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    Who are the winners and losers from the cancellation of the South Stream pipeline?

Who are the winners and losers from the cancellation of the South Stream pipeline?

Vladimir Putin has announced that the construction of the South Stream pipeline, which was intended to transport gas from Russia across the Black Sea to South East Europe, is to be abandoned. Marco Siddi assesses the winners and losers from the cancellation of the project. He writes that while the key winner is likely to be Ukraine, countries in […]

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    With Greek MPs set to vote on the country’s new president, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Greece and the Eurozone

With Greek MPs set to vote on the country’s new president, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Greece and the Eurozone

The Greek parliament is holding a series of votes on electing the country’s next President. Although the position of President is largely ceremonial, the issue has created political uncertainty due to the present government lacking the required support to elect their designated candidate. Should they fail to appoint a new President by 29 December, the Greek constitution states that […]

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    Solving the EU’s democratic deficit would help revive democracy at the national level

Solving the EU’s democratic deficit would help revive democracy at the national level

The European Union has often been accused of having a ‘democratic deficit’, but what measures would actually improve EU democracy? William Outhwaite writes on theoretical models of democracy and how they might be applied to EU politics. He notes that while the democratic problems associated with the EU policy process are very real, strong leadership from within the EU’s […]

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    Greek civil society has a crucial role to play in maintaining social cohesion during the country’s crisis

Greek civil society has a crucial role to play in maintaining social cohesion during the country’s crisis

Greece is facing a period of political uncertainty after the process of appointing the country’s next president was moved forward to December. Despite currently lacking the required number of parliamentary votes to appoint a new president, the Greek government must elect its preferred candidate by 29 December or new parliamentary elections will have to be called in early 2015. […]

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    Book Review: Models of Democracy in Nordic and Baltic Europe: political institutions and discourse, edited by Nicholas Aylott

Book Review: Models of Democracy in Nordic and Baltic Europe: political institutions and discourse, edited by Nicholas Aylott

In this book, contributors aim to explore the possibility that some of the apparently successful institutional features of Nordic politics have influenced politics in the Baltic states, despite the considerable contextual differences between the two groups of countries. Harry Evans writes that given the lack of material on the adoption of the Nordic model in other countries, the book offers […]

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Book Review: Feminism and Men by Nikki Van Der Gaag

In this book, Nikki van der Gaag asks how feminism might improve the lives of men as well as women. Andria Christofidou writes that the book is a good starting point for anyone looking to get an overview of men’s involvement in feminist movements, and that more generally it will be useful for those with an interest in issues […]

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