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    Clegg ‘lost’ to Farage because he was viewed as representative of the political class, not because the public disagree with him on the EU

Clegg ‘lost’ to Farage because he was viewed as representative of the political class, not because the public disagree with him on the EU

Ahead of the European elections, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, and the leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, held two much publicised debates on the UK’s EU membership. Although the general consensus from polling was that Farage came out on top, Nick Anstead finds that there were in fact different discussions going on, with the two party […]

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    (Mis)understanding the public? An independent Scotland and the EU

(Mis)understanding the public? An independent Scotland and the EU

Scotland’s debate on its constitutional future has frequently focused on its future role within the EU. Jan Eichhorn and Daniel Kenealy argue that, despite uncertainty about the precise terms of an independent Scotland’s EU membership, the issue is not one that divides ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ voters. Furthermore, they show that in recent years there has been a marked rise in […]

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    Five minutes with George Galloway: “The West is guilty of deep, laughable hypocrisy over Crimea”

Five minutes with George Galloway: “The West is guilty of deep, laughable hypocrisy over Crimea”

George Galloway is a long-time anti-war campaigner and Member of the UK Parliament for Bradford West, having won a 2012 by-election as a member of the Respect Party. In an interview with Stuart Brown and Joel Suss, editors of EUROPP and the British Politics and Policy at LSE blog, he discusses events in Ukraine, the future of UK foreign […]

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    Economics is itself one of the biggest problems we face today

Economics is itself one of the biggest problems we face today

What impact do economic principles have on society? Philip Roscoe writes that the logic of the market has become embedded in our daily, personal interactions. He notes that the complexities of arriving at decisions in the modern world force us to share the burden of calculation with devices in which certain economic assumptions are lodged. Unless we evaluate the problem with […]

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    Labour’s position on a referendum is now pretty clear, but Ed Miliband’s speech is unlikely to buttress his leadership credentials

Labour’s position on a referendum is now pretty clear, but Ed Miliband’s speech is unlikely to buttress his leadership credentials

The leader of the UK’s Labour Party, Ed Miliband, has stated that his party will not commit to a referendum on Britain’s EU membership unless there is a further transfer of power to Brussels. Eric Shaw ponders the significance of the announcement and whether it does anything to help Labour and Miliband’s leadership credentials. As for its electoral impact, […]

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    Scotland could end up as a kind of post-sovereign polity in a looser union with England

Scotland could end up as a kind of post-sovereign polity in a looser union with England

British politicians are still clinging to antiquated notions of sovereignty, argues Michael Keating. While British governments have in recent decades come to accept the idea of Scottish self-determination, they have not been able to see their way beyond traditional ideas of sovereignty, so that Scotland must be subordinate to Westminster or completely independent. The moderate solution to the problem is […]

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