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German Elections took place almost a month ago as Angela Merkel (CDU), aiming for her fourth term as German Chancellor, was challenged by former European Parliament President Martin Schulz (SPD). Results resulted in some surprise, an unprecedented option for government coalition, and internal struggles and disagreements in almost all parties. The first rounds of coalition… » read more

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In times of Brexit, a look at why Macron succeeded in imposing his brand of political centrism, where the Liberal Democrats failed. Emmanuel Macron was elected in 2017 and no-one was surprised. Unlike the labyrinth that was 2016, France turned away from hysterical populism and shock horror election results. Tactically or otherwise (twenty six million… » read more

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Dutch parties finally form a government – What do 89ers think about it? On March 15, 208 days ago, the Dutch went to the polls – an election perceived as a major milestone of the European election year. The last week finally brought a coalition agreement. Back then three 89ers shared their political experience, thoughts… » read more

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In less than a week, Article 50 will be triggered by the UK. On the same day of this announcement, the European Parliament Research Service published for the first time a document that reflects some of the thinking of inside the EU. Barbara Aubin, Head of Content at the 1989 Generation Initiative, explains why the… » read more

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The Dutch parliamentary elections on 15th March are perceived as a major milestone of the European election year. There are 150 seats being voted on and as a first in recent history, the Dutch have more parties to choose from than ever before (28 parties). Minister-President Mark Rutte’s liberal-centre right Party for Freedom and Democracy… » read more

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