Magazine July 6, 2009, Issue

Europe’s Disintegrating Left

Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaks during a meeting with Labour activists in Stratford, east London, England, June 7, 2009. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool via Reuters)
Analyzing the recent elections

Exactly 20 years after the velvet revolutions of 1989, the shape of post–Cold War European politics finally began to assume clear form in the election results for the European Assembly (alias, the European Parliament). For this to happen, much that was familiar had to be swept away. Domestic political structures that reflected the Cold War — for instance, the dominance of an Italian Christian Democratic party that was a shambles economically and socially but a firm anti-Soviet bulwark in foreign and defense policy — had to decay and disappear. New social forces, such as the ethnic loyalties previously held in …

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