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This article is part of a series of papers based on the preliminary results of the 1989 Generation Initiative’s policy cycle “Tackling Populism: Hope over Fear”. The following article is based on the results of the Roundtable “Labour Mobility” at its launching conference. Written by Martin Garigue, Content Officer. Workers (of Europe) Unite! With labour… » read more

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Written by Adela Alexandra Iacoboc, Content Officer (Politics & Institutions) Last Saturday, on the 25th of March, Europe was celebrating 60 years since the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the EU’s founding treaty officially establishing the European Economic Community. The Treaty of Rome enshrined into law the foundation of the European project, which brought… » read more

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This article is part of a series of papers based on the preliminary results of the 1989 Generation Initiative’s policy cycle “Tackling Populism: Hope over Fear”. The following article is based on the results of the Roundtable ‘Representing Citizens’ at the cycle’s Launch Conference. By Martin Garrigue, External Content Officer. No Taxation but Representation: EU… » 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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The subtle difference between Democracy and Ochlocracy: Italian Populism, Media and the European Response Written by Luca Lo Scavo What is populism and does it affect the EU? Sloterdijk’s seminal article offers a very compelling analysis and a debatable conclusion. The German philosopher defines populism as an ‘aggressive form of simplification [that] withdraws from reality’,… » 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 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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Written by Lina-Katerina Bikou, Content Officer. From 2005 up until recently, the role of promoting and coordinating EU’s border management was up to Frontex. After the mass refugee influx and the terrorist attack in Paris in late 2015, the European Commission proposed in December the launching of a new agency, the European Border and Coast… » read more

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By Salvatore Berger   The 2016 presidential campaign has polarized the United-States like never before. Between the two candidates, the trade-off is clear: political establishment or populism, status-quo or schism, openness or isolationism, another Clinton or another actor. This choice, left in the hands of the American people, will transcend the borders of the U.S.… » read more

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By Dominik Kirchdorfer A few days ago the political narrative was still dominated by the nation state. But now things have changed. Suddenly regions count in the European discourse. But not because people actually care about regions and their autonomy. The only reason why the idea of a Europe of Regions is even circulating publicly… » read more

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