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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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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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Brexit: David Cameron’s credibility problem

Brexit: David Cameron’s credibility problem
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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Liam Fox and David Cameron, formerly cabinet members of the same government and equally opposing any supranational defence policies, now represent not only the Tories̕ split over the question of EU membership but also, and more importantly, the ambiguous correlation between legacy and credibility in the ongoing Brexit debate. Fox personalises the pro-campaigners̕ confidence in […]

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DiEM25 – The change you want to see?

DiEM25 - The change you want to see?
Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki holds a BA Degree in Law, a Postgraduate Degree in Social Policy and an MA in International Relations. Her international professional experience include the NGO Victimology Society of Serbia dealing with victim support and reconciliation; the OSCE mission in Kosovo - in Human Rights and Communities; and currently a Policy Research internship at Politheor - European Policy Network. She has also worked as a translator for several years.
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Author: Gianna Merki Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25) was launched on February 9, 2016 in Berlin by Yanis Varoufakis and counts with the support of Noam Chomsky, Julian Assange, Srećko Horvat, Slavoj Žižek, Brian Eno among many others. The motto “the EU will be democratized or it will disintegrate” highlights the striving for what it […]

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The Collapse of Schengen: The beginning of the end?

The Collapse of Schengen: The beginning of the end?
Léa Duplan

Léa Duplan

Léa is a 2nd year Master of Public Policy student at the Hertie School of Governance. Currently, she is on a leave of absence to expand her practical experience. Prior to her MPP studies, she did her Bachelor's degree in European Studies at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Her main domains of interests are: Good Governance, Sustainable Development and European Affairs.
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Author: Lea Duplan The creation of the Schengen area (1995) made it possible to enhance a fundamental right in the European Union: the free movement of people. Since the agreement, 1.7 million people started earning their salary in a different country than the one they live in. A possible disintegration of Schengen would then pose […]

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The Lost Generation: Euro-Scepticism among European Youth

The Lost Generation: Euro-Scepticism among European Youth
Karina Oborune

Karina Oborune

In 2012 and 2014 Karina Oborune was employed as a research assistantat University of Oxford and in 2013 and 2014-2015 as a researcher at University of Latvia and at University of Lucerne. In May 2014 she was employed at EU-Vox project and in 2012-2013worked at the headquarters of ESN as a researcher at ESNSurvey team. She has received her BA degree from the University of Latvia and participated in the Erasmus exchange at Sciences Po in France, she has received her Masters in Political Science, Economics and Law from the University of Basel in Switzerland and at CEU in Budapest, Hungary. Ms. Oborune is currently a PhD Candidate in Political Science at University of Latvia, and member of EPSA, IAPSS, EUSA, UACES and BAICE.She has presented at 22 international conferences including University of Cambridge, EP Model in Strasbourg, UN Model in New York and is author of more than 11 academic publications.
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 Author: Karina Oborune Since the outset of the economic and financial crisis in Europe, the level of European identity and solidarity has seemed to lessen. The crisis has caused much political controversy, electoral volatility and civil strife, affecting political parties, voting behaviour and governing institutions. Euroscepticism is no longer just a British disease – the […]

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The integrative power of the threat of disintegration

The integrative power of the threat of disintegration
Florian Trauner

Florian Trauner

Florian Trauner is a research professor in European Studies at the Flemish Free University of Brussels (VUB). His research interests include asylum policies, migration policies and home affairs of the European Union. He is an author of many articles in renowned academic journals, and co-author of the book (2015) titled Policy Change in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: how EU institutions matter, published with Routledge, London.
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  Author: Florian Trauner The EU is entering a playing field in which it has little experience – European disintegration. EU interior ministers have openly threatened to expel Greece from the Schengen border-free zone and to seal the country off to the rest of Europe at the Macedonian border. While Greece faces the threat of […]

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The future of EU youth policy: Democracy in puberty

The future of EU youth policy: Democracy in puberty
Yago Bastin

Yago Bastin

Yago graduated as a political scientist with specialization in European politics. He obtained a second Master’s degree in General Economics. During his studies he was offered a spot on the board of JEF Ghent, and also had the opportunity to intern at the European Parliament, at the cabinet of MEP Guy Verhofstadt, president of the ALDE Group. Currently he is doing an internship at the Policy and Advocacy department of the European Youth Forum. He is in charge of monitoring the work of the European institutions with a focus on youth issues.
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Author: Yago Bastin There are two reasons that can justify this strong statement in the lead. The first one is the alienation of young people from the political system. The second one is the rise of xenophobic and extremist groups all over Europe. Let me first point out how these evolutions are indeed threatening our […]

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What does research tell us about Erasmus+?

What does research tell us about Erasmus+?
Karina Oborune

Karina Oborune

In 2012 and 2014 Karina Oborune was employed as a research assistantat University of Oxford and in 2013 and 2014-2015 as a researcher at University of Latvia and at University of Lucerne. In May 2014 she was employed at EU-Vox project and in 2012-2013worked at the headquarters of ESN as a researcher at ESNSurvey team. She has received her BA degree from the University of Latvia and participated in the Erasmus exchange at Sciences Po in France, she has received her Masters in Political Science, Economics and Law from the University of Basel in Switzerland and at CEU in Budapest, Hungary. Ms. Oborune is currently a PhD Candidate in Political Science at University of Latvia, and member of EPSA, IAPSS, EUSA, UACES and BAICE.She has presented at 22 international conferences including University of Cambridge, EP Model in Strasbourg, UN Model in New York and is author of more than 11 academic publications.
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Author: Karina Oborune Erasmus+ was launched in 1987 and so far has given opportunity to more than 3 million students, who received a first–hand insight into the social, cultural and political reality of different European societies. For many of them this was a life-changing  experience, giving a true meaning of ‘Europe’ for hundreds of thousands […]

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