FBPE – The history of a movement

Français After the victory of the Leave-camp in the Brexit referendum in June 2016 and the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the presidential elections in America a few months later, many people feared that far-right parties might take over power in several EU-countries after the elections that were scheduled for 2017.

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Bulgaria’s election spiral: what does the future hold?

Bulgaria’s election spiral: what does the future hold?– Radosveta Vassileva – In an earlier article for the FBPE Blog, I raised awareness of the mass protests against the corruption of Boyko Borissov’s government and General Prosecutor Ivan Geshev which marked the year 2020 in Bulgaria. For months citizens were demanding both the resignation of the… Continue reading Bulgaria’s election spiral: what does the future hold?

The Italian politics guide

The Italian politics guide: the many tiles of a big mosaic If you find it hard to understand Italian politics, you should consider how composite this country is in every aspect. From North to South and even from region to region, accents, dialects, cuisine and lifestyle change dramatically. Italy is like a mosaic, from a… Continue reading The Italian politics guide

The United Resistance

In the last 30 years we have seen a tremendous upheaval in the balance of power worldwide. What does this mean for our future? What will each of us do to make a positive difference that promotes peace, prosperity and equality? When I was a kid, my best friend’s dad worked in the defense industry.… Continue reading The United Resistance

Becoming European – FBPE as the democratic response to political extremism

As a Remainer I felt completely lost after the Brexit vote. I was actually in Vietnam at the time so had voted by proxy. Due to being 6 hours ahead, when the results came in I was sitting eating breakfast with some other travellers I’d met at the hostel; two Irish women, a Dutchwoman, a… Continue reading Becoming European – FBPE as the democratic response to political extremism

Think twice before deciding that you’re going to destroy someone on social media

I’ve seen a load of campaigning on Twitter the last few days – against individuals who are simply other Twitter users. Screenshotting, requests to block/unfollow, and not so subtle requests to “call out” (AKA viciously attack) people. Please give this article a read first. Here is adult entertainer (or porn actress if you prefer) August… Continue reading Think twice before deciding that you’re going to destroy someone on social media

FBPE: who are we, and what stance do we take towards political issues?

Who are we? What are our objectives? The increase of populist movements is alarming. At the same time social media are used on a wide scale to spread fake news and lies. All this led to dramatic changes of the political landscape of several European countries. As a result, one of our oldest allies, the… Continue reading FBPE: who are we, and what stance do we take towards political issues?

The threat posed by foreign interference in elections is serious, urgent, and international

– By Bartosz Lech – For most, elections mean listening to or watching an election campaign, selecting the candidate on election day and waiting for the results in the evening. When thinking of foreign interference in electoral processes, some imagine spy stories from war films, others picture scenes straight out of The Matrix. This depends however on… Continue reading The threat posed by foreign interference in elections is serious, urgent, and international