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    The EU’s latest sanctions against Russia: the legal basis and how they will work in practice

The EU’s latest sanctions against Russia: the legal basis and how they will work in practice

The EU and the United States announced a tougher set of sanctions against Russia on 29 July, aimed at putting pressure on the country over the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Antonios Tzanakopoulos assesses the legality of the sanctions and their likelihood of success. He writes that while sanctions have the potential to encourage Russia to scale back its support for […]

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    Economic integration through the EU is unlikely to increase support for independence movements in European states

Economic integration through the EU is unlikely to increase support for independence movements in European states

Independence movements have gained prominence across Europe in recent decades, most notably in Scotland and Catalonia, but what impact does European integration have on this process? Dawn Brancati writes that integration through the EU has often been argued to raise the likelihood of separatism as it reduces the economic need to remain part of a larger free trade area […]

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    New public administration reforms are required to meet the challenges posed by Europe’s austerity policies

New public administration reforms are required to meet the challenges posed by Europe’s austerity policies

What challenges do austerity policies pose for public administration across Europe? Dion Curry writes on the views of both citizens and public sector executives on trends within public administration over the last five years. He notes that while perceptions of recent developments are complex and at times contradictory, it is important that academics and practitioners work together to generate […]

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    The ‘Poundzone’ is just as sub-optimal a currency area as the Eurozone

The ‘Poundzone’ is just as sub-optimal a currency area as the Eurozone

One of the arguments frequently made against the euro is that the Eurozone represents a ‘non-optimal’ currency area. This derives from the notion that the variations between regions within the Eurozone are simply too large for them to share a single currency without encountering problems. Waltraud Schelkle assesses this argument by comparing the experience of the Eurozone with that […]

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    The EU’s ‘tougher’ sanctions against Russia must be used as a step toward greater engagement, not simply as a punishment

The EU’s ‘tougher’ sanctions against Russia must be used as a step toward greater engagement, not simply as a punishment

On 29 July, EU governments approved a number of new sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. Borja Guijarro-Usobiaga writes on the likely impact of the new sanctions, arguing that rather than simply using sanctions as a method for punishing Russia, they must be seen as a stepping stone to promote greater engagement with the country. He notes that […]

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    The divergent social attitudes toward nuclear energy across Europe help explain why states have pursued radically different nuclear policies

The divergent social attitudes toward nuclear energy across Europe help explain why states have pursued radically different nuclear policies

Policies toward nuclear energy vary considerably between European states, but what factors explain why different countries adopt different approaches? Using Eurobarometer data, Fabio Franchino writes on the social bases underpinning nuclear energy policies. He shows that elements such as ideology and the proximity of individuals to power plants have different effects on nuclear attitudes across Europe, which may provide […]

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