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    Following a tense election campaign, Romania’s new President must work to heal the divisions within the country’s party system

Following a tense election campaign, Romania’s new President must work to heal the divisions within the country’s party system

On 16 November, Klaus Iohannis was elected as the next President of Romania, defeating the country’s Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, in what many observers saw as a surprise result. Clara Volintiru writes that Romanian politics is now at a crossroads, with deep divisions between parties and widespread mistrust of politicians likely to lead to a recalibration of the country’s […]

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    Five minutes with Timothy Garton Ash: “We’re far more European in the UK than we think we are”

Five minutes with Timothy Garton Ash: “We’re far more European in the UK than we think we are”

Is it possible to create a truly European public sphere? In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Timothy Garton Ash discusses the failure of efforts to reignite the enthusiasm of citizens for European integration, the importance of European identity, and why the UK is far more European than most people believe.

A common argument is that attempts to foster […]

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    Book Review: Europe in the New Middle East: Opportunity or Exclusion? by Richard Youngs

Book Review: Europe in the New Middle East: Opportunity or Exclusion? by Richard Youngs

This book aims to examine the European Union’s response to the Arab spring from late 2010 to the beginning of 2014. Through 12 chapters, Richard Youngs seeks to assess the extent to which the EU changed its policies toward countries like Tunisia and Syria during the course of events. Inez von Weitershausen finds the book empirically rich, but recommends […]

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    Book Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

Book Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

In her latest book, Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo, assesses the role of ‘deregulated capitalism’ in climate change. Sarah Lester finds that despite the stark problems described in the book, Klein offers a glimmer of hope that climate justice movements and social mobilisation can offer an alternative future.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The […]

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November 23rd, 2014|Book Reviews, featured|0 Comments|
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    The division on the right of the UK’s party system is now the defining feature of electoral politics in Britain

The division on the right of the UK’s party system is now the defining feature of electoral politics in Britain

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) won its second seat in the UK’s parliament at a by-election on 20 November in the constituency of Rochester and Strood. Paul Whiteley writes that the victory gives the party national credibility ahead of the 2015 general election, and that a recent increase in the size of UKIP’s membership will improve their ability […]

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    Why the views of middle class citizens help explain increased choice in European healthcare systems

Why the views of middle class citizens help explain increased choice in European healthcare systems

Several countries across Europe have attempted to reform their health systems by allowing patients more choice over their healthcare provider. The typical rationale for this strategy is that by creating competition between providers, there will be an increased incentive to improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare. Joan Costa-i-Font and Valentina Zigante assess the underlying factors that have led […]

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