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The EU at 60: Why there is hope the future will be brighter than many expect

Benedikter, Roland, Karolewski, Ireneusz Pawel, (2017), “The EU at 60: Why there is hope the future will be brighter than many expect”, LSE EUROPP, 28 March The European Union is marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which was signed on 25 March 1957. But given the UK’s decision to leave the EU and rising scepticism in many European countries, is there a bleak future for the integration process? …Read More

The Gaps of Nations & The Rise of Far-Right Populism

Laboure, Marion, Braunstein, Juergen, (2017), “The Gaps of Nations & The Rise of Far-Right Populism”, LSE Euro Crisis in the Press, 23 March The rise of populism in 2016 has several potential explanations. Some commentators explain the US presidential election outcome as well as the Brexit vote as a form of protest with socio-economic origins. The tectonic plates upon which the socio-economic order of OECD countries rests have started to shift: …Read More

Europe’s Dutch Turning Point?

Eijffinger, Sylvester, (2017), “Europe’s Dutch Turning Point?”, Project Syndicate, 21 March Last week, Dutch voters dealt a blow to far-right populism in their country’s general election. With the Euroskeptic, anti-immigration Party for Freedom (PVV), led by Geert Wilders, having managed to secure substantially fewer seats than anticipated, the Dutch outcome is a promising start to a year of critical elections in Europe. Relevant Posts Reichlin, Lucrezia, (2017), “Democracy Over Sovereignty in …Read More

The Troika gave Ireland more autonomy over social security cuts than is commonly recognised

Hick, Rod, (2017), “The Troika gave Ireland more autonomy over social security cuts than is commonly recognised”, LSE EUROPP, 22 March The so called ‘Troika’ of the European Commission, European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund was frequently criticised during the Eurozone crisis on the basis that it had imposed austerity on countries requiring a bailout. But how accurate was this picture in reality? Drawing on new research in …Read More

What future for Europe?

Wolff, Guntram B., (2017), “What future for Europe?”, Bruegel, 16 March The Commission’s White Paper on the future of the EU sets out five scenarios, but misses the fundamental questions facing Europe. How should the EU interact with its neighbourhood? How can we manage the tensions created by multi-speed integration? And above all how can the Euro be made sustainable in the absence of a major step towards fiscal union? …Read More

How Much Europe Can Europe Tolerate?

Rodrik, Dani, (2017), “How Much Europe Can Europe Tolerate?”, Project Syndicate, 14 March This month the European Union will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding treaty, the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community. There certainly is much to celebrate. After centuries of war, upheaval, and mass killings, Europe is peaceful and democratic. The EU has brought 11 former Soviet-bloc countries into its fold, successfully guiding their post-communist …Read More

Democracy Over Sovereignty in Europe

Reichlin, Lucrezia, (2017), “Democracy Over Sovereignty in Europe”, Project Syndicate, 14 March The future of the European Union may not officially be on the ballot in the upcoming elections in the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Italy, but the results will go a long way towards determining Europe’s fate. Anti-EU sentiment is more widespread than ever, as demonstrated by the feverish campaigns of right-wing populist insurgents like Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and …Read More

Europe starts to think the unthinkable: breaking up

Barber, Tony, (2017), “Europe starts to think the unthinkable: breaking up”, Financial Times, 2 March As an illustration of the EU’s doubts about its destiny, Jean-Claude Juncker’s white paper on Europe’s future fitted the bill nicely. Unveiled on Wednesday, the European Commission president’s document contained no fewer than five scenarios for the EU’s evolution up to 2025: “carrying on”, “nothing but the single market”, “those who want more do more”, “doing less …Read More

A Multispeed Europe Will Be Hard to Pull Off

Bershidsky, Leonid, (2017), “A Multispeed Europe Will Be Hard to Pull Off”, BloombergView, 10 March The  European Council, which includes leaders of EU member states, normally issues a consensus document at the end of each meeting. On Thursday, it failed to do so because one member — Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo — refused to approve it. The spat tells us something about the rocky future of a multispeed Europe. Relevant …Read More

Beyond Crisis: Constitutional Change in Greece after the Memoranda

Tsiftsoglou, Anna, (2017), “Beyond Crisis: Constitutional Change in Greece after the Memoranda”, LSE Hellenic Observatory, 9 March Can financial crises bring constitutional change? Has Greece become a prominent such example? Already 7 years into recession, crisis-hit Greece is experiencing a tremendous institutional change. This change, which takes place informally rather than formally, is affecting state institutions- primarily its parliament, the executive and courts. Everyday practice, political or otherwise, changes the …Read More