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Jeremy Cliffe
Charlemagne columnist at The Economist
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Ivo Scherrer 2h
European nationalists are hiding behind the vague ideal of a "Europe of the fatherlands" - desperate to conceal their many differences and their overlapping allegiances to regional, national & European identities. :
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Jeremy Cliffe 4h
The EU's right-wing populists want a "Europe of nations". Just don't ask them what that means in practice. Thoughts from the Salvini/Le Pen rally in Milan yesterday:
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Jeremy Cliffe 19h
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"Enough is enough", says Kurz, framing the coalition as a failed experiment. That's a bit too easy. Strache's & FPÖ's cosiness with Moscow, hostility to independent media and dodgy moral compass were all well known before coalition. Kurz knew the risks & issues perfectly well.
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Jeremy Cliffe 19h
Austrian chancellor Kurz dissolves coalition with far-right FPÖ over Strache scandal, calls election. His ÖVP should do well. But with whom to govern? Relations with leftish SPÖ dire. New deal with FPÖ not a good look. That leaves liberal NEOs & Greens - if arithmetic works.
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Jeremy Cliffe 22h
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The EU hard-right's recipe is not to let its own massive internal contradictions get in the way of the language / optics of a common project. Reduces everything to good guys and bad guys. And what happens after the election is another story.
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Jeremy Cliffe 22h
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A striking about this emergent Europeanist nationalism is its taxonomy of (present & past) personalities: Salvini, Orban, Le Pen, Jean Paul II, De Gaulle, Thatcher, De Gasperi, da Vinci = cheers Macron, Merkel, Juncker, Schulz, Draghi, Weber = boos Pantomime politics.
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Jeremy Cliffe 22h
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Representatives of 11 national parties have spoken. Top themes: - Europe of nations - Praise for "Matteo" - Merkel, Macron, Juncker (boos) - "We're not extremists/anti-Europe" - Creeping islamisation - European "patriots" as one family Not mentioned: - Austrian far-right woes
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Jeremy Cliffe 23h
The nationalist internationale: hard-right parties from around EU converging on Milan for a European election rally headlined by Matteo Salvini and Marine Le Pen.
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Jeremy Cliffe May 18
Replying to @TomMayerEuropa
Bald hat er wohl mehr Zeit.
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Jeremy Cliffe May 18
Sebastian Kurz reportedly to end coalition with hard-right FPÖ - though questions about timing. Chancellor's ÖVP has decent prospects in an early election.
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Jeremy Cliffe May 18
Pro- and anti-EU are increasingly unhelpful political categories. The real debate today is about what a "protective" Europe should look like. My briefing on the European election and the new fault lines in EU politics:
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Jeremy Cliffe May 18
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*contracts
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Jeremy Cliffe May 18
Strache's Russian "contact" discussed buying 50% of Kronen Zeitung, Austria's biggest newspaper, and using it to back his hard right FPÖ - replicating methods used to cow independent media in Hungary. Today's edition of the paper has views on the matter:
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Jeremy Cliffe May 18
Vilimsky (FPÖ Spitzenkandidat) has cancelled his attendance
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Jeremy Cliffe May 18
Sebastian Kurz reportedly ruling out further cooperation with vice chancellor HC Strache after latter filmed discussing contacts-for-support deal with supposed potential Russian backer.
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Frederik Obermaier May 17
Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of Austria’s right-wing populist FPÖ party, met with a purported Russian multimillionaire in 2017. She offered him campaign support in exchange for public contracts.
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Jeremy Cliffe May 17
Parsing Angela Merkel's comments for hidden meanings is almost always a waste of time. Verbal game-playing isn't her style. See also her endless supposed "hints" (audible only to sections of the UK press) at changing EU red line in the Brexit talks.
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Oliver Morton May 16
Good morning Today is the day that my new book, "The Moon: A History for the Future", is published in the UK (the US has to wait, I'm afraid, until June 4th)
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Aaron Gasch Burnett May 16
The euro was also supposed to have collapsed a few times over by now. Not that we should simply dismiss the possibility, but the EU has a remarkable capacity for resilience & reinvention—more than most nation states. That fact makes for less interesting media headlines though.
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Rob Ford May 15
This projection has pro-EU liberals and Greens gaining as many seats this month as anti-EU radical right nationalists. One of these trends is getting constant media attention. The other, in my experience, is barely covered at all. Why is this? Bad news bias? Power of narratives?
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