Category Archives: Max Hänska

Jul 23 2015

Europe’s Gravest Threat: Doctrines Diverged

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By Max Hänska Europe’s fiscal and economic crisis has revealed rifts in, what is often assumed to be a common understanding of the ‘European Project.’ Nowhere did the fact that different nations understand the ‘European Project’ quite differently come to a fore as … Continue reading

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Jun 7 2015

Greece – Deal or no deal? Parameters of a decision

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By Max Hänska It appears to me that much of the ongoing discussion about the Greek debt talks misinterprets the parameters of the challenge, and the resulting (irreconcilable) disagreement. Some economists attribute the standoff to the unwillingness of creditors to accept economic facts (Greece … Continue reading

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Feb 14 2015

Greece’s government deserves benefit of doubt

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By Max Hänska Wednesday’s Eurogroup meeting managed to underwhelm low expectations, as talks even failed to agree the usual face-saving joint statement outlining a structured agenda for future talks. It appears Varoufakis disappointed Eurogroup ministers by arriving without a written plan, and … Continue reading

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Jan 28 2015

The End of Austerity in Europe? 

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By Max Hänska After a spectacular swing to the left, away from a political establishment that ruled the country uninterrupted for decades, Greece’s election signals the changed mood that is taking hold of Europe. Austerity has failed. What economists have … Continue reading

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Oct 31 2014

EU Membership and the Immigration ‘Problem’ – Fact and fiction in British public discourse

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By Max Hänska As David Cameron attempt to be more royalist than the king, ratcheting up his eurosceptic and anti-immigration rhetoric in an attempt to outgun Nigel Farage, it is obvious that public discourse and popular sentiment are turning sour on migration and membership of the European Union. But what explains the ascent of immigration and the EU as … Continue reading

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Jun 24 2014

The Lost Art of Diplomacy: David Cameron to Europe’s Rescue?

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By Max Hänska The British leadership has engaged in much posturing over Jean-Claude Juncker, the Spitzenkandidat of the EPP, and favoured candidate for European Commission President, ostensibly out of concern for Europe’s future, which, it claims, would be better served by a fresh face. … Continue reading

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May 30 2014

The European Elections in Germany: Satire and Concerns over the European Project

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By Max Hänska The European elections in Germany didn’t produce major surprises, yet a mood of trepidation and uncertainty prevails. The Christian Democrats did better in absolute numbers than in the last election though relatively their share of the vote remained … Continue reading

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Sep 13 2013

Disabused of Great Expectations? (Don’t) Hold your breath for Germany’s election

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By Max Hänska Those who were lucky enough to enjoy a vacation from the euro crisis this summer might partially owe this pleasure to the prevalent notion that all will be different after Germany’s election. “Then,” some might have exclaimed, “we … Continue reading

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Aug 20 2013

Emerging Themes from the First Six Months of Euro Crisis in the Press

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By the Editorial Team The Euro Crisis in the Press blog began as part of a wider LSE-based research project on media representations of the Euro crisis across European states. The aim of the blog has been to provide a … Continue reading

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May 1 2013

Managing a European Recovery: The Case for Public Spending for an Energy Transition

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By Afzal Siddiqui and Max Hänska* The public debate about a European economic recovery has atrophied in a stimulus vs. austerity, north vs. south blame game. Far too little attention is devoted to the question into which kind of investments … Continue reading

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