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    Public demand for technocratic expertise rises in times of crisis. What does this mean for democracy?

Public demand for technocratic expertise rises in times of crisis. What does this mean for democracy?

Independent experts have played a prominent role in the responses of European governments to the Covid-19 outbreak. But while there appears to have been broad public support for the involvement of experts in policymaking during the crisis, are there potential implications for democracy? Drawing on a new book, Eri Bertsou presents five lessons learned from research on technocratic politics […]

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    Can greater central bank accountability defuse the conflict between the Bundesverfassungsgericht and the European Central Bank?

Can greater central bank accountability defuse the conflict between the Bundesverfassungsgericht and the European Central Bank?

Germany’s constitutional court recently ruled that asset purchases conducted by the European Central Bank could be incompatible with the German constitution. As Sebastian Diessner explains, the subsequent rift has prompted calls for greater accountability in ECB decision-making, potentially with representatives from Germany’s central bank, the Bundesbank, being obliged to explain ECB decisions in the Bundestag. He writes that while there […]

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    The Airbus lesson: How new companies can be generated to aid Europe’s post-Covid reconstruction

The Airbus lesson: How new companies can be generated to aid Europe’s post-Covid reconstruction

Covid-19 has given rise to a heated debate within the EU over debt mutualisation. Drawing lessons from the creation of Airbus, Daniele Archibugi argues the EU would be better served by focusing on how member states could pool their resources to create new companies capable of competing in emerging sectors.

If the European Union is truly aiming at reconstruction, it […]

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Why inflation is not lurking in the shadows

In a recent op-ed in the FT, economist Stephen Roach suggested a future of stagflation as a combined result of the increasing brittleness of supply chains and the pent-up consumer demand caused by the lockdown. But he is wrong, Bob Hancké suggests. The real world is considerably more complicated.

A few days ago, Stephen Roach, erstwhile of JP Morgan, author […]

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    VE Day and the Covid-19 outbreak: Two historical moments that have shaped the world

VE Day and the Covid-19 outbreak: Two historical moments that have shaped the world

The 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) was marked on 8 May against the backdrop of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Effie G. H. Pedaliu writes that much like the end of the Second World War, Covid-19 will constitute a landmark moment, with future historians likely to draw a line between life before and life after the […]

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    Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Spanish Politics edited by Diego Muro and Ignacio Lago

Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Spanish Politics edited by Diego Muro and Ignacio Lago

The Oxford Handbook of Spanish Politics, comprising 41 chapters by renowned scholars and edited by Diego Muro and Ignacio Lago, makes a hugely valuable contribution to understandings of the country through its consistent analysis of contemporary Spanish politics and governance in a comparative European context, rather than in isolation. The veritable wealth of excellent material and analysis in the volume makes the […]

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    How the EU can better protect the rule of law in its member states

How the EU can better protect the rule of law in its member states

The EU is in the process of adopting a new regulation to help protect the rule of law in member states. Drawing on the cases of Hungary and Poland, Nanette Neuwahl and Charles Kovacs argue that the proposed regulation would be a valuable addition, but that a somewhat revised litigation strategy of the European Commission could also help defend […]

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    What Ireland tells us about the politics of ‘places that don’t matter’

What Ireland tells us about the politics of ‘places that don’t matter’

The Irish general election in February saw Sinn Féin win the highest share of the vote. John Tomaney and Niamh Moore-Cherry write that while Sinn Féin’s success captured the headlines, the election also underlined the extent to which geographical inequalities can be rapidly and unexpectedly politicised. With Covid-19 reinforcing inequalities between Irish regions, there is now a growing need […]

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Covid-19: Should EU states share the economic burden?

The Italian economy has been left in a particularly vulnerable position by the Covid-19 outbreak. Jasper Doomen examines how the EU could attempt to share the economic burden of the crisis. He argues that while there are grounds for some form of solidarity, attempts to bring the member states together could equally end up pushing them further apart.

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    Poland’s presidential election: Will the government collapse?

Poland’s presidential election: Will the government collapse?

Poland’s government is in danger of losing its parliamentary majority following a bitter dispute over the timing of the country’s presidential election, writes Aleks Szczerbiak. But although the decomposition of the governing camp could herald a major political re-alignment, it is difficult to see a stable alternative administration emerging in the current parliament.

The Polish government, led by the right-wing […]

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    Preparing for the roll-back of Covid-19 emergency legislation: What needs to be done?

Preparing for the roll-back of Covid-19 emergency legislation: What needs to be done?

The Covid-19 pandemic has led many countries across the world to pass emergency legislation, but is there a danger that this legislation could lead to a permanent loss of civil liberties? Franklin De Vrieze explains what has to be done to prepare for the roll-back of these measures.

In response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, over 100 countries have passed […]

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    Book Review: Sharing the Burden: The Armenian Question, Humanitarian Intervention and Anglo-American Visions of Global Order by Charlie Laderman

Book Review: Sharing the Burden: The Armenian Question, Humanitarian Intervention and Anglo-American Visions of Global Order by Charlie Laderman

On 24 April each year, many communities across the world come together to commemorate the mass killing of the Armenian people of the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Grant Golub reviews Sharing the Burden: The Armenian Question, Humanitarian Intervention and Anglo-American Visions of Global Order, in which Charlie Laderman shows how the US and British responses to the atrocities were intimately tied up with […]

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    New survey evidence: A majority of the British public supports giving permanent residency to frontline health workers

New survey evidence: A majority of the British public supports giving permanent residency to frontline health workers

There have been calls for frontline health workers in the UK to be given permanent residency to acknowledge their role in the fight against Covid-19. Mollie Gerver, Patrick Lown and Dominik Duell present evidence from a new survey which indicates a majority of the British public would support this proposal.

The spread of Covid-19 has led to increasing strains on […]

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    An institutional mismatch: Why ‘taking back control’ proved so appealing in the Brexit debate

An institutional mismatch: Why ‘taking back control’ proved so appealing in the Brexit debate

‘Taking back control’ was a key element of the Leave campaign’s case for Brexit, but why did the principle find such resonance among the British public? Drawing on a new study, Susanne K Schmidt writes that it is important to recognise some core features of the UK polity that contrast with the EU’s political system. These institutional differences formed […]

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    Moral dilemmas in times of crisis: Could Covid-19 lead to a more compassionate form of politics?

Moral dilemmas in times of crisis: Could Covid-19 lead to a more compassionate form of politics?

The Covid-19 outbreak has pushed European healthcare systems to their limits. Those at the frontlines have been forced to make grim decisions about which patients merit treatment and which will have to be turned away. Katerina Glyniadaki asks whether the moral challenges posed by the crisis may ultimately foster a greater sense of compassion and solidarity in European politics.

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    The other pandemic: How global leaders have failed to counter the spread of fake news and conspiracy theories about Covid-19

The other pandemic: How global leaders have failed to counter the spread of fake news and conspiracy theories about Covid-19

The spread of fake news and conspiracy theories has been a key concern during the Covid-19 outbreak. Drawing on survey research in Romania, Alina Bârgăoanu and Loredana Radu explain that the inability of global leaders to tackle the spread of false narratives illustrates the shift toward a so called ‘G-Zero world’, in which there is a growing vacuum in […]

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Brexit: Simply an omnishambles or a major policy fiasco?

The UK’s referendum on EU membership in 2016 set off a chain of political events that can best be described as an ‘omnishambles’. But how did the country end up at this point, and what explains the approach pursued to implement Brexit following the result? Jeremy Richardson and Berthold Rittberger present their own overview of the Brexit saga, distinguishing […]

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    Covid-19 has turned cities’ main economic assets into their worst enemies

Covid-19 has turned cities’ main economic assets into their worst enemies

The Covid-19 outbreak has radically altered our conception of large cities. The density and connectedness of urban areas, once viewed as key economic strengths, now appear as weaknesses that put citizens at greater risk from the virus. Rune Dahl Fitjar asks whether this change in perceptions is likely to be temporary, or whether we may see a lasting shift […]

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    Book Review: Political English: Language and the Decay of Politics by Thomas Docherty

Book Review: Political English: Language and the Decay of Politics by Thomas Docherty

In Political English: Language and the Decay of Politics, Thomas Docherty offers a new examination of the historical and contemporary linkages between power, politics and the English language, arguing that the impoverishment of language is intimately connected with the impoverishment of political debate today. The book demonstrates the concomitant decline of discourse and democracy and brings a new slant to analyses of racism, classism and […]

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Covid-19: The struggle to agree an EU response

On 23 April, EU leaders directed the European Commission to draft a proposal for an economic rescue plan to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. Iain Begg writes that while the EU is shifting towards a more extensive response to the economic crisis, national sensitivities continue to constrain its ability to act and some will have to concede […]

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