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    European views on the UK’s renegotiation: France, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Latvia

European views on the UK’s renegotiation: France, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Latvia

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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    Why the lump of labour fallacy helps explain some countries being more anti-austerity than others

Why the lump of labour fallacy helps explain some countries being more anti-austerity than others

Why do citizens in some countries oppose austerity policies more forcefully than citizens in other states, even when the impact of such policies on living standards is relatively similar? Achim Kemmerling presents a psychological explanation for this variation in opinions across Europe. He argues that countries with a stronger belief in the ‘zero-sum’ nature of labour markets are more […]

February 21st, 2015|Europp, Featured|0 Comments|
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    The impact of the mass media on the quality of democracy within a state remains a much overlooked area of study

The impact of the mass media on the quality of democracy within a state remains a much overlooked area of study

Media organisations are generally assumed to play an important role in democracies, but how effective are they in performing this function within specific states? Lisa Müller outlines results from an analysis of 47 countries, based on a framework which rates two separate aspects of media performance: the extent to which they perform a ‘watchdog’ role by providing information, and […]

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    Russia and the West are now firmly locked in a war of economic attrition

Russia and the West are now firmly locked in a war of economic attrition

Following the annexation of Crimea earlier this year, the EU has implemented escalating sanctions against Russia. Borja Guijarro-Usobiaga writes on the impact the sanctions are having on both Russia and Europe. He argues that with neither Russia nor the West willing to make unilateral concessions to solve the crisis, the most likely result is a lasting political deadlock until […]

November 15th, 2014|Europp, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Merkel has not issued an ultimatum to the UK over free movement, but there is growing German frustration at David Cameron’s approach to the EU

Merkel has not issued an ultimatum to the UK over free movement, but there is growing German frustration at David Cameron’s approach to the EU

An article in the German news magazine Der Spiegel generated headlines in the UK press over the weekend when it appeared to suggest Germany would rather let Britain leave the EU than accept changes to EU free movement rules. Imke Henkel writes that while the reaction in the UK to the comments has been somewhat overblown, there is nevertheless growing […]

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    European Parliament staff: who are they and do their backgrounds influence decision-making?

European Parliament staff: who are they and do their backgrounds influence decision-making?

The European Parliament and the political groups within it employ a number of staff members to help co-ordinate various aspects of the Parliament’s legislative work. But who are these staff members and do their individual backgrounds influence their decisions? Morten Egeberg, Åse Gornitzka and Jarle Trondal present the results of a survey of European Parliament officials. They write that […]

November 1st, 2014|Europp, Featured|1 Comment|
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    We are witnessing the establishment of a new regional order, built on territories such as Scotland and Catalonia

We are witnessing the establishment of a new regional order, built on territories such as Scotland and Catalonia

This year has seen an independence referendum in Scotland, a contested debate over a proposed independence consultation in Catalonia and growing momentum behind independence movements elsewhere in Europe. Igor Calzada writes that the debates taking place within countries like Spain and the UK offer an example of what he terms ‘post-independence’. He argues that political devolution, economic development and […]

October 25th, 2014|Europp, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Making regulatory agencies independent is not always a recipe for better decision-making

Making regulatory agencies independent is not always a recipe for better decision-making

The principle of making certain bodies independent from government, such as regulatory agencies or central banks, has become popular in a number of contexts over recent decades. As Jacint Jordana and Guillermo Rosas write, the basic assumption underpinning the principle is that electoral pressures can have a negative effect on decision-making in certain policy areas. However, using evidence from a study of […]

October 18th, 2014|Europp, Featured|0 Comments|