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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 […]

Problematising Security Governance in Africa: A Case for Policy Convergence? Workshop Summary

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Participants to this second workshop were invited to reflect, in their papers, on the issue of convergence between international organisations within the African security regime. Discussions during the workshop were fuelled by the high quality of papers, the diversity of perspectives, approaches and case studies adopted by the participants and the intensity, sincerity and active […]

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 […]

AlMacKoM

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Yesterday, EUObserver had an excellent – although perhaps somewhat optimistic – opinion article about the idea of creating a Benelux for the West-Balkans, or specifically for Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro. Before I focus on the little detail that particularly captivated me, I’d first like to briefly discuss the main idea. In the words of […]

Rio+20: The EU approach and current developments

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Some weeks ago, the European Commission discussed the upcoming Rio+20 conference on sustainable development (20-22 June 2012). When you read through the minutes of 22 May meeting of the Commission (p. 13-18), one can see that the expectations at EU level are not very high: “[Commissioner Piebalgs] said that the only outcome that the European Union could […]

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