To mark the end of 2014 we’ve compiled the top five EUROPP interviews from the last year (measured by visits and number of shares on social media).

“We’re looking at a complete collapse of standard left and right ideologies”

Traditional political and economic models have been challenged by their inability to predict the financial crisis and their failure to bring about a return to prosperity. In an interview with EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown, Phillip Blond discusses the collapse of left-wing and right-wing ideologies, the new majorities that may take their place, and why despite the EU’s failings, becoming the leading power in Europe still offers Britain its best route to leading events on the world stage.

“Mental illness is the biggest single cause of misery in our society”

Richard Layard discusses the importance of combating mental illness and his new book, Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies, which he co-authored with David Clark. Both authors presented the findings and arguments of their new book at a public event at the LSE with Andrew Marr.

“The situation in Ukraine could easily turn into an armed conflict”

In an interview in January during the protests against Viktor Yanukovych’s Ukrainian government, Andreas Umland, Associate Professor at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, discussed the development of the protests, the role the EU should play in the crisis, and the threat that the situation could develop into a civil war.

“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.

“I think that Piketty’s conclusions mostly stand”

In the summer, Amartya Sen discussed criticism of Thomas Piketty’s work on inequality, the consequences of widening inequality, and his views on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose BJP party won the country’s 2014 general election.

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Note: Interviews give the views of the interviewees, and not the position of EUROPP – European Politics and Policy, nor of the London School of Economics. Featured image credit: European Parliament (CC-BY-SA-ND-NC-3.0)

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