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Healing the European patient – Narrowing the gap between the EU and its citizens

Healing the European patient – Narrowing the gap between the EU and its citizens
Mira Alexander

Mira Alexander

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Mira Alexander is currently enrolled in a two year Erasmus Mundus Master in Public Policy, which she will complete at Central European University (Budapest) and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (Barcelona). Prior to her studies in public policy, she obtained a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University and has gained professional experiences from internships at the Institut für Europäische Politik (Berlin), Europe Direct Info-Point Hamburg, and the Chancellery of the Senate of the City of Hamburg. Mira’s research interests include EU Governance, EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, Security Studies, State Building, and Conflict Resolution.
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Previously, the situation was like the one of a sick patient who had to stay positive and rest in order to recover, now, with the Brexit it is like a failed surgery: instead of healing the patient, it put him into intensive care.  It is no longer enough to stay positive and wait – an […]

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Thomas Straubhaar: “Integration remains a political process”

Thomas Straubhaar: "Integration remains a political process"
Dorin Chiritoiu

Dorin Chiritoiu

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Dorin pursues the interdisciplinary M.Sc. in Politics, Economics, and Philosophy offered by the University of Hamburg. His bachelor thesis explores the revival of protectionist trade policies following the 2007 global financial crisis. After spending a period of time at the Foundation for an Open Society Romania, he has become an active promoter of Open Educational Resources as a new way to enhance the learning process. He is now interested in schools of economic thought and how they influence the decision-making process.
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TS: If we focus on the short-term effects, we can say that QE has helped to turn around the very negative mood in Europe and helped stabilise the European financial markets. On the other hand, QE is associated with two long-term costs: (a) the loss of confidence in ECB → the ECB has somehow lost […]

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Piers Ludlow: “Brexit is neither the first nor the worst crisis that the EU has confronted”

Piers Ludlow: “Brexit is neither the first nor the worst crisis that the EU has confronted”
Jacob Thaler

Jacob Thaler

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Jacob is a prospective graduate student at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where he will pursue a Master’s degree in Theory and History of International Relations. He received his BA in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Mannheim (UMA), Germany with a focus on EU politics, in particular the relationship between the member states and EU institutions. In his Master’s dissertation he intends to apply Historical Institutionalism to the study of European integration. His work experience includes a research assistantship at the Collaborative Research Center “Political Economy of Reforms” at UMA and an editorial traineeship at the newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”.
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PL: My answer here would be very definitely both rather than one or other of the two factors – and indeed would be to highlight the interplay between the two. So it does matter that the EU of today is very different from the EEC that Britain joined in 1973, partly because today’s EU was […]

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Politheor’s Special Report on the Future of the European Project

Politheor's Special Report on the Future of the European Project
Politheor

Politheor

Politheor is a European policy platform that brings together policy analysts in their mutual endeavour to enhance the quality of discussion on relevant policy issues in Europe. Its Advisory and Editorial Board are comprised of experts affiliated with the top education and policy institutions worldwide. The Politheor center also organizes trainings in policy analysis and promotes new generations of policy experts.
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Editor: Mario Munta Authors: Piers Ludlow, Jacob Thaler, Dorin Chiritoiu, Mira Alexander, Emma Donnachie, Cedric Algoed, Svetlana Slavcheva, Thomas Straubhaar, Hanne Cokelaere, Izza Tahir, Gianna Merki, Andrej Stefanovic Download Link: http://politheor.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Politheor-SR-August2016.pdf

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Goodbye Brexit dream, hello lessons learnt

Goodbye Brexit dream, hello lessons learnt
Meriam Benhamza

Meriam Benhamza

Meriam Benhamza holds a BA in finance and Accounting and a Master in Financial Communication from the Università Della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland. She is fascinated by various topics, but her main focus is the new financial issues arising from the Euro crisis and the role good governance plays in solving them.
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The results of the Brexit referendum surprised many analysts, the climbing Euro-scepticism notwithstanding. After all, those campaigning to remain in the EU gave perfectly reasonable arguments to do so. The most important of which being that United Kingdom knows for sure what it can get from the EU. An exit, on the other hand, would […]

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Corruption and corporatism – is TTIP still desirable for the EU?

Corruption and corporatism – is TTIP still desirable for the EU?
Dorin Chiritoiu

Dorin Chiritoiu

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Dorin pursues the interdisciplinary M.Sc. in Politics, Economics, and Philosophy offered by the University of Hamburg. His bachelor thesis explores the revival of protectionist trade policies following the 2007 global financial crisis. After spending a period of time at the Foundation for an Open Society Romania, he has become an active promoter of Open Educational Resources as a new way to enhance the learning process. He is now interested in schools of economic thought and how they influence the decision-making process.
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At the beginning of every economics course, students are taught that the free-market concept represents the solution to all the world’s economic problems. Markets alone are able to self-adjust so that there is no misallocation of resources. Hence, entrepreneurs know that absence of state interventionism will help them better predict the future, in which only […]

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Keeping Europe secure requires new thinking

Keeping Europe secure requires new thinking
Paul Turcu

Paul Turcu

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Paul Turcu is a Research Assistant at University of Amsterdam's Institute for Social Science Research. He holds an MSc in Political Scence from the same University.
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Its coming into force was not without obstacles. Along its 9 year legal journey it has been struck down by the European Court of Justice and rejected from plenary debate, twice. It was criticized by private stakeholders, watchdog organizations and various political groups for its lackluster privacy safeguarding, excess of force and overall ambiguity. Essentially, […]

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Who’s afraid of the big (bad) EU?

Who’s afraid of the big (bad) EU?
Jacob Thaler

Jacob Thaler

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Jacob is a prospective graduate student at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where he will pursue a Master’s degree in Theory and History of International Relations. He received his BA in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Mannheim (UMA), Germany with a focus on EU politics, in particular the relationship between the member states and EU institutions. In his Master’s dissertation he intends to apply Historical Institutionalism to the study of European integration. His work experience includes a research assistantship at the Collaborative Research Center “Political Economy of Reforms” at UMA and an editorial traineeship at the newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”.
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In 2018, Europe will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and, in remembrance of that event, launch the “European Year of Cultural Heritage”. In the same year, several European states celebrate 100 years of national independence. It is also the 370th anniversary of the Peace of Westphalia that is […]

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Brexit’s forgotten alternatives: are they feasible?

Brexit’s forgotten alternatives: are they feasible?
Marta Cioci
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Marta Cioci

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am currently enrolled in the MA in European Affairs programme at Sciences Po, Paris. Having graduated with a dissertation on the Ukrainian crisis from my BA Hons in International Relations and Development Studies at the University of Westminster, London, I have developed an interest in EU relations with Russia. My research primarily focuses on EU governance, migration, geopolitics, issues of conflict solving, diplomacy, nuclear weapons. My interests are also ethno-nationalism, notions of mass obedience and group conformism, the concept of nation-state, and the 1930s totalitarianist regimes in Europe.
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What the Brexit debate demagogically omits is that the eventual status of the UK (through the levels of European economic integration or outside of them), will depend on what agreements the UK will negotiate with the EU and with third countries. There is a gap in the discussions around how the final arrangement of a […]

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Time to say goodbye to the SGP?

Time to say goodbye to the SGP?
Francesca Coppola

Francesca Coppola

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
After graduating from Università Cattolica in Milan, Francesca attended a MSc in Political Economy of Europe at the London School of Economics and she is now about to obtain her Master degree in International Economic Policy from Sciences Po Paris. Before her internship at Politheor, she interned at the Representation of the European Commission in the UK. Her main research interests include the International Monetary System, Financial Regulation and European Governance.
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On May 18, the European Commission spared Spain and Portugal from sanctions over their excessive deficit. Italy, Belgium and Finland were also graced, despite their debt not being in line with parameters and not even on a decreasing trend. France met a similar destiny last year. Once again, the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) was […]

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