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    Book Review: Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization by Margaret E. Peters

Book Review: Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization by Margaret E. Peters

In Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization, Margaret E. Peters explores how an increase in free trade has led to more restrictive immigration policies around the world. While questioning some elements of its structure and style, Paul Caruana-Galizia nonetheless welcomes this as a timely and well-researched study that offers valuable insight into the trade-offs between free trade and immigration. 
Trading Barriers: Immigration and the […]

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    German election campaign series: SPD – “Time for more justice”

German election campaign series: SPD – “Time for more justice”

German voters will go to the polls on 24 September for federal elections. But what do the country’s parties want? What are the possible coalitions? And who has the best campaign strategy to sell their proposals to the electorate? In the second of a series of articles analysing each of the main parties’ campaign pledges, Julian Göpffarth assesses the programme of […]

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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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    Theresa May’s speech: The Prime Minister has set the wrong course on Brexit

Theresa May’s speech: The Prime Minister has set the wrong course on Brexit

On 17 January, Theresa May gave an outline of the objectives the UK government intends to pursue in its negotiations to leave the European Union. Steve Peers reacts to the contents of the speech, arguing that although some of the speech was valuable, the decision to leave the single market has put politics ahead of the country’s economic interests.

Yesterday’s speech by […]

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    Book Review: How Europeans View and Evaluate Democracy edited by Mónica Ferrín and Hanspeter Kriesi

Book Review: How Europeans View and Evaluate Democracy edited by Mónica Ferrín and Hanspeter Kriesi

In How Europeans View and Evaluate Democracy, editors Mónica Ferrín and Hanspeter Kriesi offer insight into perceptions of democracy across Europe by examining how Europeans evaluate their experience of democracy and assess the legitimacy of current democratic regimes across the continent. This comprehensive study will be an excellent read for political comparativists and Europeanists, finds Simeon Mitropolitski.
How Europeans View and Evaluate Democracy. Mónica Ferrín and […]

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Year in review: the 2014 European Parliament elections

The European Parliament elections were one of the year’s key political events. To mark the end of 2014 we’ve compiled the top five EUROPP articles on the elections and the negotiations over Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment as European Commission President (by visits and shares on social media).

The so called ‘Spitzenkandidaten’ process, in which European-level political parties proposed formal candidates […]

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December 24th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    Brussels round up: EU top jobs, sanctions on Russia, and health spending across the OECD

Brussels round up: EU top jobs, sanctions on Russia, and health spending across the OECD

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

EU top jobs and sanctions on Russia

Following Jean-Claude Juncker’s confirmation as Commission President on Tuesday, attention has shifted to the other top jobs still to be determined within the EU. The European Council discussed the issue on Wednesday, but without deciding who should […]

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Book Review: Demanding the Impossible by Slavoj Žižek and Young-june Park

Based on live interviews, this book aims to capture Slavoj Žižek at his irrepressible best, elucidating such topics as the uprisings of the Arab Spring, the global financial crisis, populism in Latin America, the rise of China and even the riddle of North Korea. Demanding the Impossible not only offers an accessible insight into Žižek’s thought, but also offers […]

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Book Review: Political Leadership: Themes, Contexts and Critiques by Michael Foley

With this book, Michael Foley sets out to present the basic components of political leadership and examine the key dimensions relating to leadership activity and development. Chapters cover types of leadership, the factors that influence followers, and international leadership. Ben Mueller would have liked to see the author take a more innovative approach, though he writes that this book […]

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Book Review: Dictatorship by Carl Schmitt

Now available in English for the first time, Dictatorship is arguably Carl Schmitt’s most scholarly book. Written shortly after the Russian Revolution and the First World War, Schmitt analyses the problem of the state of emergency and the power of the Reichspräsident in declaring it. Dictatorship, Schmitt argues, is a necessary legal institution in constitutional law and has been […]

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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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Brussels blog round up 18 – 24 January: Syrian refugees, Ukraine, and how important are the Winter Olympics to Russia?

The EUROPP team take a look at the week in Brussels blogging The EU centre and the crisis Open Europe write that the EU’s new banking union has once again found itself in difficulty. They note that the European Commission and the European Parliament are unhappy with the setup of the Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM), the proposed permanent fund to […]

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Book Review: Linguistic Minorities in Democratic Context

Linguistic Minorities in Democratic Context aims to blend a discussion of the role of language minorities in politics with a detailed understanding of applied language policy in a variety of contexts ranging from Quebec, the Basque Country and Wales, to Gaelic Scotland and Northern Ireland. Zalfa Feghali writes that this book lays the foundations for more work to be done […]

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Happy New Year from the EUROPP team!

We’d like to thank all our readers for reading the blog in 2013 and wish you all a great new year!
– The EUROPP team

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Our top five posts from 2013

To mark the end of the year, we’ve compiled a list of our five most popular posts from 2013. We wish all our readers a Happy New Year and we look forward to bringing you more articles in 2014!

1. Five minutes with Ulrich Beck: “Germany has created an accidental empire”

Are we now living in a German Europe? In an […]

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December 31st, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Book Review: Belonging: Solidarity and Division in Modern Societies

It is commonly assumed that we live in an age of unbridled individualism, but in this book Montserrat Guibernau argues that the need to belong to a group or community – from peer groups and local communities to ethnic groups and nations – is a pervasive and enduring feature of modern social life. Although it includes a variety of interesting […]

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Book Review: Political Philosophy: A Beginner’s Guide for Students and Politicians

This new edition of Adam Swift’s introduction to political philosophy includes new material on global justice, feminism, and method in political theory, as well as updated guides to further reading. The book aims to bring the insights of the world′s leading political philosophers to a wide general audience, and employs examples in an attempt to equip readers to think for […]

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Our top five interviews from 2013

Throughout 2013 we have done a number of interviews with academics and policymakers. As we near the end of the year, we thought we would compile a list of the five most popular interviews of the year.

1. Five minutes with Ulrich Beck: “Germany has created an accidental empire”

Are we now living in a German Europe? In an interview with […]

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December 27th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Happy holidays from EUROPP to all our readers and best wishes for 2014!

 

We’d like to wish our readers all the best for the festive season, and we look forward to bringing you even more European politics, analysis, and commentary in 2014!

– The EUROPP team

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December 25th, 2013|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

Book Review: An Anthropology of Architecture

In this book Victor Buchli sets out to explain how anthropology thinks about public and private boundaries, gender, sex and the body, the materiality of architectural forms and materials, building technologies and architectural representations. Luke McDonagh finds value in Buchli’s observation that anthropologists tend to view state institutions such as prisons, hospitals, and schools as not mere static vessels but […]

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