Beyond Europe

Belarus: dictatorship continues

By Alexandra Krasteva and Andreea Flintoaca-Cojocea | 3 December 2012

It is no news that elections in Belarus follow a well-written scenario designed by President Aleksander Lukashenko’s administration. In a state completely submitted to the ruling power, with the two main opposing parties boycotting the race, the September parliamentary elections were anything but competitive from the start. As usually in Belarus, it is not just the lack of competition that led the OSCE/ODIHR and other international observers to qualify the recent elections as contrary to many fundamental democratic standards.

The 2012 Elections: The Victory of Populism?

By Arielle Giovannoni | 6 November 2012

In the last 2012 French Presidential Election, the surge of populism constituted a major component of the political campaign. In the United States, the Tea Party has caught media and politicians’ attention alike, gaining a strong political voice, as the designation of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate suggests.

Will black clouds on the bilateral relationship between U.S-Turkey disappear after US elections 2012?

By Gizem Oztürk | 6 November 2012

Over the past two years, the worldwide political scene has witnessed major challenges of political transitions in different territories that led to radical changes for countries. During this period Ankara and Washington relations have hit a rough patch on the road. Recent tensions in Syria, even creates more political issues in between these two key players. So what shall we expect next, especially giving the fact that a general election is approaching in the states.

Why ideology matters

By Andreas Sowa | 6 November 2012

Why should we care about the US presidential election? Yes, there are differences between Obama and Romney. And yes, these differences are all but negligible. But do these differences, these contrasts in the policies they propose, really relate to us?

How will the results of elections affect the EU-US relations?

By Delphine Roulland | 6 November 2012

2012, the year of change. The French and Greek elections – both held in May – greatly affected the US economy and its prospects of recovery. The 2012 US presidential elections will most certainly do the same to Europe. Friends and foes, the US and the European Union have gone through all kinds of relationships. After 6 November, what will it become? 

Does traditional media practice remain in the shadow of the ubiquity of social media elements on voting behavior in American Presidential Elections 2012?

By Gizem Oztürk | 6 November 2012

Study of Voting Behaviour began in the twentieth century, and since then various factors had several impacts on it such as social class, geography, age and media. However, nowadays one can claim that the strongest instrument that affects the social behaviour is the Digital Media rather than the traditional one. 

American Dream vs European Welfare State

By Piera Sciama et Tanguy Séné | 6 November 2012

“The European welfare is dead”: This strong criticism reveals and justifies a certain rejection of the welfare state in the United States. Despite some evolution since the Clinton era and a revitalisation during the Obama administration, the forces pushing against its development seem to remain strong, using the media as its main support. 

Why would workers vote Republican?

By Alexis Chemblette | 6 November 2012

As we all know, ever since the 1980’s working class electorates in Europe have opted for far right parties in great numbers. Indeed, parties like the Front National in France or the British National Party went from being ultra-conservative to advocating a statist and economically protectionist platform.

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