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Transforming Politics in Spain: Local, Regional and State-wide Perspectives

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This one-day workshop, sponsored by UACES, Liverpool University’s Europe and the World Centre, and Aberystwyth University’s Department of International Politics, brought together scholars and practitioners from the UK and Spain to examine the transformation of politics in Spain in recent years. This has seen many established political parties lose electoral support and government office, and […]

Brexit: Europe’s Awkward Questions about its Awkward Partner

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A UK in-out referendum will soon be upon us. How the rest of the EU responds will be crucial to shaping the outcome in the UK and shaping the future of Europe.

Power shift? The EU’s pivot to Asia

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Over the last two decades, the world has witnessed the economic resurgence of Asia and the region is now a top priority in all global players’ agenda. In 2011, the US made official their strategic pivot to the Asia-Pacific, and decided to strengthen their trade relationships and their diplomatic presence with a heightened security presence. […]

Europe made me do it – Labour market reforms in Europe

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In these times of crisis for EU Member States, labour market reforms in a handful of countries have come to be seen as the final turning point for the so-called ‘Euro-crisis’. This is because labour market reforms are those ‘structural reforms’ that have been regarded as necessary ingredients in the recipe to put Southern Member States’ economies on firmer grounds.

Should China bail out Europe?

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Many economists, pundits and policymakers in Europe think that China is in an ideal position to rescue the Eurozone from its debt problems. The main argument goes more or less like this: China has $3.2 trillion foreign reserves, of which two thirds are in US dollars and only one quarter is in euros. It would […]

EU-Israel relations: Everything is economic

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The EU should focus more on its relations with the private sector in Israel, and forget to a certain extent the politics, in order to strengthen its position as an influential external actor – argues  Shelly Gottfried.* The EU’s economic strength and active involvement in national and regional processes is a well-known fact; however, it […]

Interview: Ben Rosamond and the importance of IPE in European Studies

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Ben Rosamond (Copenhaguen University) and Miguel Otero-Iglesias (Oxford Brookes University) discuss the current and future importance of non-mainstream IPE approaches in understanding the European Union and its role in the new world order after the Global Financial Crisis.

The paradox of competition policy in the US and EU: Is efficiency enough for economic freedom?

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A short analysis of US and European antitrust policy in the aftermath of the crisis. The genesis of the current crisis may be explained through the argument of a paradoxical lack of competition in the international market. This trend has been generated by a more general set of laissez faire policies, which have been applied […]

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