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How the UK debates the EU

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There is an embarrassment of riches that could be discussed this week, even under this heading: from ACTA toreferenda, the issue of the EU seems to be gaining media profile, if not public interest. However, I will focus here on Cameron’s statements about removing free movement for Greek nationals in the event of a withdrawal from the Euro.  This seems […]

What Did the EU Ever Do for Us?

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by Dr Maxine David On June 19th, a Russian cargo ship, the Alaed, allegedly carrying military equipment toSyria, was forced to turn back after its London-based insurers, the Standard Club, withdrew cover. The move was received with approval in theUK, where diplomatic efforts to bringRussia round to their way of thinking onSyria have so far […]

Hey Big Spender – an Open Letter to Angela Merkel

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by Prof Alex Warleigh-Lack Dear Chancellor Merkel,   I am writing to ask you to rethink your insistence upon extreme austerity as the cure for the Euro-zone’s economic problems. If you do not change your mind, and if you do not work to make such a shift politically possible in your country, you risk deepening […]

SOME FIRST THOUGHTS ON THE GREEK ELECTIONS

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by Dr Theofanis Exadaktylos The results of last Sunday’s elections in Greece reveal not only the deep fragmentation of the political system in Greece but also a polarized electoral environment within Greek society. Clearly the outcome of the elections signals the willingness of the Greeks to remain within the Eurozone and within the European Union […]

Home and Dry? Home and Away would be closer

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Dr Simon Usherwood Yesterday’s elections in Greece and France might be seen as a vindication of what little strategy European leaders have presented to date: the former’s confirmation of New Democracy suggesting a desire to engage with the bailout agenda; the latter opening up the way for a new growth agenda. No more big challenges […]

Organised chaos

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Dr Simon Usherwood In 1996 Atletico Madrid won la Liga.  I remember this solely because I was in Madrid that night and witnessed what might be termed extensive celebrations, including the riot police at a couple of memorable points.

Hollande: the kid with a crayon?

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Dr Simon Usherwood During a roundtable discussion on elections last night here at Surrey, I was asked what the impact would be of Hollande’s election on the existing European-level agreements on austerity. After some metaphorical beating around the bush, I replied that I thought the impact would be marginal, akin to a child who gets […]

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