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    The victory of Mustafa Akıncı in northern Cyprus gives hope to Turkish Cypriots of a better future

The victory of Mustafa Akıncı in northern Cyprus gives hope to Turkish Cypriots of a better future

Northern Cyprus held the second round of its presidential election on 26 April, with Mustafa Akıncı defeating the incumbent President, Derviş Eroğlu. Rebecca Bryant writes on what the result of the election might mean for the people of northern Cyprus and future negotiations with the Greek Cypriot-controlled Republic of Cyprus. She notes that while Akıncı’s victory has been met […]

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    The ‘ages of welfare’: why Europe’s welfare states are at risk of terminal decline

The ‘ages of welfare’: why Europe’s welfare states are at risk of terminal decline

Has the financial crisis fundamentally weakened Europe’s welfare states? Luis Moreno assesses the development of welfare states in Europe in the post-war period. He writes that three distinct ‘ages’ of welfare can be identified: a ‘Golden Age’ which ended in the mid-1970s, a ‘Silver Age’ which ran from the 1970s until the financial crisis, and a ‘Bronze Age’ in […]

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    Book Review: Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism

Book Review: Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism

In Pressed for Time, Judy Wajcman adopts a sociological perspective on the effect new technological developments, such as smart phones and the internet, have had on our perception of time. She argues that while new digital technologies have contributed to a general feeling that modern life has become more ‘rushed’ than it used to be, this is the result […]

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    Tweeting for peace? Twitter may help to defuse sectarian tensions in Northern Ireland

Tweeting for peace? Twitter may help to defuse sectarian tensions in Northern Ireland

What role does social media play in tensions between communities in Northern Ireland? Paul Reilly outlines findings from research on the use of Twitter during the ‘marching season’ in July 2014. He writes that while social media has often been used to reinforce divisions between communities in Northern Ireland, it can also be used to help defuse sectarian tensions.

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    Some much needed momentum is finally building behind the EU’s emissions trading system

Some much needed momentum is finally building behind the EU’s emissions trading system

The EU emissions trading system (ETS) is a key component of the European Union’s policy for tackling climate change. The ETS works using a ‘cap and trade’ system, with a progressively tightening limit set on the amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted by factories, power plants and other actors. Jørgen Wettestad and Torbjørg Jevnaker write that after […]

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What the UK should learn from Syriza and Greek Eurosceptics

Britain’s membership of the European Union has been an important issue in the lead up to the 2015 UK general election. George Kyris writes on the potential lessons the UK could learn from the experience of Greece, particularly in light of the pledge by David Cameron to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s EU membership. He argues that the attempts […]

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