AfD split as co-leader Petry resigns from party

In our report yesterday on the German federal elections, we pointed out that The AfD itself, however, is split between pragmatic politicians willing to compromise with other parties and right-wing nationalists who are expected to use the platform offered by the Bundestag to announce principled opposition based on outright racist…

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German elections see “nationalist” breakthrough – and Europe is “shocked” once again

The German federal elections on 24 September 2017 confirm ESC’s long-standing analysis of Western politics that: western politicians are out of touch, arrogant and uninterested in the views of the electorate the West’s commentariat is equally out of touch, arrogant and uninterested in the views of the electorate millions of…

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Transgender Ban vs Russia and China in the Baltic

On Wednesday 25 July 2017, President Trump’s announcement on Twitter that transgender people would be banned from serving in the US military predictably made the headlines. But just days before, Chinese warships entered the Baltic Sea for the first time – a profound development which was barely registered by the…

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France continues the trend after first round of presidential election

Speaking on the TV channel France 24 just before the results of the first round of the French presidential were announced on 23 April 2017, John Gaffney, Professor of Politics and Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe at Aston University in Birmingham in the UK, said that the Fifth Republic…

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The Economist behind the curve and still struggling to get it

The Economist has just published two odd articles which, like so much analysis nowadays, are far behind the curve. In an article “A portrait of Migrantland – explaining Britain’s immigration paradox,” The Economist asked uncomprehendingly “Migration is good for the economy. So why are the places with the biggest influxes…

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