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    The lesson from Bratislava is that the future of the European project looks bleak without the UK

The lesson from Bratislava is that the future of the European project looks bleak without the UK

The informal gathering of the 27 EU leaders, excluding the United Kingdom, in Slovakia’s capital Bratislava aimed to set an agenda to help the bloc regain the trust of European voters, damaged by the outcome of Britain’s June referendum as well as by the Union’s inability to confront its many deepening crises. Dalibor Rohac outlines its hidden meaning.

The meeting was meant […]

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September 24th, 2016|current-affairs, featured|2 Comments|
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    How internal disagreements affect the success of political parties: Evidence from Sweden

How internal disagreements affect the success of political parties: Evidence from Sweden

While political parties generally try and present a united front to the electorate, there can often be a significant gap between the policies supported by a party’s membership and the party leadership. Based on survey evidence in Sweden, Ann-Kristin Kölln and Jonathan Polk assess how these differences can affect the ability of parties to fight elections and how researchers […]

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Should we classify obesity as a disease?

In light of recent global developments in efforts to tackle obesity, Dimitrinka Atanasova outlines some of the arguments for and against classifying obesity as a disease. She argues that, as it stands, it is wiser to stick with the status quo of seeing obesity as a contributor to chronic diseases.

Obesity has been in the news quite a lot during the past […]

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    The US and China’s ratification of the Paris climate agreement puts pressure on the EU to quickly do the same

The US and China’s ratification of the Paris climate agreement puts pressure on the EU to quickly do the same

The US and China have announced that they have ratified the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. This is despite Donald Trump vowing to renegotiate the agreement if he wins the US presidential election in November. Bob Ward writes that if the Agreement comes into force – which will be very likely if it is ratified by the EU’s Member […]

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    The AfD’s second place in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania illustrates the challenge facing Merkel in 2017

The AfD’s second place in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania illustrates the challenge facing Merkel in 2017

Angela Merkel’s CDU came third behind the Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the German Social Democrats (SPD) in elections in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania on 4 September. Kai Arzheimer writes that while the result was not unexpected and the CDU still has a lead in national polling, the election underlines the challenge facing Merkel as she seeks reelection in the next […]

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    Interview with Joseph Stiglitz: “The cost of keeping the Eurozone together probably exceeds the cost of breaking it up”

Interview with Joseph Stiglitz: “The cost of keeping the Eurozone together probably exceeds the cost of breaking it up”

Can the euro be saved? In an interview with Artemis Photiadou and EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Nobel Prize-winning economist and bestselling author Joseph Stiglitz discusses the structural problems at the heart of the Eurozone, why an amicable divorce may be preferable to maintaining the single currency, and how European leaders should respond to the UK’s vote to leave the […]

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    Book Review: After the Crisis: Anthropological Thought, Neoliberalism and the Aftermath edited by James G. Carrier

Book Review: After the Crisis: Anthropological Thought, Neoliberalism and the Aftermath edited by James G. Carrier

In After the Crisis: Anthropological Thought, Neoliberalism and the Aftermath, editor James G. Carrier and contributors reflect on the impact that neoliberalism has had on the state of anthropology today. While Christopher May finds a clear account of the sense of crisis currently gripping the discipline, he argues that greater engagement with the field of critical political economy might have helped […]

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September 4th, 2016|Book Reviews, featured|0 Comments|

Us and them: How populist parties get their message across

Current discussions about politics – be it European, British, or American – almost inevitably end up being discussions about populism. Yet we know little about how populist parties communicate their messages. Focusing on this area, and drawing on extensive research from across Europe, Toril Aalberg, Frank Esser, Carsten Reinemann, Jesper Stromback, and Claes de Vreese share some key findings […]

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    A ‘one-language’ EU policy would foster elitism and hit the least advantaged

A ‘one-language’ EU policy would foster elitism and hit the least advantaged

In an increasingly English-speaking world, is multilingualism still needed in the European Union? Based on Eurostat data, Michele Gazzola finds that making English the only official language of the EU would exclude approximately four out of five EU citizens from having a deep understanding of official information. This would in turn foster inequality in the access to EU tenders and […]

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    The ‘burkini’ ban illustrates the unequal cultural power that shapes the lives of Muslims in Europe

The ‘burkini’ ban illustrates the unequal cultural power that shapes the lives of Muslims in Europe

The banning of the ‘burkini’ by a number of French municipalities has generated heated discussion about the nature of secularism in France. George Kassimeris and Leonie Jackson write that the burkini ban, alongside attempts to restrict the use of religious symbols and clothing in other European countries, demonstrates the unequal cultural power that shapes the lives of Muslims in […]

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    Renationalising fiscal policy would help rebuild support for the EU

Renationalising fiscal policy would help rebuild support for the EU

How should EU policymakers respond to growing Euroscepticism and the challenge posed to the EU’s future by Brexit? Harald Sander writes that while there have often been calls for more integration in the aftermath of crises that have hit the EU in the past, what is required now is a rebalancing of the desire of many citizens for more […]

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    Italy’s earthquake: estimating the economic and financial damage

Italy’s earthquake: estimating the economic and financial damage

The human cost of the earthquake which hit Italy on 24 August was disastrous, with nearly 300 people killed and almost 400 injured. But the earthquake will also have both a short and long-term economic impact on the country. Lorenzo Codogno attempts to estimate the size of this impact, noting that the nature of the economic damage, the lack […]

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    Why the EU still requires a fairer formula for distributing refugees

Why the EU still requires a fairer formula for distributing refugees

One of the key elements of the EU’s model for sharing the burden of the migration crisis is a so called ‘distribution key’ which calculates the proportion of refugees each EU state should accommodate. However, as Philip Grech writes, the precise construction of this formula has been the subject of criticism, with the inclusion of factors such as unemployment […]

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Delaying the countdown to Brexit: A cost-benefit analysis

Following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, a great deal of attention has focused on when the country will choose to begin its exit negotiations. Richard Rose writes that there are both pros and cons for the British government in pushing back the negotiations. A delay would allow the government to arrive at a stronger position on […]

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    Data on political attention in the Council illustrates the EU’s failure to proactively address major crises

Data on political attention in the Council illustrates the EU’s failure to proactively address major crises

When government ministers meet in the Council of the European Union, what determines the level of attention they direct toward particular policy areas and issues? Based on recent research, Frank Häge illustrates how the Council has focused on different policy areas over time. He writes that one of the most striking trends to emerge from the data is the […]

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    Book Review: Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe by Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage

Book Review: Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe by Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage

In Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe, authors Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage seek to expand our historical appreciation of the political economy of taxation and, more specifically, the taxation of the wealthiest in society. Christopher May does not hesitate in recommending this accessible and clearly argued book to those looking […]

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    What would a Trump win mean for Europe and the rest of the world?

What would a Trump win mean for Europe and the rest of the world?

American elections are not won or lost on foreign policy issues. Yet, the foreign policy beliefs and strategic ideas of whoever moves into the White House next January will have repercussions which will be felt around the world for years to come. Nicholas Kitchen writes that Hillary Clinton is a liberal internationalist – the dominant strategic approach across post-War […]

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    Survey evidence: The EU referendum had a clear positive impact on young people’s political engagement

Survey evidence: The EU referendum had a clear positive impact on young people’s political engagement

The UK’s EU referendum was often discussed in terms of a generational divide between older citizens who were more likely to vote Leave, and younger citizens who were more likely to back Remain. But did the referendum do anything to increase the interest of younger citizens in politics? Presenting survey evidence gathered at the beginning and end of the […]

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How to prevent Brexit from damaging the EU

What should the EU’s priorities be in negotiations with the UK over Brexit? Paul De Grauwe writes that the EU should offer the UK two options: either following a Norwegian style model or leaving entirely and negotiating a free trade agreement in the same manner as other nations such as the United States and Canada. He argues that offering any […]

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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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