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Armenia’s watershed election: More free, but less fair

As Armenia prepares for a parliamentary election on 2 April, the coming contest has already been marred by pronounced polarisation and deep division. With Armenia moving to a full parliamentary form of government, writes Richard Giragosian, the election will be particularly significant and could very well shape the future of the country.

Armenia is preparing to hold a watershed election for […]

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    What an algorithm for expelling rebels and rewarding a party’s loyal MPs could look like

What an algorithm for expelling rebels and rewarding a party’s loyal MPs could look like

The use of modern technology in politics has become increasingly important in recent years, but what new opportunities could technology have for the political parties of the future? Taking inspiration from a statement by the Five Star Movement’s Beppe Grillo, Andrea Ceron outlines what an algorithm for expelling rebel MPs and rewarding loyal party members could look like. He […]

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    Fair or not? How credit rating agencies calculated their ratings during the Eurozone crisis

Fair or not? How credit rating agencies calculated their ratings during the Eurozone crisis

Credit rating agencies received a great deal of criticism during the Eurozone crisis, but what actually explains the changes that occur in a country’s credit rating? Drawing on new research, Periklis Boumparis, Costas Milas and Theodore Panagiotidis write that ratings agencies have responded differently to low-rated and high-rated Eurozone countries. Regulatory quality and competitiveness have a stronger impact for low […]

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    What if the angry white man is a woman? The gender gap in voting for the populist radical right

What if the angry white man is a woman? The gender gap in voting for the populist radical right

The archetypal populist radical right voter is usually thought of as being male, with female voters less likely to back these parties in elections. But many of these parties have nevertheless drawn on a substantial share of support from women. Outlining results from a recent study, Niels Spierings writes that although there is a gender gap in support for […]

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    Bulgaria heads to the polls – and the tide may be turning against Boyko Borisov

Bulgaria heads to the polls – and the tide may be turning against Boyko Borisov

Bulgarians will vote in a parliamentary election on 26 March. Dimitar Bechev argues that this time, the tide may be turning against Sofia’s most established politico and former PM Boyko Borisov, as polls suggest a neck and neck race between his centre-right party GERB and the Socialists. However, the next government will likely encompass a broad coalition and the real winner […]

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    Book Review: Reconstructing Karl Polanyi: Excavation and Critique by Gareth Dale

Book Review: Reconstructing Karl Polanyi: Excavation and Critique by Gareth Dale

In Reconstructing Karl Polanyi: Excavation and Critique, Gareth Dale contributes a further volume to his decade-long research into the life and thought of the influential political economist. Here, he provides an account of Polanyi’s specific contributions to the social sciences, reconstructs some of his more complex or elusive concepts and reflects on the relevance of his theories to present-day […]

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    A weaker economic case, but a stronger political one – how Yes could win a second referendum in Scotland

A weaker economic case, but a stronger political one – how Yes could win a second referendum in Scotland

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, stated on 13 March that she intends to seek a new referendum on Scottish independence. Stuart Brown assesses how this second referendum campaign might play out. He writes that the Yes side would have a far more problematic economic picture to contend with than they had in 2014, but that the political argument for […]

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    Sir Ivor Roberts: Milosevic was a pyromaniac and a firefighter – but he would never admit to being the former

Sir Ivor Roberts: Milosevic was a pyromaniac and a firefighter – but he would never admit to being the former

Sir Ivor Roberts, the British ambassador to Yugoslavia in the 1990s, speaks to EUROPP Editor Tena Prelec about his new book: “Conversations with Milosevic”. 

During your postings in former Yugoslavia you had multiple encounters with Slobodan Milosevic. Was he indeed the monster most people now view him as?

There is a divergence between the way I worked with him – because my […]

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    The High Representative’s ‘double hat’: How Mogherini and Ashton have differed in their links with the Commission

The High Representative’s ‘double hat’: How Mogherini and Ashton have differed in their links with the Commission

Federica Mogherini took over from Catherine Ashton as the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in November 2014. But how have the two High Representatives differed in their approach? Based on a quantitative analysis of both of their speeches and statements, Nicolai von Ondarza and Ronja Scheler illustrate that Mogherini has been much […]

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    Bursting the liberal bubble: Racism in the era of Brexit and Trump

Bursting the liberal bubble: Racism in the era of Brexit and Trump

Recent political developments have revived discussions on racism. But did we ever see the ‘end of racism’? Drawing on extensive research on the historical articulations of racism across Europe, Katy Sian explains how in the post-racial society, debates on anti-racism became invisible. This confusion allowed racism to grow unchecked.
Post-racialism and anti-racism
Between 2010 and 2013, when myself and colleagues at the […]

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    A second independence referendum in Scotland: The legal issues

A second independence referendum in Scotland: The legal issues

Following Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement of a second independence referendum for Scotland, Stephen Tierney discusses how the next two years are set to be consumed by two parallel processes: We will see the UK leave the EU and could also see Scotland leave the UK in an effort to remain within the EU. 

Holyrood Abbey, Edinburgh. Credits: Laszlo Ilyes (CC BY 2.0)
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    Abused in the street, invited to a Brexit BBQ: the limbo of being German in the UK

Abused in the street, invited to a Brexit BBQ: the limbo of being German in the UK

An EU citizen is an EU citizen, writes Tanja Bueltmann, and the government has made it abundantly clear that we are all in limbo until a deal to secure our rights is negotiated with the EU – if such a deal can be done. Politicians have chosen not to oppose the wave of xenophobia sweeping across the country, but […]

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    Book Review: The French Revolution: From Enlightenment to Tyranny by Ian Davidson

Book Review: The French Revolution: From Enlightenment to Tyranny by Ian Davidson

In The French Revolution: From Enlightenment to Tyranny, Ian Davidson offers a new examination of the diverse factors that converged to spark and propel this crucial historical event. While the breadth of the book is occasionally overwhelming and characterised more by description than explanation, its rich detail highlights the intricacies of the French Revolution without centralising the role played by […]

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    A right-wing populist party founded by economists: the strange case of Germany’s AfD

A right-wing populist party founded by economists: the strange case of Germany’s AfD

Alternative für Deutschland started life as a movement of economists who were opposed to the euro. Four years later and two years after they quit, it is a fully-fledged populist party. Simon Franzmann traces how the AfD acquired credibility by vaunting its economic expertise, before switching to more traditionally populist themes. 

Bernd Lucke with the current AfD party chair, Frauke […]

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    The Amazing Race: Tracking the twists and turns in France’s presidential election

The Amazing Race: Tracking the twists and turns in France’s presidential election

The French presidential election scheduled for 23 April and 7 May has produced a series of unexpected developments, with opinion polls now pointing toward a second-round runoff between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron. Marta Lorimer tracks how the campaign has developed and suggests that with over a month still left to campaign, there may be more surprises ahead.

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    The Commission’s White Paper on the Future of Europe – a case of what might have been…

The Commission’s White Paper on the Future of Europe – a case of what might have been…

The European Commission has published a ‘White Paper on the Future of Europe’ ahead of the Rome Summit schedule for 25 March. According to Iain Begg, the main contribution of the paper may be to push the EU27 to accept the reality of an EU without the UK, but in doing so it sets out scenarios that, had they been […]

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    Northern Ireland illustrates the threat Brexit poses for the UK’s political stability

Northern Ireland illustrates the threat Brexit poses for the UK’s political stability

Northern Ireland held elections on 2 March against the backdrop of the UK’s preparations for leaving the European Union. Janice Morphet writes that Brexit raises several important questions about Northern Ireland’s status within the UK which could also have a major impact on the nature of devolution across the rest of the country.

Despite the intermittent warm words and flying […]

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    Why were Bosniaks treated more favourably than today’s Muslim refugees? On differing narratives of identity, religion and security

Why were Bosniaks treated more favourably than today’s Muslim refugees? On differing narratives of identity, religion and security

Today’s migration crisis has prompted comparisons with the recent past, with analyses highlighting the relatively successful integration of refugees from Bosnia in the 1990s. Catherine Baker reflects on why today’s migrants are not being given as warm a welcome and why even the welcome of Bosnian migrants was less warm than it has been remembered as. Although even before […]

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    Improving transport infrastructure is not a silver bullet for boosting growth

Improving transport infrastructure is not a silver bullet for boosting growth

Transport infrastructure investment is a cornerstone of growth-promoting strategies in the European Union. Yet, investment in new infrastructure is not always conducive to stronger economic performance. Drawing on a recent study, Riccardo Crescenzi, Marco Di Cataldo and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose write that in contexts marked by weak and inefficient governments and widespread corruption, different types of road investments often yield […]

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    Book Review: Singapore and Switzerland: Secrets to Small States Success edited by Yvonne Guo and Jun Jie Woo

Book Review: Singapore and Switzerland: Secrets to Small States Success edited by Yvonne Guo and Jun Jie Woo

What makes a small state succeed? In Singapore and Switzerland: Secrets to Small State Success, editors Yvonne Guo and Jun Jie Woo explore this question through two cases that have shown similar economic performance by balancing international forces and domestic demands. This is a far-reaching overview of the mechanisms that have shaped the successes – and some failures – of […]

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