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France 2017: Old fault lines, new salience

‘France has voted like it never did before’, was the headline of Spiegel Online on Monday morning, and many other foreign observers expressed similar views on the manner in which the traditional parties of the Left and Right were kicked out of the competition by an overwhelming desire of renewal of the political class. But […]

What the 2017 General Election means for Brexit: proce [...]

The lovely thing about long walks is that they give you time to think, to join your physical movement with metaphysical wanderings through the things that occupy your life. It’s often a time when you have a bright idea, that makes sense as the sunlight filters through the leaves and warm air of spring fills […]

The EU Democratic Deficit: A Recurring but Unaddressed [...]

If the EU is to survive…, major steps forward are needed in recognizing that the Deficit has become one of the most important issues… that threatens to tear the EU apart, and in drastically addressing it by increasing both better understanding of, and participation in, the EU decision-making processes by citizens. Otherwise, the rise of […]

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The Brexit business exodus

jolyongumbrell |

One of the consequences of Brexit is that companies and organisations – which have head offices in the UK – are now looking to relocate their business premises to other European countries. Brexit is all about risk because the UK will be giving up the safety of the European Single Market, when the country finally […]

The recurring Brexit problem

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

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It is with more of a whimper than a bang that the first week of campaigning in the 2017 General Election begins. On the one side, a Prime Minister who feels herself to be in such a position of strength that she doesn’t need to explain herself or her plans. On the other, the other […]

France 2017: Old fault lines, new salience

Albrecht Sonntag |

Fault lines 2017

‘France has voted like it never did before’, was the headline of Spiegel Online on Monday morning, and many other foreign observers expressed similar views on the manner in which the traditional parties of the Left and Right were kicked out of the competition by an overwhelming desire of renewal of the political class. But […]

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France 2017: That 'pschitt!' feeling

Albrecht Sonntag |

‘Pschitt!’ is – at least in colloquial French – the disappointing sound of flat champagne, a deflating balloon, or a damp firecracker. It is also a good description of the feeling that many French voters will inevitably have on Sunday evening in front of their television screen. With an unprecedented degree of uncertainty, with virtually […]

What the 2017 General Election means for Brexit: procedure, personnel and policy

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

The lovely thing about long walks is that they give you time to think, to join your physical movement with metaphysical wanderings through the things that occupy your life. It’s often a time when you have a bright idea, that makes sense as the sunlight filters through the leaves and warm air of spring fills […]

France 2017: Ready for the Fake Presidency?

Albrecht Sonntag |

Oops – they did it again! They made us believe that the Fifth Republic provides its president with a particularly wide array of prerogatives, little constrained by checks and balances, and reigning well above the heads of a weak parliament. And with all the hype around the presidential election, this highly personalised ‘encounter of a […]

The EU Democratic Deficit: A Recurring but Unaddressed Problem.

Mr. Alexandros Kyriakidis |

If the EU is to survive…, major steps forward are needed in recognizing that the Deficit has become one of the most important issues… that threatens to tear the EU apart, and in drastically addressing it by increasing both better understanding of, and participation in, the EU decision-making processes by citizens. Otherwise, the rise of […]

Economics as a social science

Albrecht Sonntag |

Has there been, since the outbreak of the economic and financial crisis in 2008, one single op-ed piece in major international newspapers that did not, in one way or another, refer to Keynes, Keynesian theory and recipes, or Keynesianism as a kind of handbook or roadmap for political leaders dealing with failing banks, sluggish growth, […]

France 2017: Disappointed, disillusioned, disgusted. A geography lesson.

Albrecht Sonntag |

Six weeks ago Brice Teinturier, whose face is well-known to the French from numerous election evenings on public television as the polling pundit who explains the gains and losses of the different parties, tried to introduce a new acronym named ‘PRAF’. In a book based on many previously published IPSOS polls and coming dangerously close […]

Why the EU should start contingency-planning for Brexit budget cuts

Ronny Patz |

I’ve just read Jon Worth’s blog post about why he’s calm about the start of the Article 50 negotiations that will most likely lead to Brexit, even if these negotiations are heading to a fight. After spending the best of my last three years researching budgeting in international organisations, including the effects of budget cuts […]

Moving determinedly towards the door: the UK's Article 50 notification letter

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

Today’s an important one in the Brexit saga. With the submission of formal notification to begin Article 50 negotiations, the UK has crossed an important threshold that cannot be easily crossed, whatever the legalities. It also matters because it represents the final opportunity for the UK to shape the agenda of that process. This cannot […]

Brexit Issues: Migration and Mercantile

Osmi Anannya |

One of the major drawbacks for the United Kingdom, of remaining in the European Union was the single currency market and the regular billion pound payments annually, which were required from the state to the European Union. Following only as recent a paying off Second World War’s loans as late 2006, and the recovery from […]

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