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Brexit: a fiasco and an opportunity

By Pierre Defraigne / 26 January, 2017

A hard Brexit will ultimately damage both the UK and the EU. But for the British people the mess surrounding Brexit shall be immeasurable, whilst the EU can use the opportunity to make Brexit into a rebound platform launching political unity and ensuring their own survival. In short, the Brexit...

The internet and the second era of democracy

By Don Tapscott / 12 January, 2017

The rise of populist movements, most recently of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the US, the decline in youth voting in OECD countries, the widespread voter cynicism about scandals from Italy to the UK, all reflect a growing crisis of legitimacy of our democratic institutions. Not since the dawn of...

FEPS Post-Summit Briefing: European Council, 15 December 2016

By admin / 21 December, 2016

A summary written by Catalin Dragomirescu-Gaina, Hedwig Giusto Lisa Kastner and Vassilis Ntousas. EU leaders met in Brussels last Thursday (December 15) for a year-end summit to discuss the crisis in Syria, economic sanctions on Russia, a trade deal with Ukraine and greater military cooperation. Economic and financial reforms, including the...

Girls in migration, why is Europe silent?

By Anna Zobnina / 21 December, 2016

On 1 December the United Nations Population Fund released its 2016 State of the World Population report. The report’s focus is on the well-being of 10-year-old girls as an indicator of development success or failure. The choice of this indicator is not accidental: The Girl Child was one of the...

The freedom of the media and the suspension of the Hungary’s largest independent newspaper

By Katalin Halmai / 14 December, 2016

On October 8th, Népszabadság, the most popular national daily broadsheet of Hungary, ceased to exist. What happened? Was it a cold-blooded murder executed by the owner-publisher under political pressure? Or was it a cool-headed business decision? On October 8th the parent company of Népszabadság, called Mediaworks, announced the suspension of...

Austrian progressives can breathe a brief sigh of relief, but the real fight has only just begun

By Sebastian Schublach / 14 December, 2016

The far right winning 46.2 per cent of the vote in Austria’s presidential election can hardly be seen as cause for celebration. The final results are in: Alexander Van der Bellen will be the next president of Austria with 53.8 per cent of the vote. Compared to the first runoff...

Overviewing Mosul

By Selim Karaosmanoglu / 8 December, 2016

The legal, political and military elements of the developments that are taking place in Iraq, in general, and in Mosul, in particular, are threatening stability in our immediate surroundings, including the prospects of bringing to the table the issue of redrawal of national borders in the region.  Turkey must be...

A modern left

By Ramón Jáuregui Atondo / 1 December, 2016

The left can be many things. But if it does not adapt to the requirements of the twenty-first century, to globalisation, to the technological revolution and the new information society, it will not get back to power. Looking at France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, 2017 could be a disaster....

The Italian Left on the eve of the constitutional referendum

By Fortunato Musella / 29 November, 2016

The Italian way is not so different to other political trends that we have seen across Europe. Strongly personalised electoral campaigns have brought to power leaders that have developed a direct relationship with citizens. Such “personal leaders” [1] gain growing autonomy from their parties, and very often stay in power...

FEPS post summit briefing: European Council, 20-21 October 2016

By admin / 27 October, 2016

  European leaders met in Brussels last week (20-21 October) to discuss the many challenges the European Union (EU) is facing today. The question of the continuing flows of migrants across the Mediterranean, the opposition from the Wallonia region of Belgium towards the EU-Canada free trade agreement and the ongoing...

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