Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Combatting Populism in Europe: Could the UK Be the Exception that Proves the Rule

We are kidding ourselves if we think that Europe’s ‘mainstream’ political parties can get together to tackle their populist and extremist challengers.  The reason is simple: the implications of populist radical right success are not the same for the centre-right as they are for the centre-left.  Interestingly, one of the exceptions to this rule could be the UK, although whether or not the Conservative and Labour Parties realise this – especially given the quality of the immigration debate in the country’s print media – is a moot point.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Becoming True European Citizens: The Only Way out of the Crisis (and beyond)?

Citizens of the European Member States seem to be resorting back to Euroscepticism and show clear signs of cold feet regarding the single market / single currency project (reality?). According to the December 2012 Eurobarometer, 40% of the population of the EU Member States is against the European economic and monetary union with a single currency (with an additional 7% showing scepticism or, simply, lack of knowledge about the project).

Source: Standard Eurobarometer 78, December 2012, p. 16.