Ontario Premier Doug Ford returns to his office at the Ontario legislature after announcing the cancellation of retroactive cuts that have hit public health, child care and other municipal services.
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A year ago, Doug Ford’s election was seen as a harbinger of a populist realignment in Ontario and Canadian politics. Now polls suggest Ford has abysmally low personal approval ratings.
Voters cast their absentee ballots at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
There's a lot to play for in this sprawling democratic exercise, so here are the most important matters at hand.
Populism and nationalism are two concepts that go together today. Isolationist proposals, Euroscepticism and a definition of nation against the "enemy" are three of its main ingredients.
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to the White House on May 13, 2019. Strongmen like Orbán are increasingly gaining ground as the death knell sounds for liberal democracy.
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Liberal democracy is in trouble, and the seeds of its demise can be found in the property rights so cherished by so-called liberals generations ago.
A diverse coalition is resisting pipelines and other big projects.
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By appealing to the hearts and minds of their white neighbors, Native Americans are carving out common ground. Together, these different groups are building unity through diversity.
Who gets a vote and what are they voting for? Everything you need to know.
An Indian child wears a mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a campaign rally on April 7, 2019. India is entering its latest round of polling on May 6.
India’s elections are not about policy issues. Instead, they have zeroed in on the leadership of Narendra Modi and, through him, the legitimacy of Hinduness as India’s new dominant ideology.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema at an election rally.
The EFF's militarised aesthetic is more than a sideshow. It forms a key part of its spectacle-oriented brand of politics.
While Clive Palmer is often lumped in with other right-wingers, in fact he espouses a range of populist ideas and is quite progressive on some issues.
He's spending big and may well win a spot in the Senate. But the big question is what the billionaire businessman intends to do if he returns to the Australian parliament.
Signing the Treaty of Rome in 1957.
In the past decade the EU has been struck by a series of crises that have proven that it is far more vulnerable than previously imagined.
Ukrainian comedian president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy performs on stage during a show in Brovary, near Kiev, Ukraine.
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What will the decisive outcome mean for Ukraine's relationship with Russian and the West?
Benjamin Netanyahu won his fifth term as the Israel’s prime minister.
A major swing to the right and the abstention of a key demographic have bolstered the Israeli leader's position.
A supporter of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro shouts at journalists gathered in front of the Brazilian National Conference of Bishops in Brasilia, where the presidential candidate for the Workers’ Party (PT), Fernando Haddad, is holding a meeting with Catholic leaders, on October 11, 2018.
In a context of defiance against media, how can journalists recover the public's trust and their image of "truth tellers"? Brazil provides a few examples.
Villagers till their fields in South Africa’s North West Province. Access to land for small holder farmers remains unresolved.
Land reform programme has done very little to improve access to land for black South Africans.
White supremacist groups like the National Socialist Movement, seen here at a rally in Arkansas on Nov. 10, 2018, have gained power in the U.S. since 2016.
The recent massacre at a New Zealand mosque is a traceable, direct outgrowth of an American white nationalist movement that insists immigrants and people of color are a threat to 'white civilization.'
The level of democratic satisfaction in Australia has steadily decreased in recent years.
The dire level of trust in Australia's government and politicians has serious implications for the health of our democracy. Whoever wins the next federal election must make fixing it a priority.
Good economic times have allowed us to become complacent, meaning conditions are ripe.
It's been 27 years since our last recession. Conditions are ripe for a populist revolt when the next one arrives.
Pro-Europeans protest against the rulling coalition Social Democrat Party (PSD) next to the Romanian Atheneum during the ceremony of taking over the Presidency of EU Council in Bucharest January 10, 2019.
With Romania at the helm of the EU, many fear that there's a bumpy ride ahead. But there's no need to worry (too much).
Thanks to current right-wing populists, people are conflating right wing ideologies such as being anti-migrant with populism.
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Everyone seems to be talking about populism. But if it is to appeal to ordinary people, why is often framed as a negative thing?
In its more dangerous manifestations, populism can mean a reckless, extreme distrust in governmental expertise.
Populism can be benign and simply mean giving ordinary citizens more of a voice. But the nasty side that can lead to far-right groups gaining momentum could still be reined in. Here's how.