Friday, November 18, 2016
What now for the left? Aaron Bastani
''While Donald Trump’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton in the US presidential race is the starkest example of the failure of the centre-left to confront the rise of right-wing populism, a similar pattern has already been set across Europe.
Parliamentary elections were held in Iceland on 29 October. They had been planned for next spring, but were brought forward after protesters forced the resignation of the prime minister, Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, in April. He and his wife, along with the finance and interior ministers, were implicated in the Panama Papers. Both Gunnlaugsson’s Progressive Party and its coalition partner, the conservative Independence Party, were embroiled in the scandal..''