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No extra time for the European Union

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The socio-economic effects of the coronavirus requires a massive and coordinated response from the EU. So far, the EU has not been up to the challenge, argues Marco Dani and Agustín José Menéndez.   The coronavirus pandemic has deepened and radicalised a set of crises that the European Union postponed but did not solve in […]

Snapshots from Europe: how three cities are responding to the Coronavirus crisis

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Last year, I spent three months travelling to see what three of Europe’s lesser-known cities showed about life on the Continent in the twenty-first century. Geographically, culturally and economically distinctive, each place – with its own legacy from the past and priorities for the future – illustrates a different aspect of Europe and the challenges […]

The Netherlands doesn’t understand Southern Europe’s pain

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In the Netherlands, the public underestimates how much Southern Europe has already suffered. And how we benefited ourselves, says Joris Melman, analysing the Dutch stance in the negotiations on the EU’s economic responses to the corona crisis. The Dutch stance in the EU negotiations about the economic response to the corona crisis has sparked criticism […]

Back to Brexit: Negotiating the EU-UK future relationship during the Covid-19 pandemic

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With the coronavirus pandemic on our minds, Brexit and the still to be negotiated future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union have more or less slipped off the agenda, although it was merely two and a half months ago that the United Kingdom formally left the European Union as a member state. […]

The path to Europe’s recovery from coronavirus – by Ursula von der Leyen

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In her impassioned speech to the European Parliament on Thursday, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen laid out the most ambitious plans in the EU’s history. In response to the devastating Covid-19 pandemic, the President said that: “Europe has done more in the last four weeks than it did in the first four years of […]

Could we be facing another Eurozone crisis?

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The gap between Italian and German yields widened to more than 2.2 percentage points, reversing more than half of the narrowing seen since the European Central Bank’s (ECB) announced its €750bn monetary stimulus. Italy’s borrowing costs remain above their levels at the beginning of the year. Investors worry about mounting debt to fund the country’s response […]

Migration Evangelism to French Commuters: Political transnationalism of France-based African migrants on board of trains

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Drawing from political transnationalism of African migrants in France, Dr Tshimpaka argues that France-based African migrant combatants from Francophone countries, transnationally network within the ‘Rassemblement des Africains et Afro-descendants pour la Souverneite’ de Afrique’ (RAASA) to contest the European narrative on African migration, that they deem to be misleading.

The future of Europe is being decided now

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Given the ravages of the coronavirus crisis, the future of Europe cannot be one of permanent division between its northern and southern states. We are going through the gravest European crisis since the integration project began. The divisions which emerged during the European Council on March 26th are unprecedented in the history of the European […]

Labour Markets in the Time of Covid-19: Impact and Policy Responses

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The Covid-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on the economy as governments around the world are imposing strict confinement measures, bringing social life and economic activity to a halt in order to slow the spread of the virus. Labour markets are suffering an unprecedented shock with International Labour Organisation estimates saying that 81 per cent of […]

 COVID-19 triggered Open and Relaxed times in Hungary (II)

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In my last blog, I have introduced Gourevitch’s (1986) description of critical juncture to analyse the COVID-19 crisis as a critical juncture in breaking the routine and the normality, which the large part of the World was enjoying since the WWII.  While Gourevitch (1986) argues critical junctures are ‘open moments’ where political actors make ‘system […]

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