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    Post-Brexit Industrial Strategy: a curious complacency hovers over the General Election

Post-Brexit Industrial Strategy: a curious complacency hovers over the General Election

Unlike during the 2015 campaigns, the state of the economy is not at the forefront of this general election. Neither is one of the UK’s biggest economic problems: productivity. Peter Kenway and Dan Corry write that solving this problem should be the primary goal of the institutions responsible for industrial strategy.

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    The European ideal has sunk to the bottom of the Mediterranean with the migrants it rejects

The European ideal has sunk to the bottom of the Mediterranean with the migrants it rejects

The EU prizes the freedom of movement its citizens enjoy. Yet this depends on securing ‘Fortress Europe’ against non-Europeans – including the thousands who drown trying to cross the Mediterranean. Claire Sutherland asks how the Union can tolerate squalid migrant camps that are, in the words of its own migration commissioner, ‘an insult to our values and civilisation’.

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    In the wake of Brexit, Europe’s parties of the mainstream left need to run on pro-EU platforms

In the wake of Brexit, Europe’s parties of the mainstream left need to run on pro-EU platforms

The recent electoral decline of social democratic parties has sparked a debate in Europe. It largely focuses on the supposedly declining mainstream left support among the working class. However, in order to fully understand these electoral dynamics, it is crucial to take the preferences of the educated middle class into account. Following Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, […]

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    Ireland and Brexit: Turning potential negative consequences into bargaining leverage

Ireland and Brexit: Turning potential negative consequences into bargaining leverage

Ireland is arguably the EU state with the most to lose from Brexit, given its close relationship with the UK. Anthony Costello argues that although the UK’s decision to leave could have clear negative economic and political consequences for Ireland, there is also an opportunity for the country to use the situation to increase its bargaining power and gain meaningful […]

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    Brexit has given an impetus to reshape Europe’s foreign, security and defence policies

Brexit has given an impetus to reshape Europe’s foreign, security and defence policies

As part of the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe initiative, Benjamin Kienzle and Inez von Weitershausen created The Brexit Reader on Security & Defence, which provides academics, students and practitioners with a useful guide to the academic literature on the foreign, security, and defence implications of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Foreign policy, security or defence are traditionally considered matters of ‘high […]

Post-Brexit Britain should cotton on to an opportunity to transform global trade

Brexit should be viewed as an important opportunity for fresh thinking about trade and development policy, argue Richard Baldwin, Paul Collier and Richard Venables. EU economic and trade policies were far from perfect, and Britain has the chance to lead the way in devising a fairer set of policies that help development in Africa and the Caribbean, while helping […]

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    Brexit cowardice and Colombian courage: a tale of two referenda

Brexit cowardice and Colombian courage: a tale of two referenda

The divergent reactions of Britain’s Theresa May and Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos to crucial yet dysfunctional referenda reveal a great deal about the nature of democracy and leadership today, writes Jean-Paul Faguet.

2016 served up two extraordinary referenda, fought under similar conditions, and with similar results, but which led to remarkably different outcomes.

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Brexit is already causing anguish on Gibraltar

Gibraltar was the first to declare its vote in June’s EU Referendum, returning a 96% vote in favour of Remain. But rather than set a trend for the night, Gibraltarians watched with nothing short of horror as the UK voted to Leave. Andrew Canessa reports on how now Brexit causes anguish on the rock.

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    Brexit may herald a serious threat to Germany: its negotiating position will reflect that

Brexit may herald a serious threat to Germany: its negotiating position will reflect that

While Germany would prefer a “soft Brexit”, in which economic repercussions can be staved off by business flexibility, Britain’s exit from the EU creates new opportunities for its renewal. At the same time, should Brexit be the first step toward the disintegration of the EU, Germany will look back to June 2016 as the beginning of its worst nightmare: the […]

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    Not punishment or revenge, but stone-cold sober calculations: the EU will drive a hard bargain

Not punishment or revenge, but stone-cold sober calculations: the EU will drive a hard bargain

Having triggered Article 50 of the EU Treaty, the British government officially kicked off the Brexit negotiations on March 29. Until today, both parties pretended not to give in and instead promised a tough negotiation strategy. Game theory offers one way of testing the reliability of these claims and allowing the negotiations to be seen for what they […]