Marine Le Pen at a Front National rally. Photo: Blandine Le Cain.
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Considering Three Different Approaches to Populism in Europe

Marine Le Pen at a Front National rally. Photo: Blandine Le Cain.

Populist radical right parties are nothing new in Europe. Since the Second World War, they have always emerged sporadically during times of economic hardship. These victories have always been short-lived as economic conditions improve and such populist anti-establishment parties fail to sustain their …

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The Uncertain Future of Belgian Defence

A Belgian F-16, ironbirdphotography via Flickr Creative Commons

 

The Belgian Armed Forces is on an important crossroad that threatens its operational ability to be a highly adaptive and effective fighting force. The Belgian government late last year announced an unprecedented cut of 1.55 billion euros over the next five years to the defence budget. Rationalised …