This week on International Wednesday: Today, Amsterdam University College hosts a discussion about Brazil’s 2018 presidential elections for its regular ‘Who’s in Town’ session. Almost three weeks after the election in Brazil, Red Pers chose to bring a young perspective to what many have considered either “the end of democracy” or “a guarantee for change” — opinions differ tremendously.
On June the 8th, British voters went to the polls in a snap election called by Prime Minister Theresa May. Two months before, the polls had the Conservatives on 46 percent of the vote, to Labour’s 26 percent; everyone thought it would be a landslide. Only May’s Conservatives lost seats. Alex Stargazer from Great Britain explains.
Emmanuel Macron has been elected the French President with 66 percent of the vote, soundly beating Marine Le Pen. But according to our international editor Alex Stargazer, he has a tough job ahead of him: France has a high youth unemployment, a significant trade deficit, and a major terrorist problem. What will it take for Macron to reinvigorate faith in political institutions?
Recent election trends in Europe and abroad have been worrying. America voted for Trump, Britain for Brexit. European fascists and quasi-fascists seek to gain political power. Alex Stargazer, our new English-Romanian editor, analyses these developments. What will become of Europe in 2017?
Last week, Western Europe sighed in relief. As the Dutch general elections neared on March 15th, there was a fear that right wing parties would gain significant power in parliament. Fortunately, Geert Wilders and his Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV) lost the elections and failed to begin a populist trend across Europe.
The unthinkable only becomes remotely thinkable till it happens. Donald Trump successfully captivated the frustration of an average white American and this backlash reverberated across the world. Just like many others, I became a passive observer throughout the Trump phenomenon which was marked with xenophobia, hatred and pure disrespect.