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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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Poland’s PiS government has recently taken control of a museum in Gdańsk in an attempt to redefine its focus and the history it tells. Why this can be seen as nothing more than yet another populist move by the PiS government, and a further disconcerting sign of Europe’s rising nationalism. By Emilie Naulot, external 89er… » 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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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 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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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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