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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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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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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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By Niall Lane This isn’t a pro-NATO/pro-EU army head-to-head; it’s a three-way fight between Atlanticists, Continentalists, and those that don’t want to be fighting in the first place.   The sun appears to be setting on the UK-EU partnership (although when the light will finally be extinguished is anybody’s guess), and the union is trying… » read more

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