The Decline of the Left in Europe

The Decline of the Left in Europe

Needless to say, it is quite ironic for the left in America and in Europe to champion an Europeanization of the American economy during the same period when Europe is abandoning those exact same policies.

As America has been moving left, Europe is taking the opposite course. Social-Democratic parties have lost some of their dominance.

These two maps plot political power. For countries with coalition governments, the holder of the Prime Minister or being the largest party in the coalition is used.

Purple is where the Prime Minister and President are from different blocks (for countries where the President has some actual power).

I follow European tradition by using the color red to signify leftwing control. In November 2000, the center-right controlled only countries representing 16% of the population in west and central Europe (with divided power in France and Poland). 

The Decline of the Left in Europe

In November 2010, the right holds power in countries that constitute 83% of the population(!). A different map of Europe, to say the least.

The Decline of the Left in Europe

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