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The Dutch parliamentary elections on 15th March are perceived as a major milestone of the European election year. There are 150 seats being voted on and as a first in recent history, the Dutch have more parties to choose from than ever before (28 parties). Minister-President Mark Rutte’s liberal-centre right Party for Freedom and Democracy… » read more

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  What is democracy and how far do we go to defend it in the face of populists and demagogues who would defile democracy for their own selfish ends? These questions are answered in the following essay. By Dominik Kirchdorfer   Democracy is quite a simple concept. Yet the majority of citizens today do not… » read more

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In this article, we take a look at a theoretical approach to populism and what it means for politics and society; what does populism mean and is it that bad a thing? If it is, then what do we have to do to tackle it? By Hannah Soraya, Content Officer (Identity Roundtable) A spectre is… » read more

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  There have been several populist and technical arguments in favour of exiting the euro, put forward over the past few years as the Eurocrisis has dragged on. But what are the real, political and economic costs involved? What’s the price of leaving the eurozone? by François Bares The French Front National (FN) and its… » read more

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Michael Cottakis, President of the 1989 Generation Initiative, recently interviewed Philippe Legrain, British political economist, author, visiting senior fellow at the LSE European Institute and former adviser to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. In this disccussion, Michael and Philippe discuss Brexit, populism, upcoming elections in Europe and the potential way forward for the Union… » read more

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By Michael Cottakis, President of the 1989 Generation Initiative Years of widening inequality, economic hardship and stagnant social mobility have contributed to a populist backlash of destructive ferocity. As the liberal order watches inanely on – gawping with consternation and impotence – the question is: should we really be surprised? History has taught us that… » read more

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Written by Adele Marsullo, Content Officer. As a resounding 122 countries adopted in the UN General Assembly a Canada-led resolution to stop the violence and to support an inclusive Syrian-led political process facilitated by the UN, Aleppo was falling under the bombs of Russian and Syrian jets bringing the city under the control of President… » read more

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Written by Barbara Aubin (Head of Content) On the 5th of December, the 1989 Generation Initiative held a roundtable at the London School of Economics, drawing together a mix of Masters students to discuss the outcome of the Italian Constitutional Referendum, considering in particular the likely implications for the the Italian banking system and the… » read more

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As the Italian electorate goes to vote on Sunday in a controversial constitutional referendum, 89er Alessandro Granato discusses the context and implications of Prime Minister Renzi’s proposals and what this referendum means for wider European politics. On 4th December of this year Italians will be voting on a referendum for a number of Constitutional amendments… » read more

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