Political WorldView Podcast: Is Liberal Democracy Dying in Europe?

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and UK Prime Minister Theresa May

In our latest podcast, the Political WorldView team — Adam Quinn, Scott Lucas, and special Tim Haughton of the University of Birmingham — take on the task of saving liberal democracy in Europe.

We start with Tim’s expertise on Central Europe to look at elections in Slovenia, where there was a marked anti-immigration message but an inconclusive outcome.

That’s the platform to look across the continent — from Italy’s own uncertain elections and Government to a change of administration in Spain to right-wing challenges in Central and Eastern Europe — to ask if values and institutions can be preserved.

My own take-away from this: I am an even stronger backer of the European Union than when I entered the studio.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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