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New European blog from LSE fosters debate on the continent's biggest issues

A new blog to analyse the vital issues in European politics and society is launched today by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). 

European Politics and Policy – with the brand name EUROPP – aims to enlarge and improve the public debate around government and policy-making in the EU and its near-neighbours with daily discussion and insight from LSE and outside experts. 

Contributions will come not only from academics and research at LSE but also from other European universities, think tanks and from the policy world. 

Europe - land and peoplePosts in the first week will include articles from Tony Atkinson. Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford,  on the importance of 'Not losing sight of Social Europe', and from Karen Smith, Professor in International Relations at LSE, on assessing Europe's global power. The blog also has interviews with Alexander Alvaro, vice-president of the European Parliament and Viviane Reding, vice-president of the European Commission.  

The blog, at http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/, will also feature reviews of books tackling European politics and policy. 

Sara Hagemann from LSE's European Institute is the blog's academic editor. She explained: "From the future of economic union and migration to changes in human rights and shifts in global political power, Europe is at the centre of a multitude of pressing questions. Our aim is to address them rigorously but accessibly in EUROPP." 

The blog's general editor is Professor Patrick Dunleavy from LSE's Department of Government, who said: "We think our new blog will help build public understanding of European issues, and cross-national understanding of policy debates. EUROPP will combine the high quality analysis for which LSE is renowned, with the full range of social science disciplines, and many diverse voices and opinions from across European academia and public policy communities". 

EUROPP is supported with funding from the Higher Education Innovation Fund of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce). 

It builds on the success of the British Politics and Policy at LSE blog which started out in 2010, grew to receive 460,000 page views in 2011, and is now ranked by eBuzzing as the 2nd most popular economics blog and the 14th most popular politics blog in the UK. 

For more details on the blog and on how to get involved contact Chris Gilson on +44 (0)207 955 6909 or at EUROPPBlog@lse.ac.uk

29 February 2012