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    Attitudes in established democracies show there is still a place for independent experts in politics

Attitudes in established democracies show there is still a place for independent experts in politics

While recent political developments may paint a bleak picture of the role of unelected experts in democratic politics, Eri Bertsou and Giulia Pastorella argue that positive attitudes toward ‘technocrats’ remain prevalent in many established democracies. They explain that what drives citizen preferences for political decision-making by independent experts is distrust of representative political institutions and a belief in the […]

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Experts react: Greek referendum

The final result of the Greek referendum saw 61.3 per cent of voters reject the proposal, with 38.7 per cent voting in favour. We asked some of EUROPP’s contributors for their reactions to the result and what it could mean for Greece’s future in the Eurozone.

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    Greek parliamentary elections: a final look at the parties and the polling

Greek parliamentary elections: a final look at the parties and the polling

On 25 January Greece will hold parliamentary elections. Ahead of the vote, Eri Bertsou and Stuart Brown take a final look at the election, providing an overview of the Greek party system, the latest polling, and some of the key contextual factors such as the impact of the financial crisis on the Greek economy and the attitudes of citizens […]

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    With Greek MPs set to vote on the country’s new president, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Greece and the Eurozone

With Greek MPs set to vote on the country’s new president, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Greece and the Eurozone

The Greek parliament is holding a series of votes on electing the country’s next President. Although the position of President is largely ceremonial, the issue has created political uncertainty due to the present government lacking the required support to elect their designated candidate. Should they fail to appoint a new President by 29 December, the Greek constitution states that […]

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    The European Parliament elections in Greece will take place against a backdrop of increasing disillusionment with politics among Greek citizens

The European Parliament elections in Greece will take place against a backdrop of increasing disillusionment with politics among Greek citizens

The Greek party system experienced substantial change during the Eurozone crisis, with Pasok, the country’s main centre-left party, suffering a particularly damaging loss of support. Ahead of the European elections in Greece, Eri Bertsou previews the vote and assesses what the elections might mean for the Greek political landscape. She writes that with a fragmented party system and increasing […]

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Men are bigger Scrooges than women in the UK, but most countries in Europe are looking forward to Christmas

To mark Christmas Eve, the EUROPP editorial team decided to bring you an alternative piece of research. Based on a recent YouGov poll on attitudes toward Christmas, EUROPP editors Eri Bertsou and Stuart Brown assess which demographic groups most look forward to the holiday. Despite the wide variation in attitudes among UK citizens, they note that people across Europe are […]

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