Populism and polarisation

Sweden sees turbulence this week in the run-up to elections, in Germany the battle between liberalism and nationalism is reawakened and, a decade after the financial crisis, inequality breeds insecurity. Here’s the best of our opinion and analysis

Rightwing populists are too abrasive to be suitable coalition partners

A surge of populist sentiment is part of a broader shift in international politics

Martin Wolf on the power of vested interests in today’s rent-extracting economy

Elections to the European Parliament next year will be a big test of populist strength

Employers benefit as job insecurity deters workers from pushing for salary rises

The Labour leader has abandoned centrism and taken the party into different territory

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Brutal protests give young Nicaraguans a painful reminder of their capital’s history

Populist government wants to renationalise motorways but faces a test in turning rhetoric into policy

Nordic successes reject neither globalisation nor capitalism

Voters are signalling that the struggle is on to define a new workplace settlement

Letter from Nikos Kaloyeropoulos, London W8, UK