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    EU climate leadership in Katowice helped deliver the deal on the Paris Agreement rulebook

EU climate leadership in Katowice helped deliver the deal on the Paris Agreement rulebook

The United Nations climate conference held in Katowice (COP24) earlier this month produced a deal on implementing the Paris climate agreement. But what role did the EU have in the negotiations? Charles F. Parker and Christer Karlsson explain that in the absence of a constructive approach from the United States, the EU sought to provide leadership by working together […]

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    Privatising the nation: Why Europe needs to separate the ‘nation’ from the ‘state’

Privatising the nation: Why Europe needs to separate the ‘nation’ from the ‘state’

Does the nation state have a future in Europe? Joan Costa Font writes that several developments in European politics, including mobility/migration, weakening national identities, and the rise of regional secessionist movements should prompt a reassessment of what a nation state is in modern Europe. He suggests a clear separation is needed between national cultures, which should be opted into […]

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    Harnessing entrepreneurship: A generational challenge for Greece

Harnessing entrepreneurship: A generational challenge for Greece

Throughout Greek history, economic crisis has been the impulse for progress. Michael Cottakis argues that today, again, a crisis must be used to spark a brighter dawn for the country. Greece’s future depends on the emergence of a youthful new movement of entrepreneurs to supply the country with new economic dynamism.

Pre-classical Greece was one of the Mediterranean’s poorest regions. […]

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    Poland has become Europe’s growth champion, but can this success continue?

Poland has become Europe’s growth champion, but can this success continue?

The Polish economy has become a key European success story, with the country recording high levels of growth since 1989 and making strides in ‘catching up’ with Western Europe. Based on a new book, Marcin Piatkowski identifies the roots of Poland’s success and what the country must do to continue its progress in the coming decades.

For more than a […]

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    Book Review: Global Health Governance in International Society by Jeremy Youde

Book Review: Global Health Governance in International Society by Jeremy Youde

In Global Health Governance in International Society, Jeremy Youde reflects on the challenges facing global health governance and the future of international society. While this is a theoretically engaging and empirically informed study, Ioannis Papagaryfallou questions the solidarist approach of the English School of international theory within the text. 
Global Health Governance in International Society. Jeremy Youde. Oxford University Press. 2018.
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    Merkel’s decision to stay on may have set the stage for turbulence at the end of her Chancellorship

Merkel’s decision to stay on may have set the stage for turbulence at the end of her Chancellorship

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will succeed Angela Merkel as the leader of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union, but Merkel will continue as German Chancellor for the time being. Robert Ledger and Peter Finn write that in the short-term, Kramp-Karrenbauer’s success has reduced the likelihood of imminent elections, but the German party system is currently in a state of flux and there […]

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How will ‘Polexit’ play out in Polish politics?

The claim by Poland’s liberal-centrist opposition that the country’s Law and Justice government wants to take Poland out of the EU is potentially extremely dangerous for the ruling party. Aleks Szczerbiak explains that to neutralise the opposition’s apparently effective narrative, the Polish government is now trying to defuse its row with the EU institutions while leaving the core of […]

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    France and Germany control the agenda and broker compromises, but they do not dictate Eurozone reforms

France and Germany control the agenda and broker compromises, but they do not dictate Eurozone reforms

The Franco-German relationship is often viewed as one of the key drivers of EU decision-making. But what impact does cooperation between France and Germany actually have on EU politics? Based on a new study of Economic and Monetary Union reforms negotiated between 2010 and 2015, Hanno Degner illustrates that the two countries exert influence by controlling the agenda and […]

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    Was Georgia’s presidential election a pyrrhic victory for Georgian Dream?

Was Georgia’s presidential election a pyrrhic victory for Georgian Dream?

Salome Zourabichvili is set to take office as the new President of Georgia on 16 December, following her victory in the second round of the country’s presidential election on 28 November. Max Fras writes that although Zourabichvili eventually pulled through, the fact that she was pushed so close in the first round of voting should set alarm bells ringing […]

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    The Eurozone and the United States are set for a future of low growth unless they rethink their approach to monetary policy

The Eurozone and the United States are set for a future of low growth unless they rethink their approach to monetary policy

While European economies have recovered to an extent from the financial crisis, many observers still regard this recovery as underwhelming. Based on research presented to the European Parliament, Eddie Gerba argues that unless there is a major rethink on monetary and fiscal policy, advanced economies may be faced with low growth, income disparities, and a deficient financial system in […]

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    Book Review: European Security in Integration Theory: Contested Boundaries by Kamil Zwolski

Book Review: European Security in Integration Theory: Contested Boundaries by Kamil Zwolski

In European Security in Integration Theory: Contested Boundaries, Kamil Zwolski revisits two theories of international and European integration – federalism and functionalism – to show their relevance for understanding the dilemmas facing Europe today. As early integration theories may return as part of current debates, this book will be of use to academics and policymakers, finds Anna Nadibaidze. 
European Security in Integration Theory: Contested Boundaries. Kamil Zwolski. […]

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What moves markets more, Twitter or traditional news?

Twitter has become a key communication tool for world leaders, but how does the impact of tweets on financial markets compare to the impact of traditional news? Based on a new study, Costas Milas, Theodore Panagiotidis and Theologos Dergiades identify a clear link between movement in the financial markets and Twitter activity, raising questions about whether Twitter’s market power is a problem and requires regulation.

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    Does immigration explain the comeback of the radical right in Spain?

Does immigration explain the comeback of the radical right in Spain?

On 2 December, a radical right party – Vox – gained representation in the regional parliament of Andalusia: the first time such a party had won seats in a Spanish regional assembly since the country’s transition to democracy. But to what extent can this result be explained by immigration rates in Andalusia? Using demographic data, Dimiter Toshkov illustrates that […]

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    The scars of the past remain, but Spain must accept the reality of its history rather than trying to rewrite it

The scars of the past remain, but Spain must accept the reality of its history rather than trying to rewrite it

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Spain’s constitution, which was ratified by a referendum on 6 December 1978. George Kassimeris writes that despite the country’s progress over the last four decades, the ghosts of the past have not been fully laid to rest. He argues that rather than trying to re-write the reality of their history, Spanish citizens must […]

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When are Green parties successful?

Green parties have experienced unprecedented levels of success in several advanced democracies this year; however, in a great many others they remain only minor footnotes to national electoral contests. Zack P. Grant argues that variation in Green party support is largely a function of good economic times, the presence of tangible environmental disputes, and mainstream parties actively attempting to emulate the positions of […]

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    Mimicking reforms? Why corruption within state owned enterprises remains a key problem in Moldova

Mimicking reforms? Why corruption within state owned enterprises remains a key problem in Moldova

The European Parliament recently passed a resolution criticising Moldova’s progress in improving democratic standards and the rule of law. Alexandru Damian highlights the role of state owned enterprises in this wider picture. He argues that standards of reporting, transparency and accountability remain poor despite EU pressure for reforms, leaving the door open for state owned enterprises to be used […]

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    Distress signals: How Brexit affects the Digital Single Market

Distress signals: How Brexit affects the Digital Single Market

The British government prizes the creative industries as a key part of the UK’s industrial strategy. Yet some of them depend on the Digital Single Market, which is jeopardised by Brexit. Alison Harcourt explains how sectors like broadcasting, online financial services and online gaming could be affected.

A key component of the EU’s Single Market is its Digital Single Market (DSM), […]

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    Is the rule of law under threat? Lessons from Spain, the UK and Brazil

Is the rule of law under threat? Lessons from Spain, the UK and Brazil

The rule of law is generally taken as a fundamental component of a healthy democracy. But as Javier García Oliva and Rafael Valim write, several countries across the world have recently seen the role of their judiciary compromised or called into question. They consider three illustrative examples: Spain and Catalonia, the UK’s parliamentary privilege, and corruption trials in Brazil.

Brazilian President-elect […]

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    What are the economic consequences of May’s deal – and of no deal?

What are the economic consequences of May’s deal – and of no deal?

What will the economic impact of Theresa May’s deal be? And how does it compare to the no-deal scenario?The LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, in association with The UK in a Changing Europe, has modelled both scenarios and examined the effects on migration, fiscal policy, trade and productivity. The authors – Anand Menon, Jonathan Portes, Peter Levell and Thomas Sampson – also look […]

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    The ECB’s capital key needs rethinking – and Brexit has everything to do with it

The ECB’s capital key needs rethinking – and Brexit has everything to do with it

The so called ‘capital key’ used by the European Central Bank is due to be reviewed. Sebastian Diessner explains that while in the past this has been viewed as a largely technical process, this time around the issue will have heightened political significance for two reasons in particular: the UK’s upcoming departure from the EU, and the current stand-off […]

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