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José Fernández-Albertos and Mónica Méndez Lago

Left-Right. Old and New Politics URL:

Traditionally, the terms right and left have been perceived as two rather clearly differentiated political categories and have therefore been used to indicate a type of ideological orientation that, in turn, served to set the different political parties against each other. Evidently, the boundaries between ideologies of the left and the right have been blurred and these terms are now insufficient to explain the political reality. In fact, there are new political parties that define themselves as belonging to both the left and the right and that coincide in declaring themselves against globalisation and the European Union.

In this session, José Fernández-Albertos, who received his doctorate in Political Science from Harvard University, and Mónica Méndez Lago, who graduated with a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence, will discuss the validity of the political identities of the right and left in order to comprehend the political and social scenario of our time and attempt to predict what lies ahead.

A debate format in which, once a month, on a Monday at 7:30 pm, leading experts analyse important issues that make up today’s social reality with the journalists Antonio San José and Íñigo Alfonso. Inequality, the Internet, China's Leadership, Brexit or the demographic problem have been several of the issues involved.

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