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German pub landlords in revolt over increases in Sky sport charges

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Many local newspapers in Germany – such as the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger in Cologne – have reported the anger of German pub landlords, caused by Sky’s decision to raise subscription charges for televised sport. This comes at a time when many of the small pubs and restaurants in Germany are struggling to survive. For many of […]

Criticising Ukraine: Fair or Foolish?

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Since Croatia’s ascension, Ukraine is one of the next in line hoping to participate in the Brussels community. While Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, has been encouraged by various EU leaders in guiding his country’s European aspirations, bashing Ukraine has also become a popular pastime. Kiev has been depicted as flirting with both Russia to the […]

HSBC Bank: Is Britain’s future in Europe?

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At yesterday’s AGM, I asked HSBC what impact the UK leaving the EU would have on the bank’s optimistic plans for the future. Their group chairman, Douglas Flint, replied, “It is important that Europe comes out stronger and Britain remains at the heart.” He added that whilst there’s uncertainty around what the trading relationship might […]

Jon Danzig’s new ‘EU ROPE’ blog

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Welcome to Jon Danzig’s new ‘EU ROPE’ blog, where the links between the UK and Europe are explored and discussed.  Stories so far: BBC’s John Humphrys got it wrong about Europe Why did UKIP win in Clacton? Press Complaints Commission: Daily Mail breached The Editors’ Code A country called Europe? Europe Moves – The ‘EU Earthquake’ […]

The Impact of the Fiscal Cliff

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The White House and Congress leaders have reached an agreement which could prevent the worse effects of the “fiscal cliff”, with the present tax rates continuing for those with earnings less than $400,000, the automatic spending cuts being postponed for two months as federal spendings are accommodated through an increase in revenues and spending cuts and capital gains and dividend tax rates increase to 20 per […]

Human Rights and the WPK

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North Korean politics runs in the style of generational dictatorship with restrictions on freedom of expression and routine human rights abuses. Amidst the existence of minor parties, the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), the ruling party since 1948, has a totalitarian grip on government, being the only legally accepted party in the country. The military plays an important role in […]

Capitalism in Modern America

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Capitalism is an economic system where people can practice private ownership with the aid of production, distribution and exchange. Capitalists are known to have a greater freedom in operating or managing their property to profiteer from competitive conditions. Karl Marx popularised the term during the 19th century outlining that the arrangement tends to create wealthy individuals […]

Trilogues boost the influence of majority party leaders over EU policy

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“Despite speeding up the legislative process, trilogues allow the Council to negotiate directly with majority party leaders in the European Parliament at the expense of committees and minority parties”. Dr Raya Kardasheva is a Lecturer in European Politics at King’s College London The establishment of the co-decision procedure in the EU legislative system led to […]

The EU’s Assistance to 3.11 in Japan: Evaluation and Prospects

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Although it has been a while since Japan’s 3.11 Earthquake, as a response to the ECFR’s analysis ‘Assistance to Japan after the tsunami’, this post will briefly present: (1) the evaluation of the EU’s disaster relief; (2) the lack of Japanese media coverage of the EU’s assistance to 3.11 in Japan; and (3) strategies for […]

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