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Germany and the United States

Whither “Partners in Leadership”?

Matthew Rhodes

Allgemeine weekly titled an “underappreciated [bilateral] alliance” 3 has remained provisional. Opposing economic prescriptions, skeptical public opinion, and divergent hard-power capacities have tempered the partnership even at its best. Donald Trump

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Jablonka’s History

Literature and the Search for Truth

Sarah Fishman

campaign and presidency of Donald Trump have raised anxious concerns in the American media about the current state of journalism and the role of the press in a democracy. How should journalists report on a person who is not just an inveterate liar, but

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The Art of Doubting

A Jewish Perspective

Danny Rich

to read while in India, is Narendra Modi, who rather like his American counterpart, Donald Trump, is an unusual incumbent of his office but who has what is described as ‘the Marmite effect’ – you love it/him/them or you hate it/him/them, but there is

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Amrita De

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, flew to Florida on 30 May 2020, the weekend following the brutal police killing of George Floyd on 25 May. He was there to attend the launch of a “Made-in-the-USA” spacecraft, as it headed toward

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Sophie Meunier

reverberates beyond its borders as much as it used to. The current uncertain state of the world, which may be on the cusp of a tectonic shift precipitated by the advent of Donald Trump in the United States and the resurgence of nationalism in Europe, is both

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Adele Webb

Public ambivalence towards democracy has come under increasing scrutiny. It is a mood registered perhaps most clearly in the fact populist figures, from Trump to Orbàn to Duterte, appear to carry strong appeal despite the fact, or perhaps because of the fact, they pose a threat to democratic institutions and processes of governance. Are ambivalent citizens the grave threat to democracy they are often portrayed to be in media and academic discourse on populism? In this article, I contend that citizens’ ambivalence about democracy is a more complex, spirited and volitional idea than is acknowledged in the current discussion of populism. Drawing on psychoanalysis and critical social thought, I embrace a conception of citizens’ ambivalence in a democracy as both immanent and desirable. I argue ambivalence can be a form of participation in democracy that is crucial to safeguarding its future.

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Matteo Salvini's Northern League in 2016

Between Stasis and New Opportunities

Davide Vampa

Under Matteo Salvini’s leadership, the Northern League has sought to move away from its status of regionalist party to become a truly national (even nationalist) party, following the example of the National Front in France. For the new leader, the issues of federalism and devolution seem to play a less relevant role than opposition to the European Union and, more generally, to the so-called political establishment. This chapter shows that 2016 has been a transition year for the party. After two years of significant electoral expansion, the 2016 local elections seemed to mark a moment of stagnation. Salvini’s popularity ceased to grow and even started to decline. This posed some challenges to his right-wing populist project. Yet the concluding section of the chapter highlights the new political opportunities arising from Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election and from Renzi’s constitutional referendum defeat at the end of 2016.

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Kingdom and the presidential election of Donald Trump in the United States, whose rhetoric has at times promoted chauvinistic nationalism. While the European Union and the North American Free Trade Agreement are currently marked by legitimacy crises as

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Contemporary citizenship debates

The search for firm footing on shifting terrains

In many ways, the sociopolitical events of 2016 and 2017 have brought to life many of the conceptual debates surrounding the nature and importance of citizenship. The election of President Donald Trump in the United States (US), the rejection

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Suzanne Berger

threaten to wipe out the centrist and social democratic politics of the postwar world. Brexit in England, the election of Donald Trump in the United States, the rise of AfD (Alternative for Germany), the National Front in France and Five Stars in Italy all