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    Cologne and the ‘sexism of the other’: Why tougher migration policies won’t solve sexual abuse

Cologne and the ‘sexism of the other’: Why tougher migration policies won’t solve sexual abuse

Sexual assaults, theft and violence occurred in several European cities on New Year’s Eve, most notably in Cologne. Anne Jenichen discusses the debate that ensued following the incidents, criticising the focus on the race of the perpetrators in much of the subsequent discourse. She argues that restricting immigration won’t solve the problem of sexual assault, which is a global issue with […]

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    European views on the UK’s renegotiation: Germany, Greece, Slovakia and the EU’s institutions

European views on the UK’s renegotiation: Germany, Greece, Slovakia and the EU’s institutions

The success or failure of David Cameron’s planned renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership will depend to a large extent on how the other 27 EU member states respond to his proposals. But how do countries across the EU view the UK’s renegotiation? Building on a report published in 2014 by the German Council on Foreign Relations, EUROPP is […]

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    Germany is in great need of a meaningful discussion about Islamophobia

Germany is in great need of a meaningful discussion about Islamophobia

While Germany has witnessed public displays of support for refugees during the refugee crisis, this year has also seen the rise of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim demonstrations organised by the ‘PEGIDA’ group. Astrid Bötticher writes on these conflicting attitudes within Germany and the problem of Islamophobia exemplified by PEGIDA. She argues that Islamophobia must become a scientific rather than a […]

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    The limits of German power: How ECB decisions have put constraints on Berlin’s management of the crisis

The limits of German power: How ECB decisions have put constraints on Berlin’s management of the crisis

The German government has been at the heart of the EU’s response to the Eurozone crisis, but key decisions made by the European Central Bank, notably the introduction of a large ‘quantitative easing’ program, have occurred despite German opposition. Mattias Vermeiren writes that these two developments are intricately linked, with Germany’s pursuit of creditors’ interests generating unintended ‘spillover’ effects […]

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    The two faces of Germany: how Germany’s support for refugees could counteract criticism of its handling of the Greek debt crisis

The two faces of Germany: how Germany’s support for refugees could counteract criticism of its handling of the Greek debt crisis

Throughout the Greek debt crisis, the majority of criticism from those who support a more lenient deal for Greece has been directed at Germany. As Simon Reich writes, however, Germany has also taken on a leading role in the migration crisis that has developed in southern Europe during 2015, which has placed a disproportionate burden on Greece due to […]

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    Germany is stuck with a crisis it did not foresee and can no longer control

Germany is stuck with a crisis it did not foresee and can no longer control

Germany is often described as a ‘reluctant hegemon’ in the sense that it has found itself pushed to the centre of EU affairs by the Eurozone crisis. Peter Nedergaard and Holly Snaith write that the increasing importance of Germany in the EU has resulted in a particular brand of German ‘ordoliberal’ thinking becoming institutionalised at the European level. They […]

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