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    European Parliament elections: a final look at the national campaigns

European Parliament elections: a final look at the national campaigns

European Parliament elections are being held on 22-25 May, with voting already under way in some countries across Europe. To mark the start of the election, Stuart Brown takes a look at the national campaigns, national polling, and the key domestic issues which are at stake in each of the 28 EU states.

While several predictions have been made as […]

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Introducing our series on the Dahrendorf Symposium 2013

As part of the Dahrendorf Symposium, being held on 14-15 November in Berlin, EUROPP will be hosting a series of articles framed around the symposium’s topic: ‘Changing the European Debate: Focus on Climate Change’. To kick off the series, Dahrendorf Academic Co-Directors Helmut K. Anheier and Arne Westad outline some of the main issues surrounding this year’s topic. Europe and […]

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Fifty years after Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech, the European Union could still learn a lot from his words.

This week saw the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech, which was marked at an event by US President Barack Obama. Rune Kier writes that while King’s speech still has a great deal of relevance for Americans; Europeans could also learn from it in the context of the Eurozone crisis. He argues that Europe lacks […]

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Europe’s challenge for the next ten years is to remain competitive as income and trade patterns shift

The coming decade will see patterns of trade and investment move towards Asia, and with this movement, new challenges to Europe’s prosperity. Margot James MP shares her views on ‘Europe in the world in 2023’ – which was the latest topic discussed in the Foreign Office’s series of Jubilee Dialogues. The recent dialogue discussed the spread of economic power and […]

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Book Review: Representing Europeans: A Pragmatic Approach

In Representing Europeans, Richard Rose discusses the ways in which Europe’s institutions do and do not represent its citizens, arguing that more European integration is not the solution for all of Europe’s problems. With chapters on referendums, representation and interdependence, Nathalie Brack recommends this book to academics and students, but also to journalists looking for an interesting, critical and concise book on representation […]

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The greater market integration of the European Higher Education Area may have unequal benefits across countries and disciplines.

Since the late 1990s, European higher education has moved towards greater integration, increasing student mobility and more comparable national systems. The past two decades have also seen a gradual rise in the role of market elements in higher education. Pedro Teixeira finds that this greater integration may be leading to a greater concentration of funding across certain countries and academic […]

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The European economic crisis has coincided with a decline in press freedom in the EU.

In the half decade since the beginning of the economic crisis, global press freedom has declined, and the EU has been no exception to this trend. Reporting on a new survey on press freedom, Jennifer Dunham and Zselyke Csaky find that Greece and Hungary have experienced large declines in press freedom in recent years, with Lithuania, Latvia and Spain also seeing […]

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If Europe is to tackle its demographic decline it should take lessons from the USA’s comprehensive immigration reforms.

With declining birth rates and an ageing population, Europe is facing the threat of a demographic decline by the middle of the century. Facing similar challenges, the US has recently moved to reform its immigration policies, thus allowing greater numbers of migrants to encourage growth. Sarah Wolff argues for similar reforms for European immigration policies, which until now, have been […]

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Book Review: This Blessed Plot: Britain and Europe from Churchill to Blair

In order to help put the current discussion about the UK’s relationship with the EU into context, EUROPP looks back at the history of the debate, with a contemporary review of This Blessed Plot. First published in 1998, it is seen by many as one of the most important books published on the UK’s relationship with the EU. The book […]

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The EU needs to adopt a more pragmatic policy towards Belarus based on cooperation rather than sanctions.

The EU’s sanction regime against Belarus and the government of President Alexander Lukashenka has been in place for more than 16 years.  In an abridged version of a brief originally published by the European Union Institute for Security Studies, Ondrej Ditrych writes that while the sanctions illustrate the EU’s objections to the regime in Belarus, all the available evidence has shown that they have […]

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Public reporting of quality indicators for long-term care in Europe has the potential to play a key role in driving improvements.

How do European countries differ in helping older people choose a care home, and what is the impact of the public reporting of quality information? In a comparative study of six European countries, Ricardo Rodrigues and Andrea E. Schmidt explain that public reporting is still a far from well-established mechanism to guide the selection of care homes, and user choice […]

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Will ‘Eurosis’ condemn Britain to be an outsider looking in?

The last two and a half years have seen the biggest change of Britain’s European policy in its four-decade membership of the European Union. In the first of a series of blogs on EU institutions and their history, Anthony Teasdale argues that, whereas the development of a two-speed or two-tier Europe was once a situation  the UK sought to avoid […]

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An American perspective on the EU: The United States should work to ensure European stability

Last month the advice from a senior US official that Britain should stay in the EU received widespread media attention. Katrina Kelly offers an analysis of the EU from an American perspective, suggesting that the future relationship between the US and EU  will be central for the economic vitality of both. Eurosceptiscm is gaining attention and support in the UK, and […]

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Book Review: A Secular Europe: Law and Religion in the European Constitutional Landscape

A Secular Europe assesses the problem of accommodating diverse religious practices across Europe within a secular legal framework. Mick Power finds that although there is some repetition due to many of the chapters being published previously as separate papers, the book offers a valuable contribution to the debate on how European states should approach the issue of religion. A Secular […]

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Book Review: Europe in the World: EU Geopolitics and the Making of European Space

This edited volume provides an innovative contribution to the debate on contemporary European geopolitics by tracing some of the new political geographies and geographical imaginations emergent within the EU’s actions in the international arena. Drawing on case studies that range from the Arctic to East Africa, the chapters aim to provide a critical geopolitical reading of the ways in which […]

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December 16th, 2012|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

Book Review: Derrida Reframed

This introduction from K. Malcolm Richards provides a sound case for why students of the arts ought to give extra thought to Derrida’s work. Considering the philosopher’s most influential works, undergraduate students will also benefit from condensed and competent summaries of the work done by those who inspired him, finds Emily Coolidge-Toker.   Derrida Reframed. K. Malcolm Richards. IB Tauris. Find this book:  K. […]

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December 9th, 2012|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

Book Review: After the Third Way: The Future of Social Democracy in Europe

Electorally marginalised, seemingly ideologically exhausted and often out-of-step with the contemporary zeitgeist, many commentators believe that European social democracy is currently in profound need of revision and renewal. This book marks a serious attempt to forge the intellectual backbone of a renewed social democracy fit for the twenty-first century. Bringing together leading academics, political thinkers and policy experts, it offers […]

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October 21st, 2012|Eleanor Bindman|0 Comments|

A study of the various social mobilisations and collective activities in Europe that we chose to describe as ‘subterranean politics’ reveals a general frustration with current political practices

Mary Kaldor presents research into the new political phenomena occurring across the political spectrum, both right and left, around the world. Those who have engaged in the activities studied cite concern with the failures of democracy as the reason for engagement. The ‘bubbling up’ of political forces into the mainstream can have both negative and positive consequences: There is a real risk of […]

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Book Review: Migrants and their money: Surviving financial exclusion

Migrants and their Money highlights how migrants negotiate the complex financial landscape they encounter and the diverse formal and informal ways in which they manage their money in London – a city that is often considered the financial capital of the world. Howard Jones finds the book provides a very readable, informative and illuminating account of the work and lives of diverse migrant communities. […]

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October 14th, 2012|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

Book Review: European Identity and Culture: Narratives of Transnational Belonging

European Identity and Culture explores cultural aspects of transnational identity formation. At its core, it tries to shed light on why there is both resistance and a search for common belonging in Europe. Amy Ludlow finds that in reframing our conceptual understanding of identity and its formation, this book sheds light upon how we might respond to the longstanding crisis […]

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October 14th, 2012|Book Reviews|0 Comments|