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    Ahead of snap elections, Greenland’s independence ambitions could open a window for closer co-operation with the EU

Ahead of snap elections, Greenland’s independence ambitions could open a window for closer co-operation with the EU

Greenland will hold elections on 28 November following an expenses scandal involving Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond, which led to the collapse of the government. Ulrik Pram Gad writes that while there is strong support within Greenland for establishing independence from Denmark, the recent political turmoil has undermined plans to use investment in extractive industries such as mining as the […]

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    Tuition fees had no negative effect on participation in higher education in Germany

Tuition fees had no negative effect on participation in higher education in Germany

Following political opposition, all German states have abolished university tuition fees, which were originally implemented in the mid-2000s. Berthold U. Wigger outlines the findings of research on the effect tuition fees had on enrolment levels in German universities. He writes that contrary to expectations, tuition fees did not have an identifiable negative effect on enrolment levels within Germany. He […]

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    The UK’s £1.7 billion EU bill puts the country one step closer to a ‘Brexit’

The UK’s £1.7 billion EU bill puts the country one step closer to a ‘Brexit’

The UK has been asked to pay an extra £1.7 billion to the EU budget by 1 December following a reassessment of the size of the British economy. Iain Begg writes that while the issue has generated an extremely hostile reaction from David Cameron, the data correction process used to arrive at the figure is well-known to the UK […]

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October 30th, 2014|featured, Iain Begg|0 Comments|
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    European Parliament staff: who are they and do their backgrounds influence decision-making?

European Parliament staff: who are they and do their backgrounds influence decision-making?

The European Parliament and the political groups within it employ a number of staff members to help co-ordinate various aspects of the Parliament’s legislative work. But who are these staff members and do their individual backgrounds influence their decisions? Morten Egeberg, Åse Gornitzka and Jarle Trondal present the results of a survey of European Parliament officials. They write that […]

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    Citizens in Poland are paying a democratic price for the shale gas and missile defence policies pursued by their government

Citizens in Poland are paying a democratic price for the shale gas and missile defence policies pursued by their government

Poland has taken one of the strongest lines against Russia during the Ukraine crisis. Edyta Materka argues, however, that some of the key elements in Poland’s wider foreign policy strategy have had a negative impact on Polish citizens. She writes that both Poland’s agreement to host a missile defence project as part of an alliance with the United States, […]

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    The case for using public investment to boost growth in the Eurozone is overwhelming

The case for using public investment to boost growth in the Eurozone is overwhelming

Growth in the Eurozone has stagnated recently, generating fears that Europe could be heading toward another economic crisis. Harald Sander writes on three explanations for the lack of a recovery in the Eurozone. He argues that the focus on balancing budgets and pursuing structural reforms has clearly failed to revive Eurozone economies and that a large public investment initiative […]

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October 28th, 2014|Harald Sander|0 Comments|