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    Five minutes with Bekim Çollaku: “Greece and Romania could soon recognise Kosovo”

Five minutes with Bekim Çollaku: “Greece and Romania could soon recognise Kosovo”

Five EU states still refuse to recognise Kosovo as an independent state, but progress has nevertheless been made in efforts to normalise relations between Serbia and Kosovo through EU-supported talks. In an interview with Tena Prelec, Bekim Çollaku, Kosovo’s Minister of European Integration, discusses the recognition issue, high levels of migration into the Schengen Area from people in Kosovo, […]

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    Five minutes with Philippe Legrain: “The Eurozone has become a glorified debtors’ prison”

Five minutes with Philippe Legrain: “The Eurozone has become a glorified debtors’ prison”

With no lasting solution yet found for dealing with Greek debt, and economies in the Eurozone continuing to suffer from weak growth, how can Europe finally solve the problems brought on by the financial crisis? In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Philippe Legrain discusses the policy failures at the root of the crisis, the need to stimulate […]

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    Five minutes with Fatmir Besimi: ‘Macedonia’s wire-tapping scandal is taking the country in the opposite direction of where it needs to go’

Five minutes with Fatmir Besimi: ‘Macedonia’s wire-tapping scandal is taking the country in the opposite direction of where it needs to go’

Macedonia’s government has been accused by opposition politicians of operating an illegal wire-tapping programme, generating a major scandal. In an interview with LSEE’s Tena Prelec, Macedonia’s Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs, Fatmir Besimi, discusses the scandal, recent protests over education reforms, and efforts to increase media freedom in the country.

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    Five minutes with Tito Boeri: “We don’t just need a welfare state in Europe, we also need a welfare union”

Five minutes with Tito Boeri: “We don’t just need a welfare state in Europe, we also need a welfare union”

Are Europe’s welfare states fit to meet the demands brought on by the financial crisis? In an interview with EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown, Tito Boeri discusses the need for a ‘stress test’ of the European welfare state, why citizens in southern European countries have been much more susceptible to poverty during the crisis, and the role that EU […]

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    Five minutes with Sir Robert Cooper: “The Brussels Agreement between Serbia and Kosovo was based on conversation, not EU pressure”

Five minutes with Sir Robert Cooper: “The Brussels Agreement between Serbia and Kosovo was based on conversation, not EU pressure”

The leaders of Kosovo and Serbia are due to meet in Brussels next week to resume the dialogue which produced an agreement on normalising relations in 2013. In an interview with LSEE’s Joanna Hanson, Sir Robert Cooper, one of the lead EU negotiators in the process, discusses the logic behind the talks, his surprise at the 2013 agreement, and […]

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Expert voices: Should 16 year olds be allowed to vote?

Across Europe there is a wide difference of opinion on the age at which citizens should be given the right to vote. While 18 is still the most common voting age, in 2007 Austria became the first country in the EU to give 16 year olds voting rights for the majority of elections. Recently, the issue has become more […]

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