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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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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 Dominik Kirchdorfer, Head of Expansion Rumours have quickly turned to facts, as the ALDE group in the European Parliament has entered into negotiations with Italy’s Five Star Movement on the prospects of an alliance. This comes as a surprise to many, as ALDE has only last month rebranded itself with a new logo, using… » 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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Nearing the end of 2016 one fact has become abundantly clear: we cannot escape populism any longer. A doggedly fought Brexit campaign, the discourse on the refugee crisis, a surge of aggression across the continent, and the brutality of the US presidential election: At the beginning of the year these events appeared to be outliers,… » read more

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Written by Barbara Aubin (Head of Content) On the 30th of September, the 1989 Generation Initiative held a roundtable at the LSE, drawing together a mix of students and EU professionals to discuss the State of the Union delivered by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and the recent Bratislava Declaration. Participants were asked… » read more

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On April 27th, the 1989 Generation Initiative, or ‘89ers’ presented visions and proposals on the future of the European Union at the European Parliament, to an audience of MEPs, think tank professionals and young Europeans. The core message: The EU should always aim to improve its citizens’ lives. Their aspirations and livelihoods should be placed… » read more

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For almost two years the British media has been dominated by three topics: terrorism, refugees/immigration (often thrown into the same pot) and the EU referendum, or Brexit, as it has been coined. PM Cameron has successfully negotiated a deal with the EU on the special status of the UK within the EU, reinforcing the argumentative… » read more

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