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    While an independent Scotland would undoubtedly be able to join the EU, the timing and terms of membership remain uncertain

While an independent Scotland would undoubtedly be able to join the EU, the timing and terms of membership remain uncertain

One of the most controversial arguments in the context of Scotland’s referendum on independence is the issue of whether an independent Scotland could make a seamless transition to EU membership and under what terms it would be able to join. Daniel Kenealy writes that while the issue has been the subject of bitter disagreements between the Yes and No […]

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    OECD countries are currently experiencing their highest levels of economic freedom in modern history

OECD countries are currently experiencing their highest levels of economic freedom in modern history

How has economic liberty changed in the developed world over the past two centuries? Leandro Prados de la Escosura presents findings from an analysis of the historical development of economic freedoms in OECD countries since 1850. He illustrates that economic liberty rose steadily from 1850 until the outbreak of the First World War, before experiencing a sharp decline in […]

July 19th, 2014|Europp, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Mobile phone use reflects the development of new social stratifications

Mobile phone use reflects the development of new social stratifications

One of the key technological developments in the past two decades has been the spread in the use of mobile phones. How do such changes in technology affect issues such as social justice and inequality? Sakari Taipale and Leopoldina Fortunati write that while the creation of new mobile phone technologies has tended to be seen as a uniquely positive […]

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    Five minutes with John Curtice (part 1): “Almost undoubtedly if Cameron held an EU referendum following a successful renegotiation then the ‘stay in’ side would win”

Five minutes with John Curtice (part 1): “Almost undoubtedly if Cameron held an EU referendum following a successful renegotiation then the ‘stay in’ side would win”

Early last year, David Cameron proposed a new policy on the UK’s membership of the European Union, in which he would renegotiate a new settlement with his fellow European leaders and put the result to the British people in an in/out referendum, should his party emerge victorious at next year’s General Election. In an interview with Democratic Audit’s Sean […]

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    In spite of their electoral success, populist parties remain disconnected from other parties domestically and transnationally

In spite of their electoral success, populist parties remain disconnected from other parties domestically and transnationally

The European Parliament elections in May saw a number of populist, far-right and Eurosceptic parties gain representation. Alexandre Afonso writes that despite their success, the majority of these parties remain disconnected from other parties at the national and European levels. Presenting a network of European parties, he illustrates that those on the Eurosceptic-right and radical-left are still largely isolated […]

July 8th, 2014|Europp, Featured|2 Comments|
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    Far from being a threat to European democracy, the EU-US free trade deal is an ideal opportunity to reform controversial investment rules and procedures

Far from being a threat to European democracy, the EU-US free trade deal is an ideal opportunity to reform controversial investment rules and procedures

The EU and the United States are currently in the process of negotiating a free trade area, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Robert Basedow writes on criticism over the potential inclusion of ‘investor-state dispute settlement’ procedures in TTIP, which some commentators and academics have argued could undermine democracy on both sides of the Atlantic. He argues that […]

July 5th, 2014|Europp, Featured|0 Comments|
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    The UK has been one of the main beneficiaries from free movement of labour in the EU

The UK has been one of the main beneficiaries from free movement of labour in the EU

Free movement of labour across the EU has become a controversial issue, with UKIP and others calling for restrictions on EU immigration. Adrian Favell writes on the debate over the issue within the UK. He argues that while free movement has generally been portrayed as an ‘immigration’ problem, it should instead be viewed as a set of rights which allow […]

July 3rd, 2014|Europp, Featured|2 Comments|
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    The five routes to a Brexit: how the UK might leave the European Union

The five routes to a Brexit: how the UK might leave the European Union

Given the dispute over the new President of the European Commission, and UKIP’s success in the European Parliament elections, the UK’s EU membership is likely to be a key issue in the campaign for the 2015 UK general election. Tim Oliver writes that while a great deal has been written on whether the UK will leave the EU, less […]