Europe Needs to Pay Attention to What’s Happening in Moldova
After five months in power, Maia Sandu’s pro-European government in Moldova has been forced to resign. President Igor Dodon, whose sympathies are with Russia, has appointed Ion Chicu, a Euroskeptic, as interim prime minister.
The situation worries Moldovans — but it should also worry the EU. Read more
Corbyn’s Extremism Is Why Labour Will Lose Again
Few British voters outside the Conservative Party trust Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a one-time liberal who opportunistically embraced the reactionary cause of Brexit to advance his own political career and who shamefully besmirched Parliament to get his preferred version of Brexit through.
And still he is projected to win the election in December with support for the Conservatives trending toward 45 percent. Labour, the second largest party, is at 25-30 percent in the polls.
The reason is Jeremy Corbyn. He has pulled Labour so far to the left that middle-income voters no longer trust it.
The Best Argument Against Medicare-for-All Is Not Cost
It’s worth asking how expensive nationalizing health insurance in the United States would be. I’ve written before that cost estimates range from 13 to 21 percent of GDP, a difference of $1.7 trillion, or two-and-a-half times the Pentagon budget.
Senator Elizabeth Warren puts her plan at the low end of spectrum, about $2 trillion per year (which would still mean a 50-percent increase in federal spending). Even journalists broadly sympathetic to Medicare-for-all doubt that’s realistic.
I doubt it’s going to convince anyone. Medicare-for-all’s proponents are unlikely to change their minds even if they find out the cost isn’t manageable. Americans who oppose nationalizing health insurance are unlikely to come around even if it is.
The questions most Americans will be asking are:
Would I pay more or less under Medicare-for-all?
Would my health care get better or worse? Read more
Five Parties Are Better Than Two
In my most recent column for World Politics Review, I argue that other European countries should welcome the chance to be “Dutchified”. Political fragmentation is often interpreted as a sign of political crisis, and indeed the transition from a two- to a multiparty system can be a bumpy ride, but the Netherlands proves it produces better outcomes.
This applies to America as well.
Forcing Americans to make an either-or, left-or-right choice every election has bred extreme partisanship (but weak parties), polarization and a politicization of the judiciary. It has led to a stalemate where lawmakers are unable to tackle major issues, like entitlement reform, and are unwilling to rein in presidents of their own party.
If the only alternative to extremism in your own party is the other party, most choose extremism.
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Socialists and Podemos Announce Coalition Deal in Spain
Spain’s center-left Socialists and far-left Podemos have agreed to form a coalition government after no party or bloc won a majority in the election on Sunday.
The agreement would see Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias become deputy prime minister.
With 155 out of 350 seats in the lower chamber of Congress, the two still need the support of other, possibly regional parties for a majority. Read more
Corbyn Could Learn Something About Coalition Politics from Spain
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out forming a coalition after the election in December, daring smaller parties to back him or risk another Conservative government.
“We’re not doing deals with anybody,” Corbyn told the BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday.
Asked specifically about the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) demand for an independence referendum, Corbyn said:
The SNP will have a choice: do they want to put Boris Johnson back in with all the austerity economics that they claim to be against or are they going to say, well, a Labour government is going to deliver for Scotland.
This is the same mistake Spanish Socialist Party leader Pedro Sánchez made after the election in April and the reason we had another election here in Spain last week. Read more