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Reflecting on how to run €MU more effectively

Begg, Iain, (2017), “Reflecting on how to run €MU more effectively”, LSE EUROPP, 29 June Earlier this year, the European Commission published a consultative White Paper setting out a number of scenarios on the Future of Europe and undertook to nourish the ensuing debates by releasing a series of Reflection Papers on key dimensions of the development of the Union. Among these is the recently-released one on the deepening of …Read More

How Theresa May’s ‘Brexit election’ strategy backfired

Merrick, Jane, (2017), “How Theresa May’s ‘Brexit election’ strategy backfired”, CNN, 9 June It was supposed to be the Brexit Election. When Theresa May announced back in April she was calling a risky snap election, three years before it was necessary, she invited British voters to increase her Conservative government’s majority and give her the strengthened mandate she needed to go into Brexit talks and get a good deal for the …Read More

Historical amnesia is undermining European democracy

Rubio, Diego, (2017), “Historical amnesia is undermining European democracy”, LSE EUROPP, 3 May Survey evidence suggests there is growing nostalgia toward former authoritarian regimes in a number of European countries. Diego Rubio writes that a degree of historical amnesia is now apparent in European societies, with those individuals who are too young to remember the authoritarian regimes of the past showing more openness toward the creation of authoritarian-like regimes today. He …Read More

Italy Is Europe’s Next Big Problem

Giugliano, Ferdinando, (2017), “Italy Is Europe’s Next Big Problem”, Bloomberg View, 2 May Emmanuel Macron looks on course to become France’s new president, ending the threat of a euroskeptic at the Elysee. Even if Macron wins, though, it’ll be too soon to celebrate a new phase of stability in the euro zone. Across the Alps, an economic and political storm is brewing — and there’s no sign anyone can stop it. Relevant …Read More

How do Progressives Fight Back Against Populism?

Schmidt, Vivie, (2017), “How do Progressives Fight Back Against Populism?”, Social Europe, 12 April In recent years, the European Union has suffered through a cascading set of crises, including the Eurozone crisis, the refugee crisis, the security crisis, and Brexit. But rather than bringing the EU together, with concerted responses that would demonstrate its common values on its 60th anniversary, these crises have revealed cross cutting divisions among member states. …Read More

Geneva Reports on the World Economy 15: Exit Strategy (CEPR flashback 2)The E

The Editors, (2017), “Geneva Reports on the World Economy 15: Exit Strategy (CEPR flashback 2)”, VoxEu, 8 April Central banks are now moving towards exiting from quantitative easing and other unconventional monetary policies. This column highlights a 2013 CEPR/ICMB report that examined the policy challenges surrounding this difficult and unprecedented task. It explores ways policymakers could handle exit and its long-run implications. This is part of the CEPR Flashbacks series that …Read More

The European Art of the Deal

Harold, James, (2017), “The European Art of the Deal“, Project Syndicate, 5 April It has been almost a decade since the 2008 financial crisis, and the confrontational politics that emerged in its aftermath remain ubiquitous in the West. But, despite similarities between the United States and the European Union, differences in how they address social, economic, and fiscal issues have recently been thrown into sharp relief. Relevant Posts Barber, Tony, (2017), …Read More

Europe’s Reform Opportunity

Van Rompuy, Herman, Emmanouilidis, Janis A., Zulegg. Fabian, (2017), “Europe’s Reform Opportunity”, Project Syndicate, 6 April The eurozone crisis is far less dangerous now than during its peak years of 2010-2013. Growth has picked up across the European Union, and five million jobs were created between 2014 and 2017. But the EU banking union remains incomplete, Greece and the Italian banking sector are facing challenges, and the aftershocks of the euro …Read More

Creating a ‘multi-speed Europe’ would divide the EU and diminish it as a foreign policy actor

Chryssogelos, Angelos, (2017), “Creating a ‘multi-speed Europe’ would divide the EU and diminish it as a foreign policy actor”, LSE EUROPP, 5 April The notion of creating a ‘multi-speed Europe’, in which some EU members pursue closer integration than others, has been frequently raised since the UK’s EU referendum. Angelos Chryssogelos argues that while the idea may appear to be a neat solution to the current pressures the EU faces, a …Read More

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Europe’s Other Populist Problem

Åslund, Anders, (2017), “Europe’s Other Populist Problem”, Project Syndicate, 5 April European voters, looking at Donald Trump’s chaotic presidency in the United States and the hard road ahead for a post-Brexit Britain, may be turning away from right-wing populists such as Marine Le Pen in France and Geert Wilders in the Netherlands. But if European governments are to keep their own populists at bay, they will need to implement the substantial …Read More