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    Sport and Britishness: the politics of the 2018 Winter Olympics

Sport and Britishness: the politics of the 2018 Winter Olympics

Although primarily about medal tables, Olympism, and human interest stories, the Winter Olympics have much to say about the representation of national identities in contemporary sport, writes John Harris. He reflects on the politics of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

 
There’s always the sport. Or so people say, more and more often, as they become sadder about what is happening to […]

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    The European Parliament is more representative of European citizens than we give it credit for

The European Parliament is more representative of European citizens than we give it credit for

Does the European Parliament adequately represent the views of European citizens? Drawing on a recent study, Miriam Sorace finds that it is far more representative of voters’ views than commonly thought. It is the lack of information about European election campaigns, as well as a tendency for voters to cast protest votes that can lead to less effective representation.

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    Did the unfounded claim that Turkey was about to join the EU swing the Brexit referendum?

Did the unfounded claim that Turkey was about to join the EU swing the Brexit referendum?

Even in 2016 – before Turkey’s latest turn towards authoritarianism – the chances of the country joining the EU before 2030 were remote. Yet this did not prevent Vote Leave from claiming during the UK’s EU referendum campaign that Turkey was poised to join. This unfounded claim, argues James Ker-Lindsay, played into voters’ existing worries about immigration and may even […]

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    Germany and Brexit: Berlin won’t put economic interest above its political support for European integration

Germany and Brexit: Berlin won’t put economic interest above its political support for European integration

If the UK wants to secure favourable terms during the Brexit negotiations, it will be crucial to win the support of Germany. But what are Germany’s key priorities? Luuk Molthof writes that the 2015 Greek debt negotiations offer some insights into the German approach, and that the UK is likely to be disappointed if it believes Germany will put economic […]

February 10th, 2018|Brexit, Featured|3 Comments|
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    Government should treat its Brexit studies like working papers: circulate them for feedback

Government should treat its Brexit studies like working papers: circulate them for feedback

With the second Brexit analysis leak, Michael Ellington and Costas Milas write that it is in no one’s long-term interest to keep such studies from experts until they are complete or leaked. Considering that the task of measuring Brexit’s impact is indeed a tall order, they suggest that the process be made more transparent and open to feedback.

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    Michael Gove’s agricultural utopia?: Britain cannot keep high standards without real subsidy

Michael Gove’s agricultural utopia?: Britain cannot keep high standards without real subsidy

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove has stated that Britain should be ‘competing at the top’ in agricultural policy after Brexit, maintaining high animal welfare and environmental standards. Charlie Cadywould argues that, to get the wider economic benefits advocated by hard Brexiteers, a race to the bottom would be inevitable.

Michael Gove is a man […]

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    EU citizens in Britain are already being stigmatised – and it’s likely to get worse

EU citizens in Britain are already being stigmatised – and it’s likely to get worse

After the Brexit vote, a ‘silent majority’ was revealed, whereby those prejudiced against EU immigrants now felt they could express those views freely. But discrimination is not only the result of bigotry, writes Thomas Roulet. He explains the many ways EU citizens are already being stigmatised in Britain, and how such treatment may progressively lead to an erosion of […]

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    Immobility and support for Leave: Brexit was partly a reaction to change from the locally rooted

Immobility and support for Leave: Brexit was partly a reaction to change from the locally rooted

Popular explanations of the Brexit vote have centred on the division between cosmopolitan internationalists who voted Remain, and geographically-rooted individuals who voted Leave. Katy Morris, Neil Lee, and Thomas Kemeny write that residential immobility also matters. They explain why those living in their county of birth were more likely to support Leave. However, the impact of immobility was filtered […]