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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 […]

The International Political Economy of Euro 2012: “We’re drinking German money!”

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by Dr Jack Holland As those of you who have taken my modules will know, unlike my colleagues, I’m not really one for European Politics. It’s all bratwursts and talking and complicated voting and irrelevant bodies and banana straightening and the French. For me, it lacks the, y’know, global relevance of American foreign policy or […]

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 […]

A long week

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Dr Simon Usherwood As is often observed, a week is a long time in politics, and this has been a particularly long week.  From the EU’s perspective, the high points have been the re-election of the pro-EU government in Armenia and the failure yesterday of eurosceptics to get the hashtag #NotoEU trending on Twitter.  Not particularly glorious […]

How low can you go?

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Dr Simon Usherwood Perhaps it’s been the two weeks of unrelenting rain here, but it’s been hard to be too optimistic about the EU of late.  David Cameron’s remarks at the weekend about being less than halfway through the Eurozone crisis have only been reinforced by the poor economic figures, tetchy ECOFIN meetings, potentially deeply problematic elections in Franceand Greece, not to […]

Little or large? The EU budget and public perceptions

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Dr Simon Usherwood It’s that time of year again, when the European Commission releases its draft budget for the following year, to howls ofanguish and disgust from all sides.  I’ve already talked some weeks ago about how the EU budget isn’t like national budgets and shouldn’t be compared to them on a like-by-like bias, but today I want to address a […]

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