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    The effect of EU spending on support for the integration process depends on how ‘European’ citizens feel

The effect of EU spending on support for the integration process depends on how ‘European’ citizens feel

It is often assumed that citizens in states receiving large levels of EU spending are more likely to be supportive of their country’s EU membership. Based on a recent study, Adam William Chalmers and Lisa Maria Dellmuth write that while this principle makes intuitive sense, the reality is more complex. They find that the extent to which citizens already […]

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    How the split in Germany’s Eurosceptic AfD is likely to help Angela Merkel

How the split in Germany’s Eurosceptic AfD is likely to help Angela Merkel

The Eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) narrowly failed to cross Germany’s five per cent electoral threshold in the country’s 2013 federal elections, but managed to gain seven MEPs in the 2014 European Parliament elections. However, as Julian M Hoerner notes, this initial success has evaporated in recent months following a split within the party. He writes that the split […]

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Can Civic Platform still win the 2015 Polish election?

Poland will hold its next parliamentary election in October. Aleks Szczerbiak writes that the country’s current ruling party, Civic Platform, has launched a fightback following its shock defeat in Poland’s presidential election in May. However, he notes that the political fundamentals are still working in the opposition’s favour and that Paweł Kukiz, an ‘anti-system’ rock star-turned-politician, could emerge as […]

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    Rising inequality in the Eurozone underlines the need for a fiscal union

Rising inequality in the Eurozone underlines the need for a fiscal union

How has inequality within Eurozone states changed during the pursuit of Economic and Monetary Union? Dawid Sawicki writes that in the majority of Eurozone members income inequality has increased substantially since 1990. He argues that this is partly the result of a lack of automatic stabilisers within the Eurozone that can compensate for economic shocks, and that the increase […]

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    Book Review: Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement: Organisation, Communication and Ideology

Book Review: Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement: Organisation, Communication and Ideology

In ‘Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement: Organisation, Communication and Ideology’ the contributors cast a critical view over the history and development of the Five Star Movement – from its origins as a small protest movement to its present status as a major political player in Italy. Kally Zarali finds the book provides extensive answers to questions concerning the Five […]

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    Recent trends in Italy highlight the ‘presidentialised’ future of democratic politics in Europe

Recent trends in Italy highlight the ‘presidentialised’ future of democratic politics in Europe

Are European political systems becoming more ‘presidentialised’? Fortunato Musella writes on the experience of Italy in recent decades, first under the leadership of Silvio Berlusconi, and later under Matteo Renzi. He argues that the movement toward presidentialisation in the country is not unique to Italy and is part of a wider trend across western Europe.

Some cross-national trends are changing […]

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