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The Brexit (and more) election

By Richard Corbett / 15 November, 2019

The UK is plunged into a December election for the first time since 1923, and the dominant issue is, of course, Brexit. Not that an election can ever be fought on one issue – and there is no shortage of other matters that feature in the campaign, from the state...

The Rise of China and Global Governance

By Maria João Rodrigues / 8 November, 2019

The rise of China started by transforming this big country itself. Now it might transform the world. How should Europe deal with this in a progressive perspective? Defending our values and our social and political model but also pushing China to engage with multilateralism solutions for today’s global challenges. All...

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Our great tech expectations

By László Andor / 31 October, 2019

There seems to be a new consensus on the effects of new technology (digitalisation, automation, robotisation etc.) on labour. Most of us have stopped worrying about the quantity of jobs but found ourselves increasingly anxious regarding the quality of employment. Besides, new technology is not only seen as a threat...

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Visegrád Plus: is there a chance to go beyond the Eastern discomfort?

By Ania Skrzypek / 25 October, 2019

Towards the end of the previous legislative period, the so-called V4 (Visegrád Group) countries came to a peak point of resentment in their relations with the European Union. To be clear, they would not always act together or conspire to arrive at Brussels summits with a consolidated agenda. But nonetheless...

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Death of the Old, birth of the New

By László Andor / 17 October, 2019

Establishing a new European Commission is always a bumpy ride. Collecting enough votes in the European Parliament, receiving the right nominations and allocating the commissioner designates to their future portfolios in a convincing way is a multidimensional chess game that brings daily excitement to the Brussels bubble. The new Commission...

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Strong socialist victory in Portugal

By Maria João Rodrigues / 8 October, 2019

The Portuguese Socialists (PS), led by Antonio Costa, have achieved an outstanding victory giving them 106 of the Parliament’s 230 seats. This is a recognition of their remarkable work over the last four years in turning the page of austerity, against the tide of the European conservative and neo-liberal status...

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Climate and Clash in the UN General Assembly

By Maria João Rodrigues / 4 October, 2019

A clash of visions took place in the last General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. Not a clash between patriots and globalists, as Trump declared during his 35-minute speech in front of a tense and silent audience of world leaders. But a clash between nationalists and those...

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