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Fünf Minuten mit Hans-Christian Ströbele, Mitglied des Deutschen Bundestages: “Das Verbot des einvernehmlichen Beischlafs ist mit unter erwachsenen Verwandtener ist mit einer modernen Auffassung von Sexualität und Familie nicht vereinbar.“

Der European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) entschied kürzlich, dass die Bundesrepublik Deutschland den einvernehmlichen Beischlaf unter erwachsenen Verwandten weiterhin unter Strafe stellen darf. Ein 35-jähriger Deutscher, der eine Beziehung zu seiner Schwester unterhielt, hatte zuvor argumentiert, dass die Regelung sein Recht auf Privatsphäre einschränken würde. Im Gespräch mit den EUROPP-Redakteuren Chris Gilson und Julian Kirchherr erklärt Hans Christian Ströbele, […]

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Five minutes with Wilfried Martens, President of the European People’s Party: “Yulia Tymoshenko is a shining example of Ukraine’s democratic spirit.”

Viktor Yanukovich and his government in the Ukraine are under diplomatic pressure over the alleged beating in prison of ex-Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Wilfried Martens, President of the European People’s Party, discusses with EUROPP editors Chris Gilson and Julian Kirchherr why he has called for a political boycott of this summer’s Euro 2012 competition in Ukraine and why he […]

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The consequences of the industrial revolution mean that we are now neither willing to abandon market mechanisms nor embrace the market without some form of state intervention to promote equality.

The spread of capitalism and the creation of a global economy led to unprecedented prosperity, but also great inequality, by the start of the twentieth century. Richard Pomfret argues that consequences of the industrial revolution still dominate long-term economic and political developments, and that while the extent of government involvement is, rightly debated, the principle that it is the role […]

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Der Bologna-Prozess zur Schaffung eines einheitlichen euopäischen Hochschulraums ist eine unpopuläre politische Maßnahme, die zwar auf internationaler Ebene, aber außerhalb des EU-Rahmenvertragwerks beschlossen wurde und so einen transparenten und demokratischen Gesetzsgebungsprozess umgeht.

Während die Europäische Union (EU) eine relativ transparente und demokratische Gesetzgebung ermöglicht, hat der Bologna-Prozess, der auf eine europaweite Vergleichbarkeit von Bildungsabschlüssen abzielt, genau diese Strukturen umgangen, meint Sascha Garben. Wissenschaftler, Politiker und die Öffentlichkeit sollten diese bildungspolitischen Entwicklungen des letzten Jahrzehnts, in der Bildung wie Ware behandelt wurde, kritisch analysieren. Europäisches Recht ist elementar für Universitätsbildung in Europa. Es […]

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Socio-economic volatility and the rise of anti-establishment politics will characterise Greece’s most important election in nearly 40 years. The likely outcome is a coalition government, but will it be able to undertake the substantive reforms Greece badly needs?

Greece is one of several countries in Europe facing elections in May. But, if polling is to be believed,  there are few countries in Europe that are experiencing as drastic an electoral shift as has been occurring in Greece since the onset of the crisis. Daphne Halikiopoulou and Sofia Vasilopoulou argue that the social and economic uncertainty brought on by […]

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The reform of the Spanish labour market is politically costly, and will only bring minor economic changes

The Spanish labour market is infamously rigid. In response to Spain’s economic crisis, the recently elected right-wing Popular Party, has undertaken major labour market reforms. Vicente Cuñat argues that the government’s attempts at reform are a missed opportunity because they will fail to resolve Spain’s job market duality of temporary and permanent contracts and they will not reduce the red […]

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Book Review: Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives, edited by Des Freedman and Daya Kishan Thussa

Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives is an insightful addition to the discussion about how we define legitimate and illegitimate targets in war, and what part the media has played in both the public and policy makers ideas about these decisions. Reviewed by Kate Saffin.   Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives. Edited by Des Freedman and Daya Kishan Thussa. Sage Publications. […]

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Five minutes with Graham Watson, Member of the European Parliament for South West England: Investments in infrastructure are crucial to create jobs for the young.

More than 5 million young people are now unemployed in Europe. Graham Watson, Member of the European Parliament for South West England reflects on how unemployment has become such a huge problem in Europe, and how it might be overcome. Why is youth unemployment now such a huge problem in Europe? Many countries in Western Europe have pursued policies which […]

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Women don’t blog about EU politics

It’s not big news that the political blogospheres are dominated by alpha males, which is quite unsatisfactory because blogging as such isn’t. The problem may be that men decide what is political blogging and what isn’t. What about EU blogging in this regard, wonders Ronny Patz? A quick look into the euroblogosphere does not at all contradict this view of male dominance in […]

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Guido Westerwelle: „Die Lösung für unsere gegenwärtigen Probleme ist nicht weniger, sondern mehr Europa“

Wenn in diesen Tagen über Europa diskutiert wird, ist die zentrale Frage: Werden wir die Schuldenkrise erfolgreich meistern? Dennoch, denke ich, ist es Zeit über ein Europa jenseits der Krise nachzudenken. Wir müssen anfangen darüber nachdenken, wie wir Europa als politisches Projekt voranbringen können. Read this article in English. Die Idee hinter der Europäischen Integration war es die Geschichte hinter […]

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The debt crisis has dealt a severe blow to the European project. But it may also prompt more European defense cooperation, as debt-ridden governments are getting serious about pooling and sharing their military capabilities.

The European debt crisis is forcing governments to cut their budgets. Daniel Möckli argues that the net effect of this crisis will be a strategic weakening of Europe. But he also points out that the current age of austerity may turn into an opportunity for more defence cooperation in Europe. Governments are beginning to implement ‘smart defence strategies’; the pooling […]

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Sarkozy’s image as a strong leader is helping him narrow the gap with Hollande, but it will not be sufficient to balance out his poor economic record.

Thomas Didier, Richard Nadeau and Michael S Lewis-Beck examine the 2012 French presidential election from two standpoints: first, a retrospective dimension emphasizes the burden of Sarkozy’s poor record as a president. Second, a prospective dimension highlights how Sarkozy’s image is playing in his favour – but not enough to secure a victory. A way to predict the outcome of the […]

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Marine Le Pen will not capture more than 15 per cent of the vote despite her efforts to transform Front National into a less radical populist party

How many voters will support Front National candidate Marine Le Pen in the upcoming French presidential elections? Catherine Fieschi argues that despite Le Pen’s efforts to transform the Front National into a less radical right-wing party her campaign has reached its limits, and that she will struggle to capture more than 15 per cent of the vote. Marine Le Pen’s […]

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LSE EUROPP launches a new series on the French presidential elections

The European Politics and Policy at LSE Blog (LSE EUROPP) has recently started a series on the French presidential elections to be held in April and May. Julian Kirchherr introduces the theme and gives an overview of some of the current articles, and those expected over the next few weeks. The European Politics and Policy at LSE Blog has recently […]

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Five minutes with Gudrun Wacker: ‘The Chinese political elite perceive the EU as a successful example of regional integration that has created stability and peace in Europe’.

Dr. Gudrun Wacker, Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, argues that China does not see the EU as an influential geostrategic competitor. Nevertheless, the Chinese political elite considers the EU as a successful example of regional integration which has fostered peace and stability. How important is China to the EU, and vice versa? The EU […]

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The political and economic crisis in Europe has meant a step back for the EU’s major institutions. Solutions in 2012 must not come at the expense of democracy.

Sara Hagemann argues that the EU’s leaders should ensure a key role for the European Commission in the governance of the Eurozone, as well as broader parliamentary involvement in Europe’s economic development. This article was originally posted on the British Politics and Policy at LSE blog on 9 January, 2012. Another defining summit always seems near whenever politicians, EU experts and journalists […]

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Europe is losing out in both employment and productivity by not making it easier to set up and operate business services.

Employment in the European Union is still falling short of the objectives set by the continent’s leaders more than 10 years ago. Nobel laureate Chris Pissarides explains why Europe remains behind the United States in job creation, particularly in business services and the health and education sectors. The European Union’s targets for employment, set at the Lisbon summit of 2000, […]

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Book Review: Climate Policy after Copenhagen

Karsten Neuhoff’s compact contribution aims to scope the role of and recent experience with carbon pricing, and provides all the reasons why a global carbon pricing scheme is a truly formidable undertaking, finds Dominic Moran.   Climate Policy after Copenhagen. Karsten Neuhoff. Cambridge University Press. July 2011. Even before the recent climate negotiations started in Durban we were told to […]

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Book Review: The End of the West: the Once and Future Europe

Professor Andrew Massey, Chair in Politics at the University of Exeter, reviews David Marquand‘s newly released title which focuses on the conversation Europe should be having with itself about what it wants to be and where it wants to go, as well as how to get there, perhaps hinting at a European social contract. The End of the West: the […]

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Does devolution bring welfare improvements? Evidence from Spain shows that giving Scotland and Wales the power to set speed limits might save lives across the UK

Does devolution bring welfare improvements? Joan Costa Font argues that evidence from the devolution of traffic responsibilities to the Basque Country and Catalonia by the Spanish government, suggests that decentralisation has managed to significantly reduce traffic accident deaths. Processes of devolution are becoming more common in the western world. These processes are primarily justified when policy preferences differ between territories, […]

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January 28th, 2012|South Europe|0 Comments|