Brussels Blog Round up

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    Brussels round up: Tusk and Mogherini, ECB interest rate cut, and government approval ratings

Brussels round up: Tusk and Mogherini, ECB interest rate cut, and government approval ratings

The EUROPP team take a look at some of the latest developments in Brussels and across Europe

Tusk and Mogherini

Following months of discussions, a special meeting of the European Council on 30 August appointed Donald Tusk as the next President of the European Council and Federica Mogherini as the EU’s next High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Writing […]

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    Brussels round up: Jumpstarting the Eurozone’s economy, French government resigns, and the Italian left at a crossroads

Brussels round up: Jumpstarting the Eurozone’s economy, French government resigns, and the Italian left at a crossroads

The EUROPP team take a look at some of the latest developments in Brussels and across Europe

Jumpstarting the Eurozone’s economy

Following disappointing economic figures in the Eurozone, Francesco Giavazzi and Guido Tabellini at Vox present a model for jumpstarting the Eurozone’s economy. They argue for a Eurozone-wide agreement to carry out a “five per cent tax cut, an extension of […]

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    Brussels round up: Viktor Orbán, German policy on Iraq, and is Europe facing a lost decade?

Brussels round up: Viktor Orbán, German policy on Iraq, and is Europe facing a lost decade?

The EUROPP team take a look at some of the latest developments in Brussels and across Europe

Is Europe facing a lost decade?

With economic growth stalling in the Eurozone, Michael Heise at Project Syndicate asks whether the idea of a ‘lost decade’ in Europe, similar to that experienced in Japan in the 1990s, is now a reality. He argues that […]

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    Brussels round up: Iraq, Erdoğan wins, and what can Fantasy Premier League tell us about discrimination in the labour market?

Brussels round up: Iraq, Erdoğan wins, and what can Fantasy Premier League tell us about discrimination in the labour market?

The EUROPP team take a look at some of the latest developments in Brussels and across Europe

EU support for the Kurds in Iraq

EU foreign ministers are currently holding an emergency meeting to discuss whether to provide support to the Kurdish forces operating in Iraq as a way of halting the advance of forces allied to the Islamic State (IS). […]

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    Brussels round up: Turkey’s presidential election, Russian sanctions, and Israel-Palestine

Brussels round up: Turkey’s presidential election, Russian sanctions, and Israel-Palestine

The EUROPP team take a look at some of the latest developments in Brussels and across Europe

Turkey’s presidential election

On 10 August Turkey will hold presidential elections, with the country’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, seeking to win over 50 per cent of the vote in the first round and avoid the need for a second round of voting scheduled […]

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    Brussels round up: the age gap in British Euroscepticism, Spanish unemployment, and will the latest sanctions against Russia work?

Brussels round up: the age gap in British Euroscepticism, Spanish unemployment, and will the latest sanctions against Russia work?

The EUROPP team take a look at some of the latest developments in Brussels and across Europe

Chart of the week: British Euroscepticism by age group

The polling organisation YouGov has been running a series of polls on British attitudes toward the European Union, with the figures throughout July suggesting that if a referendum were to be held on Britain’s EU […]

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    Brussels round up: MH17, Israel-Palestine, and where in the EU are workers most at risk from new technologies?

Brussels round up: MH17, Israel-Palestine, and where in the EU are workers most at risk from new technologies?

The EUROPP team take a look at some of the latest developments in Brussels and across Europe

The Netherlands and MH17

The Netherlands was the worst hit country by the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in eastern Ukraine, with 193 Dutch citizens being killed in the incident. Charlemagne’s notebook writes on the effect the crash has had on the […]

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    Brussels round up: Cannabis use across Europe, EU banking, and who will get the EU’s remaining ‘top jobs’?

Brussels round up: Cannabis use across Europe, EU banking, and who will get the EU’s remaining ‘top jobs’?

The EUROPP team take a look at some of the latest developments in Brussels and across Europe

Charts of the week: Cannabis use and attitudes toward the criminalisation of drugs in Europe

The legalisation/decriminalisation of cannabis has been a long-standing campaign issue for several parties across Europe, with the issue gaining more prominence following the decision of Uruguay to become the […]

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    Brussels round up: EU unemployment figures, crisis in Iraq, and who should be the next President of the European Council?

Brussels round up: EU unemployment figures, crisis in Iraq, and who should be the next President of the European Council?

The EUROPP team take a look at some of the latest developments in Brussels and across Europe

EU unemployment figures for May

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, published EU unemployment figures this week. The figures, which indicate the level of unemployment in each EU state in May, show that unemployment across the whole of the EU now stands […]

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Brussels round up: EU happiness ratings, Juncker’s triumph and Poland’s bugging scandal

The EUROPP team take a look at some of the latest developments in Brussels and across Europe

EU happiness ratings

The Office for National Statistics in the UK released a report earlier this month on the issue of national well-being. The report contains some interesting EU-wide data on how citizens rate their own life satisfaction and the extent to which they […]

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    Brussels round up: Rating democracy in the EU, Farage-Grillo, and why do German exporters succeed despite high labour costs?

Brussels round up: Rating democracy in the EU, Farage-Grillo, and why do German exporters succeed despite high labour costs?

The EUROPP team take a look at the latest developments in Brussels and across Europe

Rating democracy in the EU

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s ‘Democracy Index 2013’, which was released earlier this month, provides a measure of the quality of democracy in 167 countries across the world. The index assigns each state a ‘democracy score’ based on a variety of factors […]

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    Brussels blog round up 31 May – 6 June: Juncker negotiations, Spanish monarchy, and is ‘Merkenzi’ the new ‘Merkozy’?

Brussels blog round up 31 May – 6 June: Juncker negotiations, Spanish monarchy, and is ‘Merkenzi’ the new ‘Merkozy’?

The EUROPP team take a look at the week in Brussels blogging

The EU centre

Anthony Giddens, writing at the Centre for European Reform, discusses the need for ‘political federalism’ in the Eurozone to accompany the ‘economic federalism’ which has been created by the single currency. He also assesses the situation regarding the new President of the European Commission and why […]

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    Brussels blog round up 10 – 16 May: EP elections, Farage vs Le Pen, and what now for Donetsk and Luhansk?

Brussels blog round up 10 – 16 May: EP elections, Farage vs Le Pen, and what now for Donetsk and Luhansk?

The EUROPP team take a look at the week in Brussels blogging

European Parliament elections

In the last week of campaigning before the European Parliament elections on 22-25 May, Charlemagne’s notebook covers disagreements between Marine Le Pen of the Front National and UKIP’s Nigel Farage. Both parties are expected to finish either first or second in their respective national votes, but […]

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    Brussels blog round up 26 April – 2 May: Commission candidates, Ukraine, and do we really need professional economists?

Brussels blog round up 26 April – 2 May: Commission candidates, Ukraine, and do we really need professional economists?

The EUROPP team take a look at the week in Brussels blogging

The EU centre

With only three weeks to go until the European Parliament elections, Julian Priestley at Policy Network takes a look at the campaign to become the next President of the European Commission.

The FT’s Brussels Blog has an overview of the first debate which took place between four […]

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    Brussels blog round up 19 – 25 April: Portuguese debt, ‘techno-pessimism’, and is there a way back from violence in eastern Ukraine?

Brussels blog round up 19 – 25 April: Portuguese debt, ‘techno-pessimism’, and is there a way back from violence in eastern Ukraine?

The EUROPP team take a look at the week in Brussels blogging

Across Europe

Will Hutton at Policy Network writes on the impact of new technologies on economics. He argues that whereas so called ‘techno pessimists’ might see a threat from new technology, such as the loss of jobs through greater use of robots and automation, technological changes also create opportunities […]

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    Brussels blog round up 5 – 11 April: Hungary’s radical right, Finland’s economy, and is Greece on the road to recovery?

Brussels blog round up 5 – 11 April: Hungary’s radical right, Finland’s economy, and is Greece on the road to recovery?

The EUROPP team take a look at the week in Brussels blogging

Across Europe

Hungary held elections on Sunday, with the ruling Fidesz party emerging with a majority. Policy Network has an overview of the results, which also saw the radical right Jobbik party receive around 20 per cent of the vote.

Open Europe write on Finland’s economy, arguing that there are […]

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    Brussels blog round up 29 March – 4 April: Manuel Valls, Russian energy, and should EU institutions embrace the German language?

Brussels blog round up 29 March – 4 April: Manuel Valls, Russian energy, and should EU institutions embrace the German language?

The EUROPP team take a look at the week in Brussels blogging

Across Europe

The French government underwent a major reshuffle following a disappointing result for the governing Socialist Party in last week’s municipal elections. Open Europe has a rundown of the changes and the challenges facing the country’s new prime minister, Manuel Valls. Charlemagne’s notebook profiles the new PM, noting […]

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    Brussels blog round up 22-28 March: Dutch and French elections, Obama in Italy, and who won the Clegg-Farage debate?

Brussels blog round up 22-28 March: Dutch and French elections, Obama in Italy, and who won the Clegg-Farage debate?

Eri Bertsou takes a look at the week in Brussels blogging

Across Europe

Last weekend saw the first round of voting in France’s municipal elections. Charlemagne’s notebook reviews the losses for François Hollande and the gains for the Front National ahead of next week’s second round.

Local elections were also held last week in the Netherlands. Rene Cuperus at Policy Network writes […]

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Brussels blog round up 15 – 21 March: Parisian smog, homophobia in Spain, and could Ukraine split in two?

The EUROPP team take a look at the week in Brussels blogging

The EU centre and the crisis

Framing opposing views as inherently ‘Eurosceptic’ has negative implications for policy making, writes Simon Ushserwood at Policy Network. He suggests that Euroscepticism can be divided into two main groups: people who are against the principle of the EU and those who are displeased […]

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    Brussels blog round up 8 – 14 March: Ukraine talks, financial transaction tax, and how can youth unemployment be solved?

Brussels blog round up 8 – 14 March: Ukraine talks, financial transaction tax, and how can youth unemployment be solved?

The EUROPP team take a look at the week in Brussels blogging

The EU centre and the crisis

Ernst Hillebrand writes at Policy Network that the increase in populism in Western Europe is not a move to the right, but rather a function of growing discontent with the political system. He attributes this in large part to the gradual weakening of […]

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