The EUROPP team take a look at the week in Brussels blogging
The EU centre and the crisis
Greek finances were once again making headlines this week as German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble appeared to confirm that Greece would require a third bailout at the end of 2014. Open Europe take a look at the form a third bailout might take.
On the wider picture in the Eurozone, Yannos Papantoniou at Project Syndicate assesses who the real winners and losers are from Europe’s crisis. He argues that European leaders must abandon ‘economic orthodoxies’ if they are to maintain the Eurozone’s recent return to growth.
As we enter the last month of campaigning before the German elections on 22 September, Charlemagne’s notebook gives a rundown on what we can expect in the coming weeks. Michael Miebach, writing at Policy Network, notes that despite the polls predicting an easy victory for Angela Merkel and the CDU/CSU, the subsequent coalition negotiations promise plenty of drama.
Germany is not the only European country heading to the polls over the next month, however. With Norwegian elections also on the horizon, Sony Kapoor at Re-Define has been engaged in a lively debate with Norway’s Finance Ministry over how the country’s oil wealth should be invested.
Away from elections, Francesca Lacaita at Social Europe asks what the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence means for the rest of Europe.
The European neighbourhood
Emad Shahin, writing at the Conversation, argues that the release of Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak could signal the end of the country’s revolution. Meanwhile Paul Sedra at Open Democracy discusses what he terms the ‘sectarianisation of Egyptian society’, following violence against the country’s Coptic Christian population in recent weeks.
Elsewhere in North Africa, FRIDE have an interview with Anouar Boukhars on the conflict between Morocco and the Polisario Front over the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
Andrew Hammel takes issue with the spelling of some anarchist graffiti.
Note: This article gives the views of the author, and not the position of EUROPP – European Politics and Policy, nor of the London School of Economics.
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