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    The lesson from Brexit is that too much market and too little state invites a backlash

The lesson from Brexit is that too much market and too little state invites a backlash

Several commentators have suggested that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union illustrates that governments must pay greater attention to the ‘losers’ from globalisation. Kevin O’Rourke argues that this fact has long been obvious. As the historical record demonstrates plainly and repeatedly, too much market and too little state invites a backlash. He writes that markets and states […]

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    Avoiding the mainstream: Why radical right-wing populist parties remain ‘radical’ in government

Avoiding the mainstream: Why radical right-wing populist parties remain ‘radical’ in government

Radical right-wing populist parties have experienced a growth in support in several European countries over the last 15 years, but how do such parties adapt to power when they enter government? Tjitske Akkerman, Sarah de Lange and Matthijs Rooduijn write that although radical right-wing populist parties do become more mainstream in some respects when they enter office, this is […]

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Why the ECB is not to blame for low interest rates

In the latest set of EU stress tests, several German lenders performed poorly. As Markus Demary writes, some of this performance has been blamed on low interest rates squeezing the profitability of lenders. He argues that while the ECB has frequently been blamed for this situation, the reality is more complex and instead reflects long-term trends which can only […]

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    Book Review: Between Nationalism and Europeanisation: Narratives of National Identity in Bulgaria and Macedonia by Nevena Nancheva

Book Review: Between Nationalism and Europeanisation: Narratives of National Identity in Bulgaria and Macedonia by Nevena Nancheva

In Between Nationalism and Europeanisation: Narratives of National Identity in Bulgaria and Macedonia, Nevena Nancheva looks at two post-communist Balkan states ‒ Bulgaria and Macedonia ‒ to explore how their narratives of national identity have changed in the context of Europeanisation and EU membership preparations. Although a challenging read at times, this book focuses on two underrepresented states to […]

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    Why political disagreements over how the world works may be easier to solve than those over goals

Why political disagreements over how the world works may be easier to solve than those over goals

Politics is all about disagreement: disagreement over what governments should be trying to achieve, but also about how the world works and how that affects the pursuit of shared goals. But what makes disagreements over beliefs different from disagreements over goals? In a new study drawing on evidence from the United States, Alexander V. Hirsch writes that beliefs may […]

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    The UK’s referendum and post-fact politics: How can campaigners be held accountable for their claims?

The UK’s referendum and post-fact politics: How can campaigners be held accountable for their claims?

Both sides of the UK’s EU referendum campaign were criticised for presenting misleading information to the public. Alan Renwick, Matthew Flinders and Will Jennings write that the referendum highlighted the inability of the British political system to enforce standards of factual accuracy in how politicians campaign. They argue that while legal or regulatory changes could alter this picture to […]

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    How transparency can be improved in the way EU laws are negotiated and agreed

How transparency can be improved in the way EU laws are negotiated and agreed

The EU’s legislative process has often been criticised from the perspective that it lacks transparency. Aidan O’Sullivan outlines the findings of a recent inquiry by the European Ombudsman on the transparency of so called ‘Trilogue’ negotiations, where representatives of the European Parliament and national Ministers meet to negotiate and agree on a common final text for a law.

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    Is there still a point to UKIP? The future of British Euroscepticism post-Brexit

Is there still a point to UKIP? The future of British Euroscepticism post-Brexit

The United Kingdom Independence Party is in the process of appointing a new leader, following the resignation of Nigel Farage after the EU referendum. Simon Usherwood writes that in many respects the British Eurosceptic movement is now at a crossroads, having achieved its aim via the referendum, but still wanting to maintain a presence in British politics. He suggests […]

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    Interview with Sadiq Khan: “London must have a seat at the table during the negotiations to leave the EU”

Interview with Sadiq Khan: “London must have a seat at the table during the negotiations to leave the EU”

What will Brexit mean for the city of London? In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, discusses his new ‘London is Open’ campaign, the effect of Brexit on Londoners, and whether there is a case for London having more say over how the money it generates in tax revenue is spent.

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    Why Central Europe needs a unified strategy for tackling the migration crisis

Why Central Europe needs a unified strategy for tackling the migration crisis

Central Europe has been one of the focal points of the migration crisis, yet there have been clear disagreements between Central European countries on how the crisis should be managed. Gabi Gőbl, Christian Kvorning Lassen, Marko Lovec, Milan Nič and Paul Schmidt write that while the route through which people entered Central Europe in 2015 has largely been closed, […]

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    Interview with Srgjan Kerim, Candidate for UN Secretary General: “I don’t want to be everybody’s darling and I don’t want to serve anybody’s cause. I want to serve the cause of the organisation.”

Interview with Srgjan Kerim, Candidate for UN Secretary General: “I don’t want to be everybody’s darling and I don’t want to serve anybody’s cause. I want to serve the cause of the organisation.”

The United Nations is in the process of selecting a new Secretary General to take over from Ban Ki-moon, whose term ends later this year. In the leadup to the appointment, we are featuring interviews with some of the candidates for the role. In the third of these discussions, EUROPP editor Tena Prelec speaks to Srgjan Kerim, the candidate […]

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    Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Swedish Politics edited by Jon Pierre

Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Swedish Politics edited by Jon Pierre

In this new edited volume, The Oxford Handbook of Swedish Politics, Jon Pierre brings together 50 contributors to describe and analyse Sweden’s past and contemporary political and constitutional settlement. Challenging romanticising interpretations of Sweden as an inherent beacon of prosperity and equality, this is a much-needed, well-organised and comprehensive collection that traces the evolution, development and possible twilight of […]

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Should economics be democratised?

When it comes to managing an economy should policymakers act on the basis of technical expertise or in accordance with the views of voters? Simon Wren-Lewis writes that economists need to act more as a collective, and do a much better job of articulating consensus viewpoints to the public when it comes to important questions of economic policy.

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    Understanding the role of the mass media in the EU Referendum

Understanding the role of the mass media in the EU Referendum

What role did the media play in shaping the result of the UK’s EU referendum? Mike Berry writes that the media was both the venue where each campaign concentrated their primary efforts, and a crucial mechanism for setting the political agenda. He notes that the Leave campaign generally navigated the media more effectively than the Remain side throughout the […]

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    Austria’s presidential race is heading for a third round – here are the lessons from the first two

Austria’s presidential race is heading for a third round – here are the lessons from the first two

Austria is due to hold a rerun of its presidential election on 2 October, following the Constitutional Court of Austria’s decision to annul Alexander Van der Bellen’s narrow victory in May. Mario Gavenda and Resul Umit assess the lessons that can be taken from the first election. They note that concerns over Brexit may have strengthened the appeal of […]

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    Multiculturalism can foster a new kind of post-Brexit Englishness

Multiculturalism can foster a new kind of post-Brexit Englishness

One of the questions raised by the UK’s decision to leave the EU is the extent to which national identity is becoming a stronger factor in British politics. Tariq Modood writes that the rise of Scottish and English nationalism poses a potential threat to British identity, but that a new conception of multiculturalism could revive feelings of Britishness among […]

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    Brexit and the economy: Are economists out of touch with voters and politicians?

Brexit and the economy: Are economists out of touch with voters and politicians?

Given the majority of economic studies produced on Brexit prior to the UK’s referendum suggested that leaving the EU would leave the country worse off, should we conclude that economists are simply out of step with the views of voters? Drawing on evidence from a new survey by the Centre for Macroeconomics, Wouter Den Haan, Ethan Ilzetzki, Martin Ellison […]

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    What kind of relationship with the EU is best for the UK economy post-Brexit?

What kind of relationship with the EU is best for the UK economy post-Brexit?

The UK has voted to leave the EU, but not in favour of any specific alternative to EU membership. This poses a challenge for UK policy makers and the new Prime Minister. What should the UK’s relations with the EU be, following Brexit? The UK should join the EEA and remain part of the single market, write Swati Dhingra […]

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    Moldova: The latest example of the power of the EU to promote equality law reform

Moldova: The latest example of the power of the EU to promote equality law reform

While Brexit has dominated the headlines since the UK’s referendum, other states continue to aspire to join the European Union and are presently working toward accession. Jim Fitzgerald writes on the EU’s efforts to promote equality law reform in Moldova, which signed an Association Agreement with the EU in 2014. He notes that although there has been substantial progress […]

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    Book Review: Power Shift: On the New Global Order by Richard Falk

Book Review: Power Shift: On the New Global Order by Richard Falk

In Power Shift: On the New Global Order, Richard Falk examines the challenges and changes to global politics since the end of the Cold War, covering issues including the rise of drone warfare, climate change and the growing significance of non-state actors. He focuses particularly on the key role that US militarism has played in engendering many of these […]

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