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Month: May 2017

After 10 years of economic crisis and austerity, the first signs of a European spring?

It is ten years since the financial crisis of 2007-8. Ten years lost and wasted. Ten dark years that have been like an ice age in which the hopes and aspirations of working people were frozen. A banking crisis led to government debt crisis. Economic crisis led to political crisis. The austerity medicine mistakenly chosen …

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How the financial industry mobilised against the European Financial Transaction Tax

Despite broad post-crisis support in Europe for a financial transaction tax, the financial industry successfully lobbied to water down proposals and delay its implementation. 2017 should be the year when the much-delayed and watered down European Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) is finally implemented – but this is looking increasingly unlikely. After the 2008 financial crisis …

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What future is there for the Republican Party and the Socialist Party?

The presidential election was the ultimate reward for Emmanuel Macron – the President of the Republic. He campaigned for this opportunity, an opportunity to preside over a reshaping of the political landscape. From this day forward, the political spectrum and the debate which surrounds it will be focused on one question; can the Socialist Party …

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Brexit negotiations have begun – representing the views and interests of Millenials

First, a declaration of interest. I am one of the 3 million European citizens who live in the United Kingdom. Like many, I campaigned for Remain and was devastated when, in the late evening of June 23, it became clear that the Leave campaign had won.   And yet here we are. The past cannot …

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The difficulties encountered when politics is over-simplified

It is understandable how academic commentary has been stimulated over recent months but in the aftermath of the Forward! (En Marche!) political victory it is important to remember the fundamental points. The use ‘populism’ as a catch-all phrase to characterise the positions of both Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and, to a lesser extent Emmanuel …

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