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German Elections took place almost a month ago as Angela Merkel (CDU), aiming for her fourth term as German Chancellor, was challenged by former European Parliament President Martin Schulz (SPD). Results resulted in some surprise, an unprecedented option for government coalition, and internal struggles and disagreements in almost all parties. The first rounds of coalition… » read more

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In times of Brexit, a look at why Macron succeeded in imposing his brand of political centrism, where the Liberal Democrats failed. Emmanuel Macron was elected in 2017 and no-one was surprised. Unlike the labyrinth that was 2016, France turned away from hysterical populism and shock horror election results. Tactically or otherwise (twenty six million… » read more

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Dutch parties finally form a government – What do 89ers think about it? On March 15, 208 days ago, the Dutch went to the polls – an election perceived as a major milestone of the European election year. The last week finally brought a coalition agreement. Back then three 89ers shared their political experience, thoughts… » read more

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The EU as a ‘normative power’ is delusional, writes Emilie Naulot. Using the example of the diplomatic recognition of Taiwan, this article argues that when economic and security interests are at stake, ideological pretensions tend to be left aside. Indeed, Taiwan ticks all the boxes to be considered as a sovereign nation-state and exhibits good… » read more

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Elettra Di Massa, EU Politics postgraduate student at LSE discusses the consequences of increased EU-Libya cooperation on migration management, and why this approach is not feasible, both on grounds of human rights and effective migration management. Since the EU hammered out a deal with Turkey in March 2016, EU officials and national governments have been… » 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 “Labour Mobility” at its launching conference. Written by Martin Garrigue, Content Officer. Workers (of Europe) Unite! With labour… » 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 “Asylum and the EU” at its launching conference. Written by Martin Garrigue, External Content Officer. Tear down those… » 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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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 ‘Communicating Europe’ at the cycle’s Launch Conference. By Miguel Alegre, 89er & delegate to the Tackling Populism Launch… » read more

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Many are sad and deeply affected by Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, but perhaps none more than Ireland. Ireland’s place in the world has been closely tied with common membership of the Union alongside Britain; with Ireland in no mood to leave the EU any time soon, it will have to chart a… » read more

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