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    Five minutes with Catherine de Vries: “The left is now split over whether they simply oppose the EU’s policies or oppose what the EU stands for overall”

Five minutes with Catherine de Vries: “The left is now split over whether they simply oppose the EU’s policies or oppose what the EU stands for overall”

How has opposition to the European Union changed in light of the Greek debt crisis, the UK’s planned referendum on EU membership, and the migration crisis in the Mediterranean? In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Catherine de Vries discusses the impact the UK’s referendum might have on the continent, the nature of left-wing Euroscepticism, and why immigration […]

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    Five minutes with Gideon Skinner: “The trend in the polling is clearly toward support for the UK staying in the EU”

Five minutes with Gideon Skinner: “The trend in the polling is clearly toward support for the UK staying in the EU”

What can the polling tell us about the likely result in the UK’s referendum on EU membership? In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Gideon Skinner, Head of Political Research at Ipsos MORI, discusses the recent trends in British public opinion, the potential for David Cameron’s intended renegotiation to shape the outcome, and why despite current support for […]

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    Five minutes with Alan Sked: “I think UKIP’s campaign was dreadful”

Five minutes with Alan Sked: “I think UKIP’s campaign was dreadful”

UKIP received 12.6 per cent of the vote, but only one seat in the UK’s general election. In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Alan Sked, the founder and former leader of UKIP, discusses his views on the party’s campaign and his thoughts on the upcoming referendum on the UK’s EU membership.

UKIP ended up winning one seat in […]

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    Five minutes with Nicola Sturgeon: “minority government is perfectly capable of being stable government”

Five minutes with Nicola Sturgeon: “minority government is perfectly capable of being stable government”

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and leader of the SNP, recently gave a speech at the LSE in which she discussed the need to reform UK political institutions. After the event, she sat down with Tony Travers and Jack Blumenau to discuss the potential influence of SNP MPs in Westminster after the general election and the virtues of […]

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    Five minutes with Timothy Garton Ash: “We’re far more European in the UK than we think we are”

Five minutes with Timothy Garton Ash: “We’re far more European in the UK than we think we are”

Is it possible to create a truly European public sphere? In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Timothy Garton Ash discusses the failure of efforts to reignite the enthusiasm of citizens for European integration, the importance of European identity, and why the UK is far more European than most people believe.

A common argument is that attempts to foster […]

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    British Politicast episode 3: John Hills on the welfare myth of ‘strivers’ versus ‘skivers’

British Politicast episode 3: John Hills on the welfare myth of ‘strivers’ versus ‘skivers’

In this episode of the LSE’s British Politicast, Joel Suss talks to John Hills about his new book, Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us. With two-thirds of all UK public spending going towards welfare, how the money is spent is an important political debate. The myth that dominates this debate, and to some extent […]

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    Five minutes with Robert O. Keohane: “We shouldn’t fool ourselves by believing that global governance will soon be made democratic”

Five minutes with Robert O. Keohane: “We shouldn’t fool ourselves by believing that global governance will soon be made democratic”

Can global governance through organisations such as the United Nations and the World Trade Organization ever be made properly democratic? In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Robert O. Keohane discusses the problems with establishing global democratic governance, the distinction between liberal constitutionalist achievements and democracy, and why we should be sceptical of claims that a global democracy […]

November 8th, 2014|Featured, Interviews|0 Comments|
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    Five minutes with Jonathan Portes: “Policy-makers need to be much more open about the benefits of immigration”

Five minutes with Jonathan Portes: “Policy-makers need to be much more open about the benefits of immigration”

The right to free movement is one of the founding principles of the European Union, however it has also been a source of controversy, particularly among Eurosceptics in the UK and across the UK. In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Jonathan Portes, Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, discusses the economic costs and […]