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How low can you go?

PoliticsatSurrey |

Dr Simon Usherwood Perhaps it’s been the two weeks of unrelenting rain here, but it’s been hard to be too optimistic about the EU of late.  David Cameron’s remarks at the weekend about being less than halfway through the Eurozone crisis have only been reinforced by the poor economic figures, tetchy ECOFIN meetings, potentially deeply problematic elections in Franceand Greece, not to […]

Little or large? The EU budget and public perceptions

PoliticsatSurrey |

It’s that time of year again, when the European Commission releases its draft budget for the following year, to howls of anguish and disgust from all sides.  I’ve already talked some weeks ago about how the EU budget isn’t like national budgets and shouldn’t be compared to them on a like-by-like bias, but today I want to address a slightly different […]

A French eurosceptic President?

PoliticsatSurrey |

One of the more notable aspects of the French Presidential elections has been the extent to which all the candidates have been willing to bash the EU and European integration more generally. As the very helpful manifesto comparison tool from Le Monde shows all too clearly, euroscepticism has been rife.

Because anti-racism is not politically sexy…

europeonthestrand |

On March 21 the world commemorates the International Day Against Racism. In Europe, the day is remembered through a number of activities including the launch by the European Network Against Racism of its annual Shadow Report on Racism across the European Union.

Should China bail out Europe?

Miguel Otero-Iglesias |

Many economists, pundits and policymakers in Europe think that China is in an ideal position to rescue the Eurozone from its debt problems. The main argument goes more or less like this: China has $3.2 trillion foreign reserves, of which two thirds are in US dollars and only one quarter is in euros. It would […]

The New Euroscepticism

Ideas on Europe |

UACES member, Simon Usherwood recently presented a UACES Arena seminar at Edelman | The Centre in Brussels to an audience of over 50 representatives from European institutions, think tanks and pressure groups. An article arising from the seminar has since been published by E!Sharp.  

The Euro Marriage

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The creation of the euro is an epoch-making event. For the first time in history independent nation-states have decided to merge their monetary sovereignties in a single currency. From the start, however, the project has been based on a marriage between France and Germany.

EU-Israel relations: Everything is economic

The UACES Network |

The EU should focus more on its relations with the private sector in Israel, and forget to a certain extent the politics, in order to strengthen its position as an influential external actor – argues  Shelly Gottfried.* The EU’s economic strength and active involvement in national and regional processes is a well-known fact; however, it […]

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