too much of it.

The U.K. government on Tuesday unveiled a long‑awaited new policy on Huawei equipment in its telecom network, and it’s hard to find anyone who comes out a winner. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has landed a punch of sorts on the Chinese company, but also managed to give his own administration a black eye.

The cabinet’s ruling, undergirded by a report from Britain’s National Cyber Security Center, deems Huawei equipment a threat to national security, but then still allows some of that kit in Britain’s telecoms networks. British companies will be barred from using the Chinese gear in core parts of their fiber‑broadband or 5G cellular networks, such as routers and software that control the flow of traffic across the network. Huawei components will be allowed in non‑core functions such as antennae, subject to geographical restrictions around sensitive sites and also a cap of 35% on Chinese equipment in the network. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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