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    Curbing populism: remove barriers and make actual benefits visible

Curbing populism: remove barriers and make actual benefits visible

Trump’s election victory and Brexit reflected a growing scepticism towards globalisation. The populist waves have swept across the globe because not everyone has benefited from the overall economic gains as a result of trade liberalisation. Over the years, the wealth gap has widened alongside the expansion of the global economic pie says Chloe Lok Yi Lam. For instance, the […]

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    Taking back control, actually: Reforming the European Parliament elections

Taking back control, actually: Reforming the European Parliament elections

Brexit has pushed European law-makers to seriously talk about rebuilding the EU. In December 2016, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament endorsed a report on adjustments to the institutional set-up of the EU, which was then ratified by the full house. This article argues that calls for democratising the EU political system have to be addressed […]

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    Building a bridge between the European bubble and citizens via social leaders

Building a bridge between the European bubble and citizens via social leaders

Populism has won its first symbolic victory last June, says Taman Mhoumadi. Brexit was utterly unexpected, with polls predicting a Remain vote share of 60% just the night before. Some voices described Brexit as a first step toward the dislocation of the European Union, and saw the British decision as an indicator of the crisis faced by the EU. […]

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Brexit and the First ‘European’ Generation

Brexit is a shock, but one which the European Union can recover from, writes Michael Cottakis. Hope rests above all in a first ‘European’ generation which has grown up experiencing the benefits of integration and membership. This group will decide the EU’s future direction, if it can overcome its frustration.

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Tackling Populism: the 89ers and the battle for the future

The Global Financial Crisis of 2008 caught economists by surprise – but not historians, writes Michael Cottakis. As many rushed to convey throughout the 2000s, the excessive risk-taking by banks in key sectors bore worrying resemblance to trends exhibited in the build-up to the 1929 Wall Street Crash. The information was available for those willing to listen. Yet bankers […]

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    Brexit and the young: A letter by the ’89ers to the UK and the EU

Brexit and the young: A letter by the ’89ers to the UK and the EU

The 1989 Generation initiative was born in London, the most diverse city in Europe and capital of the country that promoted and defended many of the principles at the core of European integration. Regrettably, it seems, the United Kingdom is now turning its back on these same values.

Our mission is to engage younger generations in shaping the future of the European […]

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