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By Jan-Werner Mueller - Feb 14,2022
PRINCETON  —  A few victories by centre-left parties in large countries hardly makes for an international trend.
By Jan-Werner Mueller - Jan 09,2022
PRINCETON  —  The investigation by the US House Select Committee on January 6 is still a long way from establishing a comprehensive record of the assault on the Capitol last year, so one should resist facile generalisations about the insurrectionists.
By Jan-Werner Mueller - Oct 17,2021
PRINCETON — The satirist Karl Kraus observed about his native Austria in 1899: “When the constitution is violated, the people just yawn.” How upset Austrians really were last week when Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was accused of corruption is unclear.
By Jan-Werner Mueller - May 05,2021
BERLIN — Donald Trump’s presidency was bookended by the White House pushing “alternative facts” about the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration at the US Capitol and his violent supporters scrawling “Murder the Media” on the Capitol’s doors.
By Jan-Werner Mueller - Jan 26,2021
BERLIN  —  Liberals around the world are daring to hope that there is a silver lining to the violent denouement of Donald Trump’s presidency: namely, that the inciter-in-chief’s ignominious exit from the political stage will chasten authoritarian populists elsewhere.
By Jan-Werner Mueller - Jan 12,2021
BERLIN — A year ago, jurists and pundits were debating whether impeaching an American president is primarily a matter of law or of politics. It is both, of course, and there is nothing wrong with the political part.
By Jan-Werner Mueller - Sep 26,2020
BERLIN — Around the world, right-wing populists are hollowing out democracy and the rule of law.
By Jan-Werner Mueller - Sep 05,2020
BERLIN — The recent Republican National Convention was scandalous for many reasons, from the misuse of the White House as a campaign prop, in violation of the Hatch Act and longstanding norms, and the brazen mendacity of its speakers, to the parade of Trump family members.
By Jan-Werner Mueller - Sep 19,2019
SARAJEVO — Ever since the double disasters of 2016 — the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum and US President Donald Trump’s election — there has been widespread anxiety about a “global wave” of populism, and hand-wringing over the follies of so-called direct democracy.
By Jan-Werner Mueller - Nov 14,2018
PRINCETON — It is now common knowledge that many democracies around the world are under pressure. But mounting threats to a particularly important democratic right have not received nearly enough attention.

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