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The shortcomings of a Eurosceptic editorial policy

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On 13th June 2012 the Daily Express made a gamble that the EU would be more unpopular with its readership than the United Kingdom’s banking sector, when the newspaper published an article by Macer Hall on its website entitled: “NOW EU WANTS TO GRAB CONTROL OF BRITISH BANKS”. This article can be seen at http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/326238/Now-EU-wants-to-grab-control-of-British-banks/ […]

Ski Teachers reform going downhill fast

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When it was my turn to take part in Europe’s other right of passage – other than Erasmus – and do an internship with one of the European Institutions, I took advantage of my badge to sit in on all the meetings on the biggest dossier that was before the legislators at the time, the […]

A banking union with or without EU treaty change?

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It may be just a minor issue, maybe I’m also getting things wrong, but there seem to be differences in how Commission President Barroso and Vice-President Rehn see the legal situation on the banking union. On 12 June, the Financial Times Brussels Blog quoted from an interview with José Manuel Durão Barroso that “Treaty change would […]

Europe’s highly skilled 20-30 year olds in times of austerity

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Raya Kardasheva is a Lecturer in European Politics at King’s College London. Hello Europe, here they are – the educated, the jobless, the hungry and the ruthless. They studied the European project. They believed in the European project. They acted on the European project. Their generation is truly European – they travel without borders, they […]

The International Political Economy of Euro 2012: “We’re drinking German money!”

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by Dr Jack Holland As those of you who have taken my modules will know, unlike my colleagues, I’m not really one for European Politics. It’s all bratwursts and talking and complicated voting and irrelevant bodies and banana straightening and the French. For me, it lacks the, y’know, global relevance of American foreign policy or […]

Hey Big Spender – an Open Letter to Angela Merkel

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by Prof Alex Warleigh-Lack Dear Chancellor Merkel,   I am writing to ask you to rethink your insistence upon extreme austerity as the cure for the Euro-zone’s economic problems. If you do not change your mind, and if you do not work to make such a shift politically possible in your country, you risk deepening […]

Grexit Cynicism

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On Friday, I had dinner with some fellow die-hard cynics when another (and non-European) dinner guest raised the question of Grexit. To my surprise, their cynical answer was the complete opposite of mine. My thinking on this matter was pretty much summed up in this post: Grexit and non-Grexit are both an unpredictable mess, except with different […]

Grexit

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Being an econo-lawyer super-monster creature thing, I feel a sustained moral obligation to have an opinion about Greece’s potential exit from the Euro. The only problem is, I don’t really have one. Part of the reason for that is that I am actually a pretty decent economist. (Even if I do say so myself.) In […]

Travel to Greece, smile, and everything will be fine

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From the EU Commission meeting of 18 April 2012: Barroso “asked each Commissioner to travel to Greece to support the communication actions there and demonstrate visibly not just the Commission’s support for the Greek people but everything it had done to lay the groundwork for inclusive growth and sustainable development in Europe.” This request closed the […]

Court of Auditors jokes

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“The Court found … that out of the 27 transport projects audited 18 projects were clearly directed at transport objectives.” (page 17) I take this line as Court of Auditors humour, although it’s rather a sad kind of humour after an evaluation of EU-supported seaport infrastructure projects where it found that “Only 11 out of the 27 projects […]

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