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Keep calm and carry on

by Paul Ostwald

In early June, a poll conducted by the British research institute Opinium suggested that a majority of British voters would support Nigel Farage’s anti-EU “Brexit Party”. With 26 per cent, it would defeat both Labour (22%) and the Conservatives (17%). For the first time in recent history, a third party could carry the vote.  

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Donald Trump and the battle for the American nation

by Alexander Görlach

The upcoming census has caused turmoil in the US since President Trump requested a question be added to the questionnaire about the nationality of those surveyed. At first glance, it seems legitimate. After all, in Germany wee also want to know where the people who live here and have residence status come from.

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“Today we can say that Fukuyama was right”

In this conversation at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs Alexander Görlach, founder of Save Liberal Democracy and a senior fellow at the Council, discusses with Alex Woodson about the future of liberal democracy, the new two-block-world, and how we may live in democracy with AI and an the extended impact of automatisation.

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“Equality between us can only exist when China becomes a democracy.”

Interview with Joseph Wu 

Joseph Wu, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister, has only been in office since February 2018. Since then he has witnessed China’s increasingly aggressive rhetoric. In this interview with SLD’s Alexander Görlach, Wu discusses Chinese interference in elections, his country’s role in the alliance of liberal democracies and what Taiwan identity means in the 21st century.

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It’s Not a Democracy If You Don’t Vote

by Saad Amer

In theory, every citizen in a democracy would vote, ensuring that elected officials actually represent the values of their constituents. However, the US political system is far from that ideal. In America, midterm elections consistently yield voter turnouts less than 50%. In fact, the last time a midterm election reached a voter turnout over 50% was in 1914.

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Liberal democracy isn’t saved yet – what will the new year bring?

– by Alexander Görlach – What will the world look like in 2019? As every year, we ask ourselves what the new year might hold. In the past few years, that was an agitating affair. There’s a wave of nationalism and populism that has captured every part of the world, “Brexit”, the election of Donald Trump, the rise of China and the trade war between the United States and the People’s Republic. But where are we heading in 2019? Is everything going to be even worse? Or can humanity finally settle back and enjoy the dawn of a new era? 
 

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On the Road to Power: Mexico’s Walter Mitty

by Adam Wiaktor

The past two years have been full of political surprises. The election of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as President of Mexico was not one of them. He won the election in convincing fashion, with more people voting for him than any other presidential candidate combined. He has broken the stranglehold the PAN and the PRI had over Mexican politics. He is promising to do nothing less than drain the Mexican swamp of corruption, injustice and careerism. He is the embodiment of the new populism in Central America. Critics have suggested there is more than a hint of Péron in his rhetorical style.

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Boris Johnson to be prosecuted for misconduct in office

The initiative by Marcus J Ball intends to sue former British foreign minister Boris Johnson for lying to the public. In the rally leading to the Brexit referendum in the summer of 2016, Johnson and others claimed the exit from the European Union will bring back 350 million British Pounds to the island.

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Populists taking the regions hostage. It’s the new nationalism of the Right

by Alexander Görlach

Italy is increasingly distancing itself from the European Union. Once a proud founding member of the EU, the country’s new left-right populist government is already preparing itself to blame the coming economic disaster on Brussels. Matteo Salvini, now leader of the racist Lega-Nord, entered politics demanding Northern Italian independence from the less affluent south of the country. Now he claims that foreign powers are trying to destabilize the country and that they are willing to bet against Italy on the financial markets.

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