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Dr. Michael Leigh
The European Union spends some 2 billion euro each year on its more than 40 quasi-autonomous nongovernmental organizations, or “quangos.” They are spread out across the continent and have overlapping responsibilities.
Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth
The success of separatist parties in September’s regional elections in Catalonia sent jitters throughout Europe, as many wondered whether other independent-minded regions around the continent would follow its lead. However, Brussels’ response – essentially remaining silent – deprived the separatist movement of a casus belli, allowing it to degenerate into infightin...
Professor Enrico Colombatto
Tunisia was the scene of the first uprising in the Arab Spring, but three years on it still has an interim parliament, high unemployment – especially among young people – and foreign investment is drying up. International donors have been encouraged by the new constitution to offer loans and aid, but regulatory burdens, corruption and cronyism are still pervasive a...
Dr. Emmanuel Martin
Vladimir Putin’s annual television appearance was a well-choreographed show which provided an overview of the Kremlin’s thinking on the situation in Ukraine. But despite the rhetoric, even those who sympathise with Ukraine must recognise that the Russians can put forward arguments that are troubling for the Kiev government, and which will play an important role as ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
The European Parliamentary elections in May are likely to see a record number of eurosceptic or populist parties elected from both the political right and left. This could force a grand coalition of the major centre-right and centre-left groups in the parliament. But what impact will this have on national policies and the EU Council?
Elections for the European Parliament in May 2014 are likely to see a record number of eurosceptic or populist parties from both ends of the political spectrum. This will mean no clear majority for a centre-right / liberal or a centre-left / Green coalition so what impact will this have on the parliament’s work?