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Not Much Left for Europe's Left

Socialist and social democratic parties that shaped the protective European social model and ruled much of the continent a decade ago have been among the chief political casualties of the financial and economic crisis since 2008.   More than just a cyclical trough, this may be a longer-term decline; the left has lost its political narrative.   Polls indicate many young and blue-collar voters, angry over mass unemployment and spending cuts, have deserted to protest parties of the ...

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