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Swedes Can’t Go Home Again

In the run-up to Sweden’s election, one word explains why the country used to feel like a family—and why it now feels adrift.

Political posters in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sept. 1, ahead of the Sept. 9 general elections. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

So Long, Swedish Welfare State?

The model is already a thing of the past. But as this week’s election will show, Sweden will need to keep reforming.

Italian PM Matteo Renzi waved as he received UK Prime Minister, Theresa May at Villa Pamphili, on July 27, 2016 in Rome.

The Italian Center-Left Didn’t Collapse. It Never Existed.

A party with no sense of what it stood for was doomed from the start.

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