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Sacrificing Sovereignty and Human Potential in the name of Economic Growth

Sacrificing Sovereignty and Human Potential in the name of Economic Growth
Tom Monti

Tom Monti

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Tom has just completed his MA in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. His thesis examined the relationship between international trade and trade union rights in India and Pakistan. Before this, Tom worked for the National Alliance of People’s Movements and the European Projects and Management Agency in Delhi and Prague respectively. During the course of his undergraduate degree, he completed a one year internship with international development consultancy firm EUROPE Ltd. His areas of interest include trade liberalisation, workers’ rights and civil society. Alongside his work with Politheor, Tom is currently working for TRUST Consultancy and Development.
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Since economic liberalisation policies swept through lower and middle incomes in the late 20th century, more and more Bilateral Investment Treaties have been signed with the objective of incentivising foreign investment and promoting economic growth. Influential organisations such as the IMF and World Bank as well as powerful neoliberal governments in the West called for […]

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Beware: Nobody wants to be lonely

Beware: Nobody wants to be lonely
Igor Tkalec

Igor Tkalec

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Igor Tkalec is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Luxembourg. His PhD project encompasses policy coordination and social policy of the European Union with a focus on pension systems. His academic interests include political economy, governance, and comparative politics, notably in the context of the European Union. He has experience in journalism, blogging, and research projects.
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After my grandmother passed away, my grandfather, still an agile man now in his 80s, has been coming to our house every single day. Most of the days he spends silently watching TV. He leaves to his place after the afternoon news, around 4.30pm. Although we have had countless memorable moments together during my childhood […]

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Pan-European pension schemes – a way to close the pension gap

Pan-European pension schemes – a way to close the pension gap
Igor Tkalec

Igor Tkalec

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Igor Tkalec is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Luxembourg. His PhD project encompasses policy coordination and social policy of the European Union with a focus on pension systems. His academic interests include political economy, governance, and comparative politics, notably in the context of the European Union. He has experience in journalism, blogging, and research projects.
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Europe is getting old. Ageing population is a luxury good hardly any country can afford. It has been one of the main policy challenges in the Union. Increasing old-age dependency ratio will widen the pension gap and make current pension systems unsustainable. Over the past decades, politicians have been in a rambling quest to close […]

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EU’s Sustainable Finance scheme should go beyond greening the financial system

Fivos Petsinaris

Fivos Petsinaris

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Fivos Petsinaris holds a MSc in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Copenhagen and a BA in Economics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His research interests generally revolve around the interactions between economic and ecological systems and how these are reflected in environmental policy decisions. He is primarily interested in integrated water resource management, sustainable production and consumption patterns, and in environmental justice issues that arise from the transition to a low-carbon economy.
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In early July, EU published an interim report on Sustainable Finance, which summarizes the results and policy options developed by a High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) established by the Commission to work on the European strategy on sustainable finance. A week later a public hearing was conducted to allow experts and stakeholders to give feedback on […]

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European Unemployment Insurance – a good initiative missing proper foundation

European Unemployment Insurance – a good initiative missing proper foundation
Igor Tkalec

Igor Tkalec

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Igor Tkalec is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Luxembourg. His PhD project encompasses policy coordination and social policy of the European Union with a focus on pension systems. His academic interests include political economy, governance, and comparative politics, notably in the context of the European Union. He has experience in journalism, blogging, and research projects.
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The recent announcement of the European Pillar of Social Rights rekindled discussions about a European Unemployment Insurance Scheme. The Scheme would serve as a coordination mechanism at the European level to cushion economic downturns in member states. The idea goes hand in hand with the Five Presidents Report on Completing the Economic and Monetary Union, […]

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2017: a new start for the EU–US partnership?

2017: a new start for the EU–US partnership?
Marina Martinova

Marina Martinova

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Marina Martinova studies International Relations and World Politics at Moscow State Institute of International Relations. After doing an exchange programme in Sciences Po (Paris), she completed an internship in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. Her interests lie in global financial governance, integration, European politics and geopolitics. Alpinism, cycling, debating and reading are among her favourite pastimes.
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Strained by the migrant crisis, frustrated by Brexit and finally humiliated by Trump’s accession to power …  Such a Europe seems to have no prospects of improving its positions and is doomed to fall behind the emerging powers. This simplistic gloomy scenario is a good pretext for standing by and doing nothing, but hardly is […]

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Central bank independence: Time for a change?

Central bank independence: Time for a change?
Mareike Müller

Mareike Müller

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Mareike Müller studies International Security and Political Economy at the LSE and Sciences Po. Prior to her studies she has gained professional experience among others at the World Health Organization, the German Development Agency GIZ and the Federal Foreign Office.
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Donald Trump and Theresa May did not only shake things up politically in 2016. Regarding monetary policy, both leaders are likely to appoint politically compliant governors, silently starting to undermine central bank independence. In Europe, the latest protests against the ECB criticized this very dichotomy between an independent central bank and an allegedly democratic European […]

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Extreme Makeover: Science Edition

Extreme Makeover: Science Edition
André Breedt

André Breedt

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
André is currently pursuing a PhD in economics at the Sorbonne in Paris. His research centres around the development of econophysics for economic analysis, and applied use in financial markets. He completed Masters of Philosophy and Science, both in economics, also from the Sorbonne. He has previously worked, amongst others, at the United Nations and Deutsche Bank, and holds an undergraduate degree in law from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
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Marquis de Sade quipped: “Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction”. Many a politician has taken heed of this insight, making the ability to turn ‘mistruths’ into believable facts an indispensible faculty of the politicians’ toolkit. Scientists, extoled as purveyors of truth and knowledge, have generally been spared the politician’s seedy reputation. Until now. […]

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The gender in Brexit

The gender in Brexit
Mareike Müller

Mareike Müller

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Mareike Müller studies International Security and Political Economy at the LSE and Sciences Po. Prior to her studies she has gained professional experience among others at the World Health Organization, the German Development Agency GIZ and the Federal Foreign Office.
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In 1975 the United Kingdom held its first referendum about leaving the European Economic Community – the European Union’s predecessor – and decided to remain. Many things were different back then, including the role women played in the debate. Not only were women addressed by politicians – who seized the opportunity to mobilize voters – […]

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Gender-mainstreaming in Italy: When assets are considered liabilities

Gender-mainstreaming in Italy: When assets are considered liabilities
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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The pervasiveness of the male-breadwinner model has long characterized the Italian welfare system. It reflects an ideal of the family in which men earn a wage and provide, while women do domestic labor and care for family members. The Italian labor market has always presented an uncomfortably wide gender gap. Women were incentivized to free […]

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