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    Spain is unlikely to veto an independent Scotland’s EU membership

Spain is unlikely to veto an independent Scotland’s EU membership

If Scotland votes to become independent on 18 September then it will seek to become a member state of the European Union. However some commentators have raised the question of whether Spain might seek to veto Scotland’s membership or impose concessions on the country to avoid setting a precedent for Catalonia. Dani Cetrà writes that it is unlikely Spain […]

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September 15th, 2014|Dani Cetrà, featured|1 Comment|
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    Book Review: Social Policies and Social Control: New perspectives on the “Not-so-Big Society” edited by Malcolm Harrison & Teela Sanders

Book Review: Social Policies and Social Control: New perspectives on the “Not-so-Big Society” edited by Malcolm Harrison & Teela Sanders

This collection seeks to provide an innovative account of social control and behaviourism within welfare systems and social policies, and the implications for disadvantaged groups. The authors consider the controls, assumptions and persuasions applied to individuals and households and explore broader themes, including how ‘new behaviourism’ was consolidated during the New Labour and Cameron periods in the UK. Lee […]

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September 14th, 2014|Book Reviews|0 Comments|
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    Swedish general election: a final look at the polls and the party platforms

Swedish general election: a final look at the polls and the party platforms

Sweden will hold a general election on 14 September. Ahead of the vote Jonathan Polk and Henrik Ekengren Oscarsson provide an overview of the polling and the platforms for each of the mainstream parties. They note that while the ‘Red-Green’ opposition parties have been leading the polls, there is some momentum for the governing ‘Alliance’ coalition and it still […]

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    Turkey’s ambivalence toward joining a US coalition against IS reflects the country’s difficult strategic position

Turkey’s ambivalence toward joining a US coalition against IS reflects the country’s difficult strategic position

The United States has been in the process of building a coalition of countries against IS militants in Iraq. Although Turkey has been involved in these discussions, it did not sign a joint statement which was backed by a number of other states in the region. Ryan Kennedy and Halil Bilecen write on Turkey’s difficult strategic position, noting that the […]

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    Ireland’s latest abortion scandal shows the country still suffers from a policy vacuum over the issue

Ireland’s latest abortion scandal shows the country still suffers from a policy vacuum over the issue

Ireland’s abortion laws have recently generated controversy following the case of a rape victim – ‘Ms Y’ – who was refused an abortion and instead gave birth by Caesarean section. The country has experienced previous crises over the issue, most recently after the death of dentist Savita Halappanavar in 2012. Lisa Smyth writes on the controversy, arguing that Ireland […]

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September 11th, 2014|featured, Lisa Smyth|0 Comments|
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    Should Catalonia hold an independence referendum? Four responses from EUROPP contributors

Should Catalonia hold an independence referendum? Four responses from EUROPP contributors

A demonstration in support of Catalan independence from Spain was held on 11 September to coincide with the National Day of Catalonia. With no agreement between the Catalan and Spanish governments over whether a proposed referendum on independence should be held in November, we asked four of EUROPP’s contributors to give their views.

Francesc Trillas: “Catalonia should find a better […]

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