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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 […]

Because anti-racism is not politically sexy…

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By Jean-Pierre Gauci 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. I have had the honour and the pleasure of drafting […]

How to Outfox a Euro-skeptic: The Challenges of European Defence Cooperation

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By Paolo Enrico Favino Usually, the current debate around the EU is characterized by a great struggle between Europeanists and Euro-skeptics, where the former say that a supranational Union between European countries represents the better solution towards an ill-defined ‘enlightened future’, and the latter talk back that the nation-state still is the real and only […]

EU Day Against Trafficking

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By Jean-Pierre Gauci On Tuesday 18th October, the European Union marks its fifth anti-trafficking day. On this occasion, I propose to discuss some of the salient features of the recent EU Directive on Trafficking in Human Beings (THB Directive or the Directive). In brief, trafficking is the deceitful or forceful acquisition of a person for […]

Why the ‘Indignados’ Matter: Spain, Revolution and the European Ideal

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By Pablo Calderon Martinez Adjectives such as ‘paradigmatic’, ‘inspiring’, ‘impressive’ and ‘remarkable’ have been widely used in academic circles to describe Spanish democracy and the process that successfully established it; referring to a “Spanish model” of democratisation was common practice when analysing what Huntington referred to as the Third Wave of transitions to democracy. The […]

Where is Europe on Libya?

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By Simon McMahon The Arab Spring has defined contemporary world politics, and has been interpreted by many as a new beginning for societies in North Africa and the Middle East. It has also in many ways challenged the common perceptions of policy makers in Europe. But in Libya, Colonel Gaddafi continues to try and hold […]

More than a Cliché: Every Crisis is a New Opportunity

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By Pablo Calderon Martinez The international community was, once again, caught by surprise and overwhelmed by the speed and intensity of the events unfolding in one of the most volatile regions of the world. The much-maligned Bush “doctrine” claimed that, after a short war, Iraq would become a functional Western-like democracy, whose prosperity, freedom and […]

The Crisis, the Euro, and the development of a European polity?

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By Simon McMahon The Euro is going through its greatest challenge, a fight for survival. The financial crisis and subsequent economic downturn have put the single currency under pressure as Greece, Ireland, Portugal and possibly Spain or Italy struggle to keep markets happy, confidence up and debt off their backs. However, despite the ease with […]

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