1989 Generation Initiative

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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Written by Etienne Bergès, co-founder of Kiron France and Development coordinator at CARAS. “We’ll soon have 2 billion Africans, and we better prepare for that”, Werner Hoyer, president of the EIB, told POLITICO in Davos this January. The EU’s ‘preparation’ was announced in Juncker’s 2016 State of the Union address: an External Investment Plan (EIP),… » 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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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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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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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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Written by Anouk Canet Luxleaks and the Panama Papers have made awareness about tax evasion issues mainstream. But as painful for the global economy as it may sound, tax evasion still overshadows the broader issue of tax competition – the relative lowering of tax base and tax rate to attract investments – and the subsequent… » read more

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