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    Europe is entering the ‘age of the referendum’, but there is nothing to fear for European democracy if referendums are properly regulated

Europe is entering the ‘age of the referendum’, but there is nothing to fear for European democracy if referendums are properly regulated

Referendums have become increasingly common occurrences in European states in recent decades. Stephen Tierney writes on some of the potential benefits and dangers of using referendums to solve key constitutional questions. He writes that while referendums can undermine democracy if used incorrectly, they generally suffer from problems of practice rather than principle and these problems can be overcome in […]

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    The EU should set explicit press freedom requirements for candidate countries

The EU should set explicit press freedom requirements for candidate countries

Despite being viewed as a key component of European democracy, media freedom varies significantly across EU states. Based on the annual ‘Freedom of the Press’ report produced by Freedom House, Jennifer Dunham assesses media freedom in EU candidate countries. She notes that seven of the eight candidate or potential candidate states considered have press freedom ratings substantially below the […]

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    Greater attention should be paid to the consequences of a ‘Brexit’ for the EU and other states around the world, not just the UK

Greater attention should be paid to the consequences of a ‘Brexit’ for the EU and other states around the world, not just the UK

The UK’s EU membership is likely to be a key issue in the 2015 British general election campaign: a point underlined by the defection last week of the Conservative MP Douglas Carswell to UKIP. Almut Möller and Tim Oliver write that while the issue is of obvious significance within the UK, a potential ‘Brexit’ is also extremely important for other […]

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    Globalisation has created substantial benefits, but global governance must evolve to meet the challenges posed by new systemic risks

Globalisation has created substantial benefits, but global governance must evolve to meet the challenges posed by new systemic risks

The 2007-08 financial crisis highlighted the potential for negative economic developments to spread quickly across the world’s interconnected economies. Ian Goldin writes that this constituted the first example of a truly systemic crisis, where risks that pooled in a relatively small market in the American Midwest (the sub-prime mortgage market) cascaded to all corners of the global economy. He […]

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September 1st, 2014|featured, Ian Goldin|1 Comment|
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    EU funding has helped ensure underrepresented groups have a greater voice in EU decision-making

EU funding has helped ensure underrepresented groups have a greater voice in EU decision-making

A number of civil society organisations (CSOs) have offices in Brussels aimed at influencing EU decision-making, however the fact that many of these organisations also receive EU funding has raised questions about their independence. Rosa Sanchez Salgado investigates the funding records of Brussels based CSOs, noting that although a majority receive EU funds, the largest proportion of funding is […]

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    Book Review: The Politics of Dissent: A Biography of E D Morel by Donald Mitchell

Book Review: The Politics of Dissent: A Biography of E D Morel by Donald Mitchell

Reformer, rebel, political activist; amongst his many achievements E D Morel directed the first great humanitarian campaign of the 20th Century which brought King Leopold II of Belgium’s regime in the Congo to an end. Elaine Kellman recommends this biography to those interested in history, politics and international relations, as well as more specifically the history of the Congo, […]

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