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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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Written by Adela Alexandra Iacoboc, Content Officer (Politics & Institutions) Last Saturday, on the 25th of March, Europe was celebrating 60 years since the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the EU’s founding treaty officially establishing the European Economic Community. The Treaty of Rome enshrined into law the foundation of the European project, which brought… » 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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  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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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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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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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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