Tag Archives: Nationalism

Nov 17 2017

Four graphs about Catalonia and citizens’ attitudes towards the EU

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By Ariane Aumaitre “Is this the Europe that you invite us to build, with a government in prison? How long are you, Europe, going to look away from this coup, from the abuse of our colleagues, who are elected representatives, … Continue reading

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Jun 14 2017

Does the Catalan Independence Movement Really ‘Love Democracy’?

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By Jose Javier Olivas On 9 June 2017, the Catalan government announced a self-determination referendum to be held on 1 October 2017. Two days later, next to a big banner with the slogan ‘Love Democracy’ and in front of 40,000 … Continue reading

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Feb 7 2017

Against Anti-Pluralism

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By Max Hänska Citizens are voting for candidates hitherto considered unlikely; the future of the EU, and indeed the post-war international order is in question. It is unsurprising that the current fin de siècle atmosphere, and many citizens’ sense of … Continue reading

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Dec 9 2016

A View on Brexit from Abroad

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By Henry Freeman Promises of an extra £350m a week, posted on the side of a bus. Doomsday economic predictions from the Remain campaign; the reply, “We’ve had enough of experts!”. Jo Cox MP shot dead in the street, the … Continue reading

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Jul 7 2016

‘We want our country back’ – stop sneering, start listening

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By Michael Skey The post-mortem is now well under way and the general consensus seems to be that those who voted leave were gullible fools led astray by a combination of a partisan press and slick political operators selling a … Continue reading

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Jul 4 2016

On Brexit & Control

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By Tom Gaisford The EU referendum result was not a triumph for democracy, so much as a symptom of large-scale manipulation. For all the discord and unrest it has unleashed, it may at least serve to enhance global awareness of … Continue reading

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May 7 2015

The Double Death of Europe

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By Adrian Pabst Introduction: the broken promise of peace and prosperity The continual crisis in the Eurozone and in Ukraine poses the most serious danger to Europe since the darkest days of the Cold War. Economic devastation in the south … Continue reading

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Feb 5 2015

Greek elections 2015: the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?

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By Sotirios Zartaloudis SYRIZA’s recent electoral victory attracted global attention. This commentary will try to explain SYRIZA’s surprise move to form a coalition government with the far-right party ANEL arguing that both parties share a worldview that explains their co-operation. … Continue reading

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Jan 9 2015

The challenge of responding to extreme political views: Germany struggles to address Pegida’s anti-Islam protests

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By Stefan Bauchowitz Unlike European countries in times of the financial crisis, Germany’s economic success meant that it largely avoided debates on closing off countries against a “tide of immigrants”, and populism was largely confined to opposition to bailouts in … Continue reading

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Sep 11 2014

Is an independence referendum the appropriate political tool to address the Catalan problem?

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By Jose Javier Olivas The question whether Catalonia should be allowed to hold an independence referendum can be approached from different angles. In addition to important legal and procedural issues, the organisation of this referendum is highly problematic from both … Continue reading

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