French election: First round out of the way, second round will be a yawner

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, two non-traditional candidates who campaigned on opposite electoral platforms, advanced to the second and final round of the French presidential race. Cornell experts offer their views on the election so far, and what we should expect come May 7. Christopher Way, professor of government and director of the Cornell […]

Trump, Le Pen: same base, different politics

Mabel Berezin is professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe” and “Europe Without Borders.” Berezin says that while voters are choosing populist candidates on both sides of the Atlantic, neo-nationalists in Europe are very different than Trump. Biography: http://www.soc.cornell.edu/people/faculty/berezin/ Berezin says: “Forces […]

Anger fueled EU vote, not logic

  Jonathan Kirshner, a professor of international political economy at Cornell University’s government department, says the departure of the UK from the European Union shows that even in a stable democracy, an angry public will vote against its interests. Bio http://government.arts.cornell.edu/faculty/kirshner/   Kirshner says: “The departure of the U.K. from the European Union will have […]

Cornell experts offer four perspectives on Brexit

Experts in finance, European politics and history from Cornell University react to the U.K.’s vote to withdraw from the European Union. Barry Strauss: Brexit will be a textbook case for years to come of how leadership makes the difference Strauss is an expert on global history, government and conflict, and chair of the department of […]

Defeat of far-right in Austria is no cause for celebration

Mabel Berezin is professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe” and “Europe Without Borders.” Despite the defeat of the Austrian far-right party, she says the political group remains strong and the European Union remains muted in the face of extremism. […]

European Union unable to handle crises, voters turn to nationalist right

Norbert Hofer the candidate for Austria’s Freedom Party, an established nationalist right party, received 36 percent of the vote in the first round of the Presidential elections in Austria. Mabel Berezin is professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe” and […]

After Paris, Europe should avoid border policy extremes

Mabel Berezin, professor of sociology at Cornell University, is an expert on France and European politics and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe” and “Europe Without Borders.” She says that although many of the terrorists involved in the Paris attacks were born and raised in Europe, […]

Good outcome unlikely at European weekend summit on migration crisis

With tens of thousands of migrants entering Slovenia this last week, Europe is scrambling for a solution. The European Commission called for a mini-summit on Sunday, but Cornell University sociologist Mabel Berezin says that despite the effort to bring states together, the crisis might be the last nail in the European Union’s coffin. Berezin will […]