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    Being German, becoming Muslim: how German converts to Islam balance their national identity and their faith

Being German, becoming Muslim: how German converts to Islam balance their national identity and their faith

Studies on the growth of Muslim populations in western Europe often focus on the role of immigration, but every year an increasing number of citizens in western European countries also make the decision to convert to Islam. Esra Özyürek writes on the challenges faced by German converts, noting that Germany’s Muslim communities have adopted a variety of different approaches […]

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    Despite the rise of Ciudadanos and Podemos, there is plenty of life left in the Spanish political establishment

Despite the rise of Ciudadanos and Podemos, there is plenty of life left in the Spanish political establishment

A surge in support for two parties – Podemos and Ciudadanos – ahead of the Spanish general election later this year has led some commentators to ask whether Spain’s two party system, which has traditionally been dominated by the centre-left PSOE and centre-right People’s Party, is coming to an end. Alejandro Quiroga writes on how support for the parties […]

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    Book Review: The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication

Book Review: The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication

The authors of this book address how Hizbullah uses image, language, and its charismatic leader, Hassan Nasrallah, to legitimise its political aims and appeal to different target groups. Morgane Colleau finds the book to be a highly valuable contribution that sheds much needed light on a key causal dimension in the movement’s endurance.

The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication. Lina […]

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    Fiscal consolidation policies have had had a disastrous effect on the Croatian economy

Fiscal consolidation policies have had had a disastrous effect on the Croatian economy

Croatia’s government, led by Zoran Milanović, is now into its last year in power before elections scheduled for the start of 2016. Will Bartlett writes on the government’s economic record. He argues that Milanović’s decision to continue with the previous government’s policy of fiscal consolidation has had dismal consequences for the country’s economy. The only hope is that if […]

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    Five minutes with Konstantin von Eggert and Nikolay Petrov: “If the West backs Putin into a corner, nothing can be excluded”

Five minutes with Konstantin von Eggert and Nikolay Petrov: “If the West backs Putin into a corner, nothing can be excluded”

To what extent have Russia’s actions in Ukraine reflected Vladimir Putin’s domestic political situation? In an interview with EUROPP’s Stuart Brown and LSEE’s Tena Prelec, Konstantin von Eggert and Nikolay Petrov discuss the domestic side to Russia’s foreign policy, what a Russia without Putin would look like, and why the West should avoid backing Putin into a corner over […]

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    Straitjacketing the state: how local and national governments have lost power over public service governance to Brussels

Straitjacketing the state: how local and national governments have lost power over public service governance to Brussels

How do EU rules affect the ability of governments to provide public services? Judith Clifton writes that Europeanisation has effectively become a ‘ball and chain’ for domestic policy-makers. She argues that the EU has gradually and subtly created an ever more important layer of governance over how public services can be delivered, effectively straitjacketing the state.

For two decades, […]

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