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    Brussels round up: Jumpstarting the Eurozone’s economy, French government resigns, and the Italian left at a crossroads

Brussels round up: Jumpstarting the Eurozone’s economy, French government resigns, and the Italian left at a crossroads

The EUROPP team take a look at some of the latest developments in Brussels and across Europe

Jumpstarting the Eurozone’s economy

Following disappointing economic figures in the Eurozone, Francesco Giavazzi and Guido Tabellini at Vox present a model for jumpstarting the Eurozone’s economy. They argue for a Eurozone-wide agreement to carry out a “five per cent tax cut, an extension of […]

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    European Council preview: who will get the EU’s remaining top jobs?

European Council preview: who will get the EU’s remaining top jobs?

On Saturday, EU leaders will hold a meeting aimed at selecting the next European Council President and the next High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Ahead of the discussions, Stuart Brown provides an overview of the main candidates and assesses the most likely winners for each post.

Since Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment as President of the European Commission in […]

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    With uncertainty over independence, Catalonia is set for its most significant National Day demonstration since Spain’s transition to democracy

With uncertainty over independence, Catalonia is set for its most significant National Day demonstration since Spain’s transition to democracy

The Catalan government has announced its intention to hold a referendum on declaring independence from Spain on 9 November. However, with the Spanish government opposing the referendum, it is unclear what form such a vote would take, or even if it will be held at all. Sebastian Balfour writes on the emergence of a proposal by the Catalan government […]

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    The lack of gender equality in EU decision-making means EU citizens are still suffering from a ‘double democratic deficit’

The lack of gender equality in EU decision-making means EU citizens are still suffering from a ‘double democratic deficit’

The EU has often been accused of having a democratic deficit with respect to deficiencies in the representation of citizens in EU decision-making. Joyce Marie Mushaben and Gabriele Abels discuss the role of gender equality in assessments of EU democracy, including the notion that the lack of an adequate gender balance in EU institutions constitutes a ‘double democratic deficit’. […]

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    Content analysis shows Romanians have tended to be linked to criminality and economic poverty in UK media coverage

Content analysis shows Romanians have tended to be linked to criminality and economic poverty in UK media coverage

At the beginning of 2014, transitional controls on the free movement of Romanians and Bulgarians were removed by eight EU member states. In new research, Dora-Olivia Vicol and William Allen examine how the British media reported on Bulgarians and Romanians in the run-up to the controls being lifted. A textual analysis revealed that the nouns identified as explicitly ‘Romanian’ tended […]

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    The meaning of democracy changes for Europeans depending on their education status, income and national context

The meaning of democracy changes for Europeans depending on their education status, income and national context

Most Europeans value democracy, but do all citizens have the same conception of what democracy is? Pedro C. Magalhães and Besir Ceka assess variations in how Europeans conceive of democracy and analyse the various factors which underpin different interpretations. Their findings indicate that there are a wide variety of conceptions of democracy across Europe. The key mechanism explaining this […]

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