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    Remain, revolt, reform: the EU needs policies that tame capitalism and a politics conducive to socialism

Remain, revolt, reform: the EU needs policies that tame capitalism and a politics conducive to socialism

The fight for Europe cannot just be a fight against how certain things are done, but also a fight for how they should be done, writes Lea Ypi. This requires changing power relations and power structures, both within states and between them.

The one conclusion on which many seemed to agree after the European elections was that: ‘it’s complicated’. The […]

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    Tough and tender: winning formula for the next Prime Minister

Tough and tender: winning formula for the next Prime Minister

Whoever emerges from the Conservative leadership contest as the next Prime Minister, they will need to have the human and technical skills to tackle both the emotional divisions of the country and the challenges of Brexit, writes Tony Hockley.

Over the summer the Conservative Party will be choosing Britain’s next Prime Minister. The winner will face an exceptional challenge. They […]

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    It is a fantasy to think that financial markets will self-regulate when it comes to climate risk

It is a fantasy to think that financial markets will self-regulate when it comes to climate risk

Abby Innes explains how the current financial incentive framework is stacked against any traded company that tries to care about climate change. She warns that without government regulation, the economy’s most regressive financial actors will continue to punish those who invest for the future.

When the Conservative Government insists that traded corporations and investment funds should be left to self-regulate […]

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    The 2019 European Parliament: the far right International is here – when will the left wake up?

The 2019 European Parliament: the far right International is here – when will the left wake up?

The political forces most hostile to European integration are also the only ones to have formulated a common vision for Europe, writes Lea Ypi. Now is the time to bring the various local social justice campaigns together, and put them at the service of a renewed political project.

As Marine Le Pen, Matteo Salvini, Geert Wildeers and other far-right leaders […]

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    Seven key stories about the most ‘European’ EP election ever

Seven key stories about the most ‘European’ EP election ever

The 2019 European Parliament elections were like no other: like no other European Parliament election before, and like no other democratic exercise in the world. In fact, it is probably the first time that we may call it a singular European Parliament election because so many of the trends that shaped it are pan-European, write Michael Bruter and Sarah Harrison, […]

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    Who really won the UK European elections? A tale of two stories, and what happens next

Who really won the UK European elections? A tale of two stories, and what happens next

The results of the European Parliament elections in the UK are out, and while various politicians have tried hard to frame the result as telling an ‘obvious’ story, it is probably because interpreting the outcome depends a lot on how you read the 2014 results, explain Michael Bruter and Sarah Harrison.

The European Parliament election of 2019 is the story […]

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    Why reading polls is actually a lot more complicated than it looks

Why reading polls is actually a lot more complicated than it looks

When the results of the European Parliament elections are revealed they will likely be met with the usual assortment of self-congratulation and outcry. Drawing on the work of the LSE Electoral Psychology Observatory, Michael Bruter and Sarah Harrison explain why polling is a lot more complicated than people may think.

Reading polls is a lot more complicated than what many […]

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    Who will suffer most from Brexit? Effects by region, sector, skill level and income group

Who will suffer most from Brexit? Effects by region, sector, skill level and income group

Kitty Stewart explores the potential consequences of Brexit for domestic social policy. Drawing on existing research and evidence, she sheds light on the many ways in which social policy in the UK has been affected by EU membership, and hence the likely implications and challenges arising from the decision to leave.

How are the effects of Brexit expected to fall […]