Bursting the Bubble

Column: Political & Institutional Affairs

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Can we fight fire with fire when it comes to populism?

6 March 2017 | by Natasha Marie Levanti

Populism has undoubtedly enjoyed a good year in 2016. Emboldened by the successes of Vote Leave and Donald Trump, the trend could continue in 2017, with elections in the Netherlands and France the most immediate litmus tests. Lots of ink, analogue and digital, has been spilled over how the opposite camp (call it progressives, liberals, […]

Brexit: Should Visegrád countries fight for free movement of workers?

3 March 2017 | by Frank Markovic

Central and Eastern European states are faced with a demographic crisis that has a potential to seriously undermine the region’s geopolitical strength and economic prosperity. Aging population, underpinned by the mass emigration and brain drain are a nightmare in waiting and an economic time bomb in disguise. Surprising as it may be, the upcoming Brexit […]

60 years since the Treaty of Rome: let’s start by changing the captain of the ship

10 February 2017 | by Daniel Guéguen

How should we celebrate 25th March 2017, the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome? Many people are asking themselves this tricky question. In my own opinion, it would be better not to celebrate anything at all. I have no memory of any celebration in 2007 for the 50th anniversary of the […]

The Politics of the ECB

19 December 2016 | by Rogier Van Vaerenbergh

The European Central Bank (ECB) is the central bank for the euro and administers the monetary policy of the eurozone, which consists of 19 EU member states and is one of the largest currency areas in the world. It is one of the world’s most important central banks and is one of the seven institutions […]

Brexit: a WTO issue first and foremost

24 October 2016 | by Daniel Guéguen

100 days on from the fateful UK referendum, the only thing agreed on is the huge complexity of Brexit. This justifies the wait-and-see approach of the UK government which, by cataloguing the many problems that need to be resolved, is carrying out a kind of giant impact assessment. But one aspect of negotiations seems to […]