Inez von Weitershausen

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    Foreign and security policy in Germany’s election: Why it matters

Foreign and security policy in Germany’s election: Why it matters

Ahead of the 2017 German federal elections, scheduled for 24 September, we are previewing some of the key issues at stake. Inez von Weitershausen assesses the potential impact of the elections on German foreign and security policy. She argues that although both mainstream parties – Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU and the social-democratic SPD – have broadly similar agendas, the actions […]

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    The German reaction to Theresa May’s speech: A mixed response to ‘hard Brexit’

The German reaction to Theresa May’s speech: A mixed response to ‘hard Brexit’

Theresa May’s speech on 17 January laid out some of the key aims of the UK government as it seeks to leave the European Union. Inez von Weitershausen presents an overview of the reactions from Germany, writing that responses ranged from anger and disappointment to more hopeful calls for a constructive relationship with the UK following Brexit.

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    Book Review: Europe in the New Middle East: Opportunity or Exclusion? by Richard Youngs

Book Review: Europe in the New Middle East: Opportunity or Exclusion? by Richard Youngs

This book aims to examine the European Union’s response to the Arab spring from late 2010 to the beginning of 2014. Through 12 chapters, Richard Youngs seeks to assess the extent to which the EU changed its policies toward countries like Tunisia and Syria during the course of events. Inez von Weitershausen finds the book empirically rich, but recommends […]

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Book Review: The Battle for Europe: How an Elite Hijacked a Continent and How we Can Take it Back by Thomas Fazi

In The Battle for Europe, Thomas Fazi argues that European Union elites have seized on the financial crash to push through neoliberal policies, undermining social cohesion and public services. Showcasing a programme for progressive reform and outlining how citizens and workers of Europe can radically overhaul EU institutions, Fazi proposes size limits for banks, Eurobonds, and a separation of […]

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    Pro-EU politicians have so far failed to match the level of vision and imagination shown by Eurosceptics in the EP election campaign

Pro-EU politicians have so far failed to match the level of vision and imagination shown by Eurosceptics in the EP election campaign

The European Parliament elections on 22-25 May are expected to see a significant increase in support for Eurosceptic parties. Inez von Weitershausen writes that while this has been regarded by some commentators as a negative development, pro-EU politicians could also learn from the approach adopted by Eurosceptic leaders such as Nigel Farage. She argues that the one thing Eurosceptic […]

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Book Review: Fortress Europe: Dispatches From A Gated Continent

For nearly thirty years the Berlin Wall symbolised a divided Europe. In the euphoric aftermath of the Cold War, the advent of a new borderless world was hailed, one in which such barriers would become obsolete. Today these utopian predictions have yet to be realised. Inez von Weitershausen finds ‘Fortress Europe’ an inspiring and thoroughly researched contribution, which isn’t afraid of […]

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