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    Romania’s protests and the PSD: Understanding the deep malaise that now exists in Romanian society

Romania’s protests and the PSD: Understanding the deep malaise that now exists in Romanian society

Anti-government protests in Romania have made international headlines, with over 400 people left injured following clashes between protesters and police on 10 August. Dennis Deletant writes that the protests are a symptom of a growing malaise in Romanian society fostered by the ruling Social Democrats that is estranging the citizen from the state.

Massive anti-government protests, held in Bucharest and […]

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    Will Germans rise up for a new left-wing movement? What to know about Aufstehen

Will Germans rise up for a new left-wing movement? What to know about Aufstehen

Facing the rise of the radical right AfD, some key left-wing figures in Germany have initiated ‘Aufstehen’, a new self-proclaimed movement which will officially be launched on 4 September. Manès Weisskircher discusses the players behind Aufstehen, their goals, and the movement’s future prospects.

In Germany, as elsewhere in Europe, left-wing political players are in a dire state. At the beginning […]

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    Kosovo and Serbia: A dangerous but not unprecedented Balkan land swap

Kosovo and Serbia: A dangerous but not unprecedented Balkan land swap

Kosovo and Serbia have recently discussed an exchange of territory, with some commentators suggesting a deal on a ‘land swap’ might be imminent. Andrea Lorenzo Capussela writes that while critics have rightly decried the plan as a redrawing of borders along ethnic lines, they neglect the fact that Kosovo itself is the product of a unilateral, ethnicity-based partition. He […]

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Sweden’s election is about more than the Sweden Democrats

Sweden will hold a general election on 9 September, alongside regional and municipal elections. Anders Hellström assesses the campaign so far, which has focused to a large extent on support for the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats. He suggests that the framing of the campaign around the policies of the Sweden Democrats, coupled with the other parties’ lack of a positive, […]

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    Does Ireland suffer from ‘metrophobia’? Examining the case of Dublin

Does Ireland suffer from ‘metrophobia’? Examining the case of Dublin

There has been a tendency in recent decades to strengthen institutions of metropolitan governance and planning in European cities, with large cities like London and Paris being viewed as primary drivers of economic growth. John Tomaney and Niamh Moore-Cherry highlight that one notable exception to this trend is Ireland and the city of Dublin. They explain that although Dublin […]

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The EU can’t remain silent over Romania’s protests

Over 400 people were left injured on 10 August after clashes between protesters and police in Romania. Bianca Toma and Alexandru Damian explain the origins of the protests, which emerged in opposition to attempts by the government to weaken anti-corruption measures. They argue that the EU’s response has been insufficient given the importance of tackling corruption in the country […]

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    UK financial power after Brexit: Understanding the country’s external balance sheets

UK financial power after Brexit: Understanding the country’s external balance sheets

Mona Ali argues that the UK’s financial position is reflected in its ‘balance of payment’ dynamics. Here she compares the UK’s external balance sheets with those of the US, and explores the potential implications of Brexit for the country’s politico-economic future. She explains why Brexit is likely to leave the economy adrift for quite some time.

Few nations have been […]

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    A lack of critical public debate: Questioning the EU’s support for the Southern Gas Corridor

A lack of critical public debate: Questioning the EU’s support for the Southern Gas Corridor

The Southern Gas Corridor is an initiative put forward by the European Commission to transport natural gas from the Caspian Sea to Southeastern Europe and Italy. As Marco Siddi writes, the project raises several important economic, security, ethical and ecological concerns. He argues that these issues have not been properly debated at the European level, and that cheaper and […]

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    A response to Steve Fuller: The differences between social democracy and neoliberalism

A response to Steve Fuller: The differences between social democracy and neoliberalism

In a recent EUROPP article, Steve Fuller argued that social democracy and neoliberalism may have more in common than we think. In a response to Fuller’s article, Johan Söderberg writes that if it appears there are no important distinctions to be made between neoliberalism and social democracy, then this is only because of a tendency to look through the […]

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    No deal, no trucks? What a ‘no deal’ Brexit will mean for road transport

No deal, no trucks? What a ‘no deal’ Brexit will mean for road transport

What will a ‘no deal’ Brexit mean for road transport? Dmitry Grozoubinski explains that come 30 March 2019, UK firms may not be able to transport goods between European Union countries. This means that many British lorry drivers will not be able to work in the EU, and many UK firms will urgently need to become permanently established somewhere in the EU to operate across […]

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    Generation wars over Brexit and beyond: How young and old are divided over social values

Generation wars over Brexit and beyond: How young and old are divided over social values

Pippa Norris explains how generation gaps divide the British electorate and mainstream parties. She writes that while the EU referendum was a prime example of how these divisions play out in the UK, the changing nature of electoral cleavages raises important questions about politics and party competition in western democracies more generally.

The Brexit decision shocked Britain’s image of itself, […]

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    A land swap between Kosovo and Serbia would be deeply problematic – and potentially dangerous

A land swap between Kosovo and Serbia would be deeply problematic – and potentially dangerous

There has been speculation in recent weeks that the leaders of Kosovo and Serbia have explored the option of a land swap, with some predominantly ethnic-Albanian areas of Serbia being traded for Serbian majority areas in Kosovo. Michael Rossi argues that an exchange of territory would do little for the Serbian or Albanian communities involved and could pose a […]

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    EU investors vs EU states: Understanding the international arbitration of investment disputes in Europe

EU investors vs EU states: Understanding the international arbitration of investment disputes in Europe

The international arbitration of disputes between investors and states has been a controversial issue in Europe, notably in relation to trade deals such as the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). But as Julian Donaubauer and Peter Nunnenkamp write, many commonly held beliefs about investor-state dispute settlements are potentially misguided: European investors appear to be more litigious than […]

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    Distorted perceptions: How Leavers and Remainers view the economy

Distorted perceptions: How Leavers and Remainers view the economy

There is a divide between how Remainers and Leavers perceive the UK’s economic performance and other policy developments, explain Miriam Sorace and Sara B. Hobolt. A major consequence of this lack of agreement about basic facts is that reaching a consensus on how to navigate Brexit becomes even more complicated.

On the 23 June 2016, UK citizens voted to leave […]

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    EU accession talks on the horizon? Assessing Albania’s priorities for the next year

EU accession talks on the horizon? Assessing Albania’s priorities for the next year

EU leaders agreed in June to open accession talks with Albania in 2019, subject to the country making sufficient progress on judicial and anti-corruption reforms. Andi Hoxhaj assesses where Albania now stands and what the priorities will be over the next year as the country seeks to demonstrate tangible results to its EU partners.

In June, the European Council recognised […]

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    Municipalities or enclaves? How to describe Serbian majority areas in Kosovo

Municipalities or enclaves? How to describe Serbian majority areas in Kosovo

There has been disagreement over whether the word ‘enclave’ or ‘municipality’ should be used to describe Serbian majority areas in Kosovo. Emilie Fort digs into the topic of how Serbian majority areas in Kosovo are described by political elites and the international community, and what problems the word municipality poses for Serbian communities themselves. 

Almost a year ago, as I exchanged some […]

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    Why there is less between social democracy and neoliberalism than meets the eye

Why there is less between social democracy and neoliberalism than meets the eye

Social democracy and neoliberalism are typically treated as opposing philosophies, with each entailing radically different visions for how society should be structured. But as Steve Fuller writes, social democratic and neoliberal approaches may have more in common than we think. Tracing the history of the two ideologies, he argues that their differences have often turned more on rhetoric than […]

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    An electric fence? Assessing the impact of Brexit on the Single Electricity Market in Ireland

An electric fence? Assessing the impact of Brexit on the Single Electricity Market in Ireland

A great deal of attention during the Brexit negotiations has been focused on the issue of the Irish border. However, as Meabh Cormacain writes, Brexit also has important implications for Northern Ireland’s participation in the Single Electricity Market that currently exists across the island of Ireland. She highlights that despite widespread agreement on the importance of the Single Electricity […]

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    Why has the populist radical right outperformed the populist radical left in Europe?

Why has the populist radical right outperformed the populist radical left in Europe?

Populist parties on both the radical right and left of the political spectrum in Europe have made considerable electoral gains over the last decade, but they have done so using notably different approaches. Valerio Alfonso Bruno and James F. Downes draw on recent election data to show the extent to which the radical right has tended to outperform the […]

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    Hard cheese? Dairy products will be more expensive in the UK after Brexit

Hard cheese? Dairy products will be more expensive in the UK after Brexit

Britain imports a lot of dairy produce, nearly all of it from the EU, while at home, the industry employs a large number of workers from the rest of the EU. Jan Bakker and Nikhil Datta predict that dairy will become more expensive after Brexit. Even if Britons switch to UK-produced dairy, it will take some years for domestic herds […]

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