Tag Archives: Euro

Aug 14 2015

Weaponisation of War Memories and Anti-German Sentiment

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By Roberto Orsi In the aftermath of the tumultuous events in Brussels and Athens, public opinions in Europe and elsewhere have been rapidly polarised, to an extent perhaps not seen in decades. The dramatic deterioration of Greek finances (both public … Continue reading

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Jul 13 2015

The real sins of Varoufakis: why Greece is being punished for refusing to play by the Eurogroup’s rules

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By Christopher Bickerton Talks continued through the night in Brussels, with Eurozone leaders eventually reaching an agreement on Greece. While negotiations were always likely to be tough, the original discussions between Greece and its creditors did not break down because … Continue reading

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May 22 2015

Are Italian Public Debt Forecasts Too Optimistic?

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By Giuseppe Bianchimani Italy, a history of large public debt Italy has the third largest stock of public debt in the world, the second in the euro zone next to Greece and the highest debt service ratio in the G7. … Continue reading

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May 18 2015

Eurosceptics at a Junction: Antagonising the EU for the Sake of it is Risky

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By Alessio Colonnelli All right-wing parties seem to dabble in anti-EU rhetoric more or less radically: the EU weakens the prerogatives of their nation-states. Germany’s Christian Democratic Union is a conspicuous exception; it sharply antagonises the further-to-the-right Alternative for Germany, … Continue reading

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Feb 11 2015

The Greek Government’s programme: an act of defiance or a call for compromise?

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By Eleftherios Antonopoulos & Konstantinos Kostagiannis International media described the Greek prime minister’s address to the parliament on Sunday as “defiant” (BBC and Reuters for example). Yet, what emerged from the speech was a mildly coherent attempt to bridge the … Continue reading

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Nov 20 2014

Crisis Discourses in Europe: Media EU-phemisms and Alternative Narratives

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By Tamsin Murray-Leach It would be catastrophising to claim that euroscepticism won the European elections earlier this year – but it certainly staked a claim. Two years ago, we predicted the capturing of Europe by populist parties in our study of … Continue reading

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May 30 2014

Beppe Grillo’s Bitter Moment of Truth

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By Roberto Orsi  The European election results in Italy have been rather surprising. In the context of today’s three-party political landscape (the centre-left Democratic Party, Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement, and Berlusconi’s Forza Italia), most pre-vote polls indicated a rise … Continue reading

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May 29 2014

A Legitimization of the Italian Government More Than a Vote for Europe

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By Monica Poletti The overwhelming victory of the Democratic Party Elections in Italy rarely fail to surprise. The victory at the 2014 EP elections of the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his centre-left, pro-European Democratic Party (PD) came as a … Continue reading

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Apr 2 2014

What has been agreed on banking union risks reigniting, rather than resolving the crisis

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By Iain Begg In December 2013 EU finance ministers negotiated an agreement aimed at establishing a banking union, with further talks between the European Parliament and the Member States ending in an agreement last week. Iain Begg provides a detailed … Continue reading

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Jan 13 2014

Europe is diverging: ignore it at your peril

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By Lorenzo Marsili In the optimistic 1990s, the introduction of the Euro was to represent the kernel of the European integration process. The single currency was meant to act as the motor for the “ever-closer” convergence of European economies, thereby … Continue reading

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