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An insult to all EU citizens in Britain

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In a celebratory Tweet, Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced the end of ‘free movement’. She wrote: ‘We’re ending free movement to open Britain up to the world. It will ensure people can come to our country based on what they have to offer, not where they come from.’ Her Tweet is an insult to […]

Britain cut-off from the mainland

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‘Visit Europe from 1 January 2021’ is the title of the UK government website which ironically tells you how much more difficult visiting ‘Europe’ will be from next year. Yes, we’re getting our country back (really?) but instead, we’re losing our continent, or at least, easy access to it. Among some of the key points for […]

Brexit crash on top of a pandemic crash. You really want that?

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A no-deal Brexit now looks almost certain, with the latest round of talks between the UK and the EU ending in stalemate, and the negotiations by all accounts turning acrimonious. It’s almost as if the British government wants a no-deal, even though the non-binding ‘political statement’ of the Withdrawal Agreement, approved by the UK Parliament, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The difficult role of consumer groups in the shaping of financial regulation

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Although European financial regulation directly affects citizens as consumers, it is only to a limited extent exposed to public debate. There has also been widespread criticism that European regulators were too close to the financial sector, both before and after the financial crisis. The EU introduced permanent advisory councils, so-called Stakeholder Groups, to include more […]

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 […]

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 […]

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