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    Does the UK lose out in the Council? How opposition to EU proposals acts as a signal to domestic audiences

Does the UK lose out in the Council? How opposition to EU proposals acts as a signal to domestic audiences

Those campaigning for a leave vote in Britain’s upcoming referendum often state that the UK has never been on the winning side when it has voted against a proposal in the Council of the European Union. Remain campaigners, however, have responded by arguing that agreements are made by consensus in the Council and that the UK has a strong […]

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    Book Review: In Search of the Perfect Health System by Mark Britnell

Book Review: In Search of the Perfect Health System by Mark Britnell

Mark Britnell is one of the UK’s most knowledgeable health management professionals, with boundless enthusiasm for healthcare and a mission to encourage countries to collaborate for the benefit of patients and citizens in general. In Search of the Perfect Health System is a series of essays based on his observation of health systems around the world, from which he […]

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    The UK’s plans to prevent migration from Libya show a dangerous unwillingness to learn from the past

The UK’s plans to prevent migration from Libya show a dangerous unwillingness to learn from the past

Although much of the attention concerning the migration crisis has recently focused on Greece and Turkey, dangerous boat crossings from Libya continue to present a significant problem. Simon McMahon writes on a proposal by David Cameron to intercept boats in the Mediterranean and return them to the Libyan shore. He argues that the proposal could prove extremely dangerous in […]

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    Giving MPs more power over the UK’s EU representatives would do far more for parliamentary sovereignty than a ‘red card’

Giving MPs more power over the UK’s EU representatives would do far more for parliamentary sovereignty than a ‘red card’

The European Council summit scheduled for 18-19 February is expected to produce a deal on the UK’s renegotiation. Ahead of the meeting, Sara Hagemann writes on David Cameron’s attempts to negotiate further powers for national parliaments over EU decision-making. She notes that while a deal may be achieved on this point, including a possible ‘red card’ that would allow […]

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    Lies, damned lies and yet more misleading statistics on Europe

Lies, damned lies and yet more misleading statistics on Europe

Statistics on the impact of EU membership are likely to be heavily contested by both campaigns during the UK’s EU referendum. Citing recent examples from Vote Leave, the Sunday Times and the Centre for Economics and Business Research, Iain Begg warns that these figures can make misleading assumptions or even be downright inaccurate.

In war, according to the ancient Greek dramatist Aeschylus, truth is […]

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    The ‘leave’ campaigns are ignoring the last 40 years of economic data

The ‘leave’ campaigns are ignoring the last 40 years of economic data

One of the key debates in the context of the UK’s EU referendum is whether a Brexit would help or hinder the British economy. Swati Dhingra argues that while both sides of the referendum campaign have a tendency to exaggerate figures, the last 40 years of data demonstrate clear economic benefits from the UK’s EU membership.

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