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    Eurasian integration must be based on clear values and principles rather than simply Russian influence

Eurasian integration must be based on clear values and principles rather than simply Russian influence

Recent events in Ukraine have triggered an interest in the Eurasian Union and Russia’s role in the region. Catherine Lefèvre writes that although Eurasian integration may be inspired to some extent by the European Union, it lacks the shared principles and values which have underpinned some of the EU’s successes. She argues that if Eurasian integration is simply driven […]

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    A global progressive tax on individual net worth would offer the best solution to the world’s spiralling levels of inequality

A global progressive tax on individual net worth would offer the best solution to the world’s spiralling levels of inequality

The issue of inequality is one of the most salient in global and European politics. Thomas Piketty writes on the economic forces which have impacted upon inequality since the end of the First World War. He argues that with disparities in income and wealth rising substantially over recent decades, a global progressive tax on individual net worth would offer […]

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    Only decisive western action can prevent eastern Ukraine from becoming another Crimea

Only decisive western action can prevent eastern Ukraine from becoming another Crimea

Buildings have been occupied by groups in several towns and cities in eastern Ukraine, while the Ukrainian government has begun a military operation to try and regain control. Borja Guijarro Usobiaga writes on potential diplomatic solutions to the crisis. He argues that any western-backed solution must involve Russia as a partner and be stronger than the response produced by […]

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    With the final votes counted, Fidesz has secured a ‘super-majority’ in Hungary, but it is questionable how fair the election really was

With the final votes counted, Fidesz has secured a ‘super-majority’ in Hungary, but it is questionable how fair the election really was

Hungary held elections on 6 April, with the ruling Fidesz party winning a clear majority of seats. While there was initially some doubt over whether Fidesz had secured the ‘super-majority’ in parliament needed to amend the country’s constitution, the final results announced on 12 April indicated that it had met this target. Agnes Batory writes that although the parliamentary […]

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    Clegg ‘lost’ to Farage because he was viewed as representative of the political class, not because the public disagree with him on the EU

Clegg ‘lost’ to Farage because he was viewed as representative of the political class, not because the public disagree with him on the EU

Ahead of the European elections, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, and the leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, held two much publicised debates on the UK’s EU membership. Although the general consensus from polling was that Farage came out on top, Nick Anstead finds that there were in fact different discussions going on, with the two party […]

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    The Ukraine crisis has highlighted the limitations of Germany’s ‘more active’ foreign policy approach

The Ukraine crisis has highlighted the limitations of Germany’s ‘more active’ foreign policy approach

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced earlier this year that Germany would be pursuing a more active approach to foreign policy issues. Julia Himmrich writes that while this was an important break from the country’s reluctance to become involved in foreign conflicts since the end of the Second World War, the on-going Ukraine crisis has revealed the difficulties in […]

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