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The euro: no legitimacy without solidarity?

Professor Waltraud Shelkle joined a panel organised by CEPS on Friday 25 September, discussing 'The euro: no legitimacy without solidarity?'

You can watch the recording of the event here.

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The European Investment Bank: we will miss it when it is gone

Professor Iain Begg and Sir Brian Unwin have written an article for The Federal Trust on the European Investment Bank.

They argue:

"The magnitude of the challenge facing the UK economy has to be recognised, yet the government has remained remarkably silent about a further serious blow to the economy arising from Brexit – the loss of access to investment finance from the European Investment Bank (EIB)."

Read here.

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This time it may be (and should) be different

Lorenzo Codogno and Giancarlo Corsetti have written an op-ed for Italian newspaper Il Foglio, which explores recipes for economic recovery and critiques the logic that public spending can trigger growth.

The authors, however, acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a peculiar situation, different from the past.

Speaking of Italy, they argue public investments should increase capital stock, projects must raise prouctivity and give results in the short-term, but also that public investments must be combined with bold reforms.

Read in English here.


Workshop on Political Economy of Turkey

On September 10-11, the European Institute and the Systemic Risk Centre jointly organised a workshop on Political Economy of Turkey, which provided a platform for researchers and policymakers to discuss new research and to identify areas where further academic and policy-oriented work is needed.

You can access the presentations from the two-day workshop here.


Is it all quiet on the inflation front, still?

Writing for LSE COVID-19 blog, Dr Corrado Macchiarelli has co-authored an article on the effect of lockdowns on inflation.

The authors study the indicators so far – but warn that we should be cautious about relying too much on expectations, particularly in a period of great uncertainty.

Read here.


What do stakeholders think about EU trade and non-trade policy objectives?

Dr Robert Basedow has co-authored a paper, published in the Journal of Common Market Studies, on stakeholder perceptions of EU trade and non-trade policy, such as labour or environment protection.

Find out more here.


A study on industrial strategies and path dependencies in Europe

Dr Steve Coulter has co-authored a paper, published in the Journal of Economic Policy Reform, examining industrial policy responses to the 2008 crisis in four European countries.

Through gauging the long-term significance of these policy responses, the paper contributes to the understanding of the determinants of policy-making in times of crisis.

Find out more.


A Brexit deal could be done in 10 minutes

Professor Iain Begg was interviewed for a Future is Blue video talk, which is a project of Funcas Europe.

Professor Begg discusses Brexit, covering topics such as the chances of having a deal on a new trade relationship between the UK and EU, and the implications if the UK government does not comply with some parts of the withdrawal agreement.

Watch here.


Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals: the role of the EU

Gijs de Vries has undertaken a study on the role of the European Union in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on the cultural goals and targets of Agenda 2030.

At the European Union’s Senior Officials Meeting on Culture this month, the German Foreign Ministry included a discussion of the paper on the agenda, where Mr de Vries presented the main findings and recommendations.

Find out more.


The economic effects of political disintegration

Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis has co-authored an article with Ivan Zilic, in which they explore whether there is an economic premium from state independence.

Through analysing the unique historical case of the 2006 peaceful separation of Serbia and Montenegro, the authors find an asymmetry between the seceding country, Montenegro, and Serbia. They suggest that this asymmetry of effects may be linked to divergences in economic sentiment between the seceding entity and the one ‘left behind’.

Read here.


Rewiring capitalism after COVID-19

In a policy paper for the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Dr Steve Coulter explores how capitalism must be rewired after COVID-19.

Acknowledging some of the shortcomings of the British corporate-governance environment, Mr Coulter advocates a model of “stewardship capitalism” that takes a longer-term view and works more in the interests of shareholders, employees and wider society.

Read here.

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Of strongmen and human factors

In an article entitled ‘Of strongmen and human factors’, Martin Westlake reviews two books The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan and Thatcher, and the end of the Cold War by Archie Brown and The Strongmen: European encounters with sovereign power by Hans Kribbe.

He opens “Though different in style and methodology, these books consider the same basic phenomenon: strongmen, and one strong woman, what they choose/chose to do with their power, and how they wield/wielded it.”

Read here.

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Post-pandemic debt sustainability in the EU/euro area

Lorenzo Codogno has co-authored a VOXEU CEPR article exploring the post-pandemic impacts of the EU Recovery Plan, announced in July 2020.

The authors suggest that the implementation of the Plan could give a substantial boost to the economy and fiscal revenues under very conservative assumptions on multipliers.

Read here.


China’s efforts to end poverty

Professor Iain Begg featured in a China Global Television Network (CGTN) special on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as part of a  forum on ‘China and the UN -- Partners against poverty’.

Watch here.

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The European Union’s venture in Cultural Diplomacy

“The EU’s international reputation is closely related to Europe’s cultural heritage” argues Gijs de Vries in an article published in The European Union’s New Foreign Policy.

Mr de Vries explores the European Union’s growing involvement in international cultural relations, and how the European Council has called on the EU to include culture in EU foreign policy.

Read here.

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The potential emergence of Covid-corporatism

Does the ‘entente’ between trade union leaders and business chiefs signal a new era of ‘Covid-corporatism’?

Dr Steve Coulter explores this topic in his article ‘All in it Together? The Unlikely Rebirth of Covid Corporatism’.

He argues that crises like COVID-19 can provide opportunities for temporary social pacts. But cracks are already appearing over how and when the state should begin its withdrawal from the economy.

Read here.


Crisis, adjustment and resilience in the Greek labour market

Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis and Dr Angelo Martelli have published an article entitled ‘Crisis, adjustment and resilience in the Greek labour market: an unemployment decomposition approach.’

Drawing on micro-data from the Greek Labour Force Survey, the authors measure the size of the shock exerted on the Greek regional and national labour markets and the compositional and price adjustments in response to this.

In part, their results suggest a significant metropolitan advantage with regard to economic resilience, coming predominantly from a more efficient functioning of the labour market in metropolitan areas vis-a-vis other regions.

Read here.

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The EU’s foreign policy

Martin Westlake, as editor of a new volume which brings together senior practitioners and academic specialists to consider how the EU’s new foreign policy, has published a chapter entitled “The European Union’s New Foreign Policy”.

Access here.

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European Institute academics publish new book on the ECB

Dr Corrado Macchiarelli, Mara Monti and Dr Sebastian Diessner have published a book entitled 'The European Central Bank between the Financial Crisis and Populisms'.

The book provides an in-depth analysis of the events which unfolded since the euro area sovereign debt crisis in 2010 up until today.

It focuses on the far-reaching implications of the last decade, shedding light on a wide spectrum of political, economic and financial aspects of the European poly-crises and how monetary policy reacted to these challenges.

Find out more here.

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Understanding the EU’s complex relationship with ‘isms’

Professor Jonathan White has publised an article on EUROPP blog, exploring the idea that European integration is increasingly being criticised for functioning as an ideological project - whether as an expression of neoliberalism, federalism, or other ‘isms’.

He argues "to politicise the EU is not just to critique it: by inserting the EU into a larger, more intelligible history, we can better understand its relation to wider political struggles."

Read here.

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EI PhD candidate wins Peter Sinclair Prize

Congratulations to Simon Ganem, PhD Candidate in European Political Economy, who has won the third prize in the 7th Annual MMF PhD Conference.

The annual Conference, which was held virtually on 11 August 2020, provides a platform for PhD students researching topics in monetary economics, macroeconomics and financial economics, broadly defined.

This year the new Peter Sinclair Prize was created in honour of the former MMF Vice President, who died earlier this year from COVID-19.

Simon Ganem received the third prize for his presentation on 'Risk, Knightian Uncertainty and Investment in Advanced Economies during the Great Recession'.

Find out more here.



18 September - Paul de Grauwe will participate in an event 'From Bretton Woods to 2008 and beyond: global monetary governance'. More details.

22 September - Paul de Grauwe will speak on a book panel entitled 'The Political Economy of Structural Reforms in the EU'. More details.



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August 2020

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Euro-ambivalence in far right ideology

The Journal for Ethnic and Racial Studies has published Dr Marta Lorimer's latest article on Euroscepticism and the far-right in Europe.

Through a qualitative analysis of the party literature of the Movimento Sociale Italiano and the Front National, the paper argues that far right positions on Europe are characterized by long-standing ambivalence rather than straightforward opposition.

Access here.

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Journal of European Public Policy special issue: Ideologies and the European Union

Professor Jonathan White has co-edited a special edition of the Journal of European Public Policy with Dr Carlo Invernizzi Accetti (City College of New York), on Ideologies and the European Union.

Professor White's opening piece looks at ideology, the state, and the international realm.

Find out more.

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Where next for the Liberal Democrats?

Dr Alan Wager has co-authored a report entitled 'Where next for the Liberal Democrats' for The UK in a Changing Europe.

It looks at the recent performance of the UK political party and theorises the challenges and opportunities it may now face.

Read here.


Muslim public intellectuals in the German and European far right

Professor Esra Özyürek and Julian Göpffarth have published an article in openDemocracy on Muslim public intellectuals in the German and European far right.

They argue "The wide space available for non-white, Muslim-background figures in the European far right is key in helping the movement grow into new demographics."

Find out more.


Cyprus, the 'Reluctant Republic'

Professor James Ker-Lindsay has been quoted in an International Business Times article on Cypriot independence, ahead the country marking 60 years since independence from Britain.

Professor Ker-Lindsay says: "Cyprus has only really had an embedded sense of self since 2004. Often called the reluctant republic ... Cyprus does not carry independence as a badge of honour", unlike other former colonies.

Read here.

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Who will best respond to the global pandemic?

In an interview for Bloomberg, Professor Iain Begg asserts: "The risks remain that new outbreaks will occur, particularly as we get into winter. But the range of policies - both the economic and containment policies in Europe - seems to me to be better-attuned to dealing with both the health crisis and the economic crisis than the U.S."

Read the full article here.

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Europe rescues itself

Writing for Project Syndicate, Philippe Legrain reflects on the EU's groundbreaking €750 billion recovery fund. Though he accepts it is major step forward, he argues:

"The recovery fund is a welcome step forward. But it does not resolve the eurozone’s fundamental problems, which include Italy’s unsustainable debt dynamics, Germany’s deflationary bias, and the lack of a fiscal rebalancing mechanism. The eurozone has dodged a bullet, but it is still an open target."

Read here.


How civil society can shape the response to the pandemic

In this piece for LSE COVID-19 blog, Dr Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz takes focus away from the EU's institutional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, instead looking at civil society.

He explains why we need to pay attention to how civil society can survive the pandemic and help shape the response to it.

Read here.

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To tackle Brexit, the government must avoid groupthink

Brexit is a radical policy innovation that increases uncertainty. Writing for LSE Brexit blog, Richard Bronk argues that the UK government should therefore improve its ability to navigate uncertain futures and avoid the perils of groupthink by remaining open to diverse sources of expertise.

Read here.

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Understanding academic purges in Turkey

Dr Seçkin Sertdemir Özdemir has published research on the mass punishment of academics in Turkey, seeking to understand the interconnected forms of punishment directed towards academic citizens as knowledge producers.

Dr Özdemir argues "the latest purges have brought an additional change in the status of academics’ citizenship, rendering them as disposable citizens forever at risk of being targeted as the ‘civic dead’".

Read here.


July 2020


The politics of spatial testimony

In this latest piece of research, Dr Eray Çaylı conducted an enthrographic study of memory activism around an arson attack in Turkey, 1993, which appeared on live TV cameras and in front of thousands of onlookers.

The article engages with the spatial turn in the analyses of, and activism against, political violence.

Read 'The Politics of Spatial Testimony: The Role of Space in Witnessing Martyrdom and Shame During and After a Widely Televised and Collectively Perpetrated Arson Attack in Turkey' here.

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A historic EU budget and recovery package deal?

The European Council finally reached agreement on the next multi-annual financial framework for the EU budget and on the Next Generation EU package of measures to support economic recovery from COVID-19.

Professor Iain Begg analyses the deals in an article for the UK in a Changing Europe.

Read here.

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Antisemitism in Germany

Professor Esra Özyürek has co-authored an article in the German weekly newspaper, Die Zeit, on the antisemitism debate in Germany.

Read 'Perfides Ablenkungsmanöver' here.

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Can ‘dodgy data’ explain the UK’s productivity problem?

Dr Bob Hancké responds to an article in The Economist claiming the UK's 'productivity problem' is down to the Office of National Statistics failing to measure productivity correctly in the telecommunications sector.

Dr Hancké argues this is an unlikely explanation for the UK lagging behind countries like France and Germany, as all national statistics offices rely on the same basic methodology.

Read here.


How proposed UK government reforms are similar to (failed) USSR transformations

Dr Abby Innes reflects on MP Michael Gove’s recent Ditchley Annual Lecture, which set out the government’s agenda for the radical reform of Whitehall as the country comes out of lockdown.

Focusing on the positioning of mathematics as "the magical craft" for reform, Dr Innes draws similarities to approaches taken by the USSR in the 1960s.

Read the article here.

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As Greece welcomes tourists, refugees remain under lockdown

The Independent has interviewed Katerina Glyniadaki for an article which explores the Greek government's differentiation between two categories of foreigners: tourists and migrants.

Katerina Glyniadaki says "Tourism is a double-edged sword for Greece at the moment. On the one had it represents the backbone of its economy and, of the other, a potential source of a second and more lethal wave of Covid infections".

Find out more.

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How governments can respond to the coronavirus-caused global economic downturn

In a policy note for Funcas, Professor Iain Begg explores the challenges governments and policymakers face in managing the economic turndown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Professor Begg explores "how an apparent backlash against internationalism is influencing the policy responses to Covid-19, the costs and benefits of different strategies and what all this presages for the post-Covid global economy."

Read '‘Bringing it all back home’: a short-term necessity or the start of a long-run change in economic relations?' here.


The Political Scar of Epidemics

Dr Cevat Giray Aksoy, Professor Barry Eichengreen and Dr Orkun Saka have analysed the political legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic on 'Generation Z', finding both that epidemic exposure in an individual’s “impressionable years” (ages 18 to 25) has a persistent negative effect on confidence in political institutions and leaders, and similar negative effects on confidence in public health system.

Read here.

See also the accompanying piece for LSE EUROPP blog here.

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What are the European Central Bank's plans for recovery?

Lorenzo Codogno was interviewed by Class CNBC on the European recovery plan and ECB decisions.

Watch the interview here. (Italian)

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Europe's role in the global COVID-19 response

Professor Iain Begg organised and contributed to a Global Table for Global Solutions on 'Europe's global role in response to the COVID-19 economic crisis'.

You can watch the panel discussion here.


The European Central Bank's pandemic response

Dr Sebastian Diessner was interviewed by French newspaper Le Figaro about the European Central Bank's pandemic plan. In the interview, Dr Diessner discusses what the limits to asset purchases on behalf of the European Central Bank are – economically, legally and politically speaking.

Read here. (French)

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Is the World's Reserve Currency in Trouble?

Lorenzo Codogno has contributed to The International Economy's feature A Symposium of Views, discussing the topic 'Is the World's Reserve Currency in Trouble?'.

Mr Codogno suggests "the most serious challenge for the dollar comes from the U.S. government itself, and its desire to somewhat dis-engage from a multilateral approach to international relations, and distance itself from global economic and trade governance."

Read here.

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The European Commission's COVID-19 recovery package

In an article for LSE EUROPP blog, Professor Iain Begg has explained what the intentions are for the European Commission's ambitious €750 billion COVID-19 recovery package, named 'Next Generation EU'.

However, he asserts that the "Frugal Four" (Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden) may pose a barrier to the process.

Read here.

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Will COVID-19 renew or diminish public trust in science?

Dr Cevat Giray Aksoy, Professor Barry Eichengreen and Dr Orkun Saka have written a working paper for EBRD exploring whether the COVID-19 pandemic may reverse the trend towards questioning the value of experts and scientific research.

Through analysing data on the influence of previous pandemics on individual trust in science and scientists, the authors show that such exposure has no impact, but instead it significantly reduces confidence in scientists and the benefits of their work.

Read the full paper here.

See also the accompanying piece for LSE EUROPP blog here.

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What price to pay for monetary financing of budget deficits in the euro area

Professor Paul De Grauwe and Dr Sebastian Diessner argue that while a monetisation of the deficits induced by the COVID-19 crisis would eventually increase the price level so that, after a post-pandemic return to economic normalcy, inflation would rise for a couple of years, this is a price worth paying to avoid future sovereign debt crises in the euro area.

Read here.

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How Muslim public intellectuals feature in in the German far right

Muslim, ex-Muslim as well as converted Muslim intellectuals are increasingly prominent figures in the West European far-right movement.

Professor Esra Özyürek and Julian Göpffarth analyse the publications and online presence of Muslim-background intellectuals popular in the German far right, finding that the concepts they use build on two seemingly contradictory tropes of German national identity—rationality and spirituality—and a civilizationism that oscillates between notions of rational liberalism and an illiberalism based on spiritualism.

Read their article here.

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EU recovery package: ‘we all know what needs to be done, so get on and do it’

Writing for The UK in a Changing Europe, Professor Iain Begg explores challenges faced by the EU in agreeing a recovery package at the recent meeting of the EU Council.

As well as acknowledging the presence of new alliances and 'gangs' amongst member states, Professor Begg argues two key questions remain for most: "First, ‘what’s in it for me?’. Second, ‘what cherished principles am I ready to drop in these extraordinary times?’."

Read here.


Stuart Brown wins 2019 Jacqui Briggs EPS Prize

Congratulations to Dr Stuart Brown, Managing Editor of the European Institute's EUROPP blog, who has won the 2019 Jacqui Briggs EPS Prize for his article 'Britain’s EU referendum: How did political science rise to the challenge? An assessment of online contributions during the campaign'.

The Jacqui Briggs EPS Prize is awarded annually for the best article appearing in the previous year’s volume of the ECPR's professional journal, European Political Science (EPS).

On receiving the prize, Dr Brown said "Receiving the Jacqui Briggs EPS Prize is a great honour. Although my article focused on the Brexit referendum, many of the issues political scientists encountered during the campaign are universal. As citizens increasingly look online to inform their political views, there is a growing need for the expertise that academia can provide and I’m convinced that political scientists across Europe can rise to this challenge."

You can read his winning article here.


Should the Brexit timeline be delayed because of COVID-19?

In his recent article for The UK in a Changing Europe, Professor Iain Begg explores whether, or whether not, there is any advantage to requesting an extension as the UK negotiates its relationship with the EU.

Read 'Biting the bullet(s): an iconoclastic view on requesting an extension' here.

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Macroeconomic imbalances in Europe: how to overcome the fallacy of unit labour costs 

Professor Stefan Collignon has co-authored an article with Dr Piero Esposito (University of Cassino and Southern Lazio) on the shortcomings of Unit labour costs (ULC) indices in policy, instead providing an alternative measure for relative wage costs called Wage Competitive index.

Read here.

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What led to the 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory?

Dr Joseph Downing and Dr Wasim Ahmed set out to investigate the 5G conspiracy theory on Twitter towards the beginning of April 2020, which claimed 5G as the cause of the coronavirus.

The study explores who was spreading the 5G  conspiracy theory surrounding COVID-19, the percentage of users who believed the theory and what steps were needed to combat it.

Dr Downing and Dr Ahmed have written about their study for The Conversation. Read it here.

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Research shows intellectualism and populism in the German far-right are closely connected

Julian Göpffarth's recent research works against the common presumption that populism and intellectualism in the far-right are separate rather than complementary phenomena.

Instead, it explores the role of Heideggerian philosophy in the interplay between German New Right (GNR) intellectualism and Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) populism.

Read here.

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Ethnographic data shows how nostalgia drives the activism of well-off local intellectual far-right groups in Germany

Following on from recent research that shows voters for German populist far-right AfD are often from wealthy areas, Julian Göpffarth uses ethnographic data in Dresden, Germany, to explore how far-right intellectual activism in East Germany is facilitated by the convergence of two distinct but related forms of nostalgia.

Read the paper here.


Sanja Vico comments on Serbia's political risk in the light of coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Sanja Vico has contributed to a Euromoney analysis, 'Country risk: Former Yugoslavia face higher risks – Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia exposed', focusing on Serbia's political risks and COVID-19 lockdowns.

Read the analysis here.

May 2020


Esin Düzel and Marlene Schäfers co-edit journal special edition

Dr Esin Düzel and Dr Marlene Schäfersincoming Research Fellow, have co-edited a special issue of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East by Duke University Press, called: Between Loyalty and Critique: Gender, Morality and Militancy.

Within this edition, Dr Düzel has published research entitled 'Beauty for Harmony: Moral Negotiations and Autonomous Acts in Diyarbakir, Turkey' and Dr Schäfers entitled 'Walking a Fine Line: Loyalty, Betrayal, and the Moral and Gendered Bargains of Resistance'.

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Esra Özyürek and Michal Kravel-Tovi write on religious practices and COVID-19 lockdowns

In an article for LSE Religion and Global Society blog, Professor Esra Özyürek has co-authored an article with Dr Michal Kravel-Tovi of Tel Aviv University, entitled 'Contagious Crowds: Religious Gatherings in the Age of Coronavirus'.

The research explores the tensions inherent in the collision of the secular and religious realms, as communities across the globe are placed under lockdowns.

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Iain Begg writes article on Franco-German recovery fund

Professor Iain Begg has written an article for UK in a Changing Europe on the Franco-German proposal for a €500 billion European recovery fund.

Read it here.


Sanja Vico publishes ethnographic research on Serbian Londoners

Dr Sanja Vico has published an article which looks at banal expressions of nationalism and cosmopolitanism among Serbian Londoners on social media.

Read 'Destigmatization Strategies of Serbian Londoners on Social Media' here.


Orkun Saka interviewed as European banks suspend Turkish lira transactions

Dr Orkun Saka was interviewed by Arab News on international investment in Turkey, as the value of the lira drops to record lows.

On new regulations, he says "If [they] become permanent and start scaring investors who have productive capacity and intentions in the country, this could translate into a huge loss in the long term".

Read the article here.


Nicholas Barr co-authors article on the need for post-COVID-19 planning to start now

Acknowledging the UK failure to plan both for a pandemic and growing elderly population, Professor Nicholas Barr and Professor Howard Glennerster stress three lessons for the UK government going forward.

They say "The virus has highlighted the imperative to repair these long-term cracks. The time to start planning is now."

Read here.

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Iain Begg explores the ambitious EU recovery package

In an article for UK in a Changing Europe, Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, explores the recently-announced EU recovery package, 'Next Generation EU'.

Professor Begg says 'What the Commission proposes is bold and, many would argue, necessary both internally and globally.'

Read 'Next Generation EU (NGE): the Commission’s Covid-19 recovery package' here.


A new form of identity politics on Serbian Londoners' social media

Dr Sanja Vico, Research Officer, has published research in the Journal of Global Diaspora & Media, which explores Serbian Londoners on social media.

Dr Vico explored the consequences of social surveillance and developed the concept of 'globalised difference' to term this new identity politics, that seeks to reassert national identities and present it as cosmopolitan and exotic difference.

Read here.

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Waltraud Schelkle writes on the German Constitutional Court's recent ruling on the ECB

Writing for LSE's EUROPP blog, Professor Waltraud Schelkle argues "there is a deep sense of irony in the ruling" of the German Constitutional Court, that the European Central Bank’s Public Asset Purchasing Programme could be incompatible with the German Constitution.

Read 'Who said that Germans have no sense of irony?' here.

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Marta Lorimer explores how far-right parties can benefit from European integration

Dr Marta Lorimer writes "Far right parties are strong critics of the European Union, however, they also benefit enormously from the process of European integration", including from funding, visibility and a higher degree of credibility and respectability.

Read Dr Lorimer's article for EUROPP blog here.

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Bob Hanké analyses suggestion that a future of stagflation is necessary

Dr Bob Hanké has responded to a recent op-ed by economist Stephen Roach which suggests a future of stagflation, stating this approach is "fundamentally wrong".

Read 'Why inflation is not lurking in the shadows' here.

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Iain Begg interviewed by French newspaper on the EU recovery plan

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, was interviewed for an article in French newspaper l'Opinion, entitled 'Le choix d’Angela Merkel est rationnel. Son projet est la sauvegarde de l’euro'.

Read here.

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Sebastian Diessner explores central bank accountability as a solution to German court-ECB rift

In a recent article on Germany's Constitutional Court ruling on the ECB, Dr Sebastian Diessner explores calls for greater central bank accountability.

He writes that "while there should be no illusions that such a measure could defuse the conflict entirely, an honest debate about central bank accountability in Europe is long overdue."

Read the full article here.


Orkun Saka interviewed on Turkish economic approach

Dr Orkun Saka has been interviewed by Deutsche Welle on the Turkish economy, in light of the lira hitting a record low.

Dr Saka warns "If the government continues to prioritize a stable currency and lower interest rates at the same time, it will come at the cost of seriously restricting the flow of capital."

Read the article here.


European Institute class teachers win awards for the 2019/20 academic year

We are hugely proud of three of our class teachers for receiving the 2019/20 LSE Class Teacher Awards. Congratulations to Dr Cristóbal Garibay-Petersen for winning, and to Dr Marta Lorimer and Dr Ivor Sokolić for coming highly commended!

The awards are given to Graduate Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows and Guest Teachers in recognition of their excellent contribution to teaching.

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Twenty members of the EI nominated for the LSESU Teaching Awards 2020

Congratulations to the twenty members of the European Institute who were nominated for the 2020 LSESU Teaching Awards!

The Awards are designed to allow students to recognise those members of staff who have made a difference to their time at LSE.

We're proud that our nominees came from across the Institute, including Academic and Teaching staff, Professional Services, Research staff and students! Visit here for a full list.

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Iain Begg quoted in German article on Brexit and COVID-19

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, was quoted in an article by German newspaper Bild, entitled 'So macht Corona den Brexit-Briten zu schaffen'.

Read the article here.

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New publications

Dr Marta Lorimer, Guest Teacher in Policy-Making in the European Union, has published a new research piece in the Journal of European Public Policy, using the study of Rassemblement National to explore the role of the far right’s ideological positioning on Europe as a source of public legitimacy. Read 'Europe as ideological resource: the case of the Rassemblement National'.

Dr Joseph Downing, Fellow in Nationalism, has co-authored a research piece on the global “infodemic” of false information and fake news that has spread since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, entitled 'Battling Fake News and (In)Security during COVID-19'.

Professor Jonathan White, Deputy Head of the EI and Professor in Politics, has published a new article in the Journal of European Public Policy, entitled 'Europeanizing Ideologies', which explores how ideology and European integration entwine.

Professor Paul de Grauwe, John Paulson Chair in European Political Economy, has co-authored an article with Dr Yuemei Ji (UCL) in European Economic Review, entitled 'Structural reforms, animal spirits, and monetary policies'. The authors analyse how two types of structural reforms affect the economy.

Professor Paul de Grauwe, John Paulson Chair in European Political Economy, has published a new edition of his book Economics of Monetary Union. The textbook discusses the costs and benefits of monetary unions, addressing current issues surrounding the Eurozone.

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, and Professor Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor in Contemporary Greek Studies have co-authored an article entitled 'Enhancing Europe’s Power: A Rejoinder'. The piece responds comments on an earlier article, answering questions such as the definition of Europe, the notion of power, and feasibility of enhancing European power.

Martin Westlake, Visiting Professor in Practice, published, 'Dynamiques interinstitutionelles post-2019 dans l'Union européenne' in Revue de l'Union Européenne, 637, April 2020, pp. 238-244.

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Katerina Glyniadaki writes on potential moral outcomes from the COVID-19 crisis

In an article for EUROPP blog, Katerina Glyniadaki, Teaching Fellow, discusses whether the moral challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic may ultimately foster a greater sense of compassion and solidarity in European politics. Read 'Moral dilemmas in times of crisis: Could Covid-19 lead to a more compassionate form of politics?'

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Iain Begg co-authors article on post-COVID economic recovery

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, and Professor Jun Qian, Fudan University, explore what kind of economic recovery we can expect once the COVID-19 crisis has passed. Read the article here.

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Esra Ozyurek writes on the role and work of an academic during the lockdown

In a piece for the LSE Higher Education blog, Professor Esra Ozyurek, Professor in European Anthropology, explores how to continue writing while living through a pandemic. Read 'Writing in times of crisis'.

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Waltraud Schelkle speaks on coronavirus and the EU

On 8 April, Professor Waltraud Schelkle, Professor in Political Economy, took part in a Roundtable on 'Coronavirus: could it weaken the EU?' by the Turkish TV broadcaster, TRT. Watch it here.

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Iain Begg writes on role of EU in mitigating economic damage from COVID-19

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, asks whether COVID-19 is an 'opportunity or nemesis' for the EU. Read the article for UK in a Changing Europe here.

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Philippe Legrain writes on the necessity for extraordinary measures in Europe in response to COVID-19

Philippe Legrain, Visiting Senior Fellow, has written an article for Project Syndicate, entitled 'A COVID-19 Marshall Plan for Europe'.

He asserts 'EU member states urgently need to unite behind a joint plan to avert economic disaster.'

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A call for EU leaders to do whatever it takes to forestall the COVID-19 crisis

Dr Sebastian Diessner, Visiting Fellow, Professor Erik Jones, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Dr Corrado Macchiarelli, Visiting Fellow in European Political Economy, have written an article for EUROPP blog, entitled 'Now it’s the turn of EU leaders to do ‘whatever it takes’ to save Europe – or it won’t be enough'.

The authors argue 'Everyone is waiting for the ‘whatever it takes’ moment that is going to ward off Europe’s impending fiscal and financial crisis'.

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Richard Bronk on the need for corporate resilience in the face of threats to supply and demand

Richard Bronk, Visiting Senior Fellow, has written an article for Rebuilding Macroeconomics, entitled 'Imagining a Resilient Future of Equity Finance', discussing the need to reform the tax regime in light of the current global crisis.

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Waltraud Shelkle gives masterclass on similarities between Euro-area crisis and Coronavirus pandemic

On 15 April, Professor Waltraud Schelkle, Professor in Political Economy, gave a virtual masterclass at the European University in Florence on the similarities between the Euro-area crisis and Coronavirus pandemic.

Professor Shelkle also gave an interview on her work on the political economy of solidarity, which can be watched here.

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Lorenzo Codogno interviewed for article on EU response to COVID-19

Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, was interviewed for the South Africa Today news article, 'COVID-19: EU Needs Medium Term Response to Aid Recovery Without Adding to Debt – Economists'.

Mr Codogno discussed the starting point of EU discussions to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, including a Recovery Fund. He said 'there is a commitment to bolster EU borrowing power to support the economic recovery'.

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Iain Begg writes policy note on averting a prolonged economic crisis from COVID-19

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, has written a policy note for Funcas, discussing the economic effects of COVID-19, the policy response, EU's actions, and reflections on what happens next. Read here.

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Jonathan White cautions against the EU sidelining democracy as it tackles coronavirus

In a piece for EUROPP blog, Professor Jonathan White, Deputy Head of the EI and Professor in Politics, explains that while crises are typically when the need for government action can seem strongest, 'it is exactly in such moments that new initiatives should be viewed with caution, since the means and the ends may be distorted.'

Read 'The crisis trap: Why the EU must not sideline democracy as it tackles coronavirus'.

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Paul de Grauwe writes that the ECB must finance Coronavirus budget deficits

Writing for CEPS, Professor Paul de Grauwe, John Paulson Chair in European Political Economy, lays out how the coronavirus pandemic has triggered a 'a combined negative supply and demand shock of unprecedented intensity'.

He writes that 'the ECB must accept that monetary financing in support of deficit spending is a necessity not just for mitigating the coronacrisis, but also for averting a downward deflationary cycle that could pull the Eurozone apart.'.

Read the full piece here.

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Iain Begg outlines the difficult economic choices COVID-19 poses for policymakers

In an article for Dahrendorf Forum, Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, discusses the difficult economic choices Covid-19 poses for policy makers and analyses the long-term effects the economic downturn is likely to have. Read here.

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Philippe Legrain argues in favour of 'corona bond' to show European solidarity

Philippe Legrain, Visiting Senior Fellow, has written an article for The Brussels Times, suggesting a 'corona bond' would demonstrate that European solidarity exists: 'Fine words about European solidarity are empty if Europeans don’t stand together in a medical emergency.'

Read the full piece here.

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Kevin Featherstone argues the Coronavirus will kill off Neoliberalism

Writing for Greece@LSE blog, Professor Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor in Contemporary Greek Studies, asserts the COVID-19 pandemic will cause the 'biggest paradigmatic shift in economic policy that Europe has witnessed since the 1980s' - the casualty of which in Europe will be neoliberalism. Read here.

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Iain Begg discusses who pays for the war on COVID-19

Amid calls for the Eurozone to establish a form of debt mutualisation, Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, writes 'it is not ideas or proposals that are lacking at the EU level, but rather an absence of political will to confront the many hard choices now facing Europe.' Read here.

April 2020

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New publications

Dr Spyros Economides, Associate Professor in International Relations and European Politics, published a new working paper with the Dahrendorf Forum, entitled 'From Fatigue to Resistance: EU Enlargement and the Western Balkans'.

Professor Paul De Grauwe, John Paulson Chair in European Political Economy, and Dr Pasquale Foresti,  Fellow in European Political Economy, have published a new article in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, entitled 'Animal Spirits and Fiscal Policy'.


Philippe Legrain writes on the impacts of Covid-19 on the EU and globalisation

Philippe Legrain, Visiting Senior Fellow, wrote a widely publicised column for Foreign Policy on how the coronavirus threatens globalisation and the EU. Read 'The Coronavirus is Killing Globalisation as We Know It'.

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Jonathan White writes article for the New Statesman on democracy and the EU's coronavirus response

Professor Jonathan White, Deputy Head of the EI and Professor in Politics, has written an article for the New Statesman, entitled 'The crisis trap: why the EU must not sideline democracy as it tackles coronavirus'.


Lorenzo Codogno co-authors article on Covid-19 and the euro area economy

Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, has written an article for VoxEU with Paul van den Noord, University of Amsterdam, calling for a powerful policy reponse from the EU as the Covid-19 outbreak hits the euro area economy. Read 'Covid-19: A euro area safe asset and fiscal capacity are needed now'.

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Paul de Grauwe writes for Project Syndicate on the EU's economic response to the coronavirus

Professor Paul de Grauwe, John Paulson Chair in European Political Economy, argues that to 'avert a self-perpetuating downward spiral, the European Central Bank, in particular, will need to start thinking outside the box' in reponse to the economic toll of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read 'The ECB Must Finance COVID-19 Deficits'.

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An amazing achievement for EI student elected to the Council of Europe's Advisory Council on Youth

Our Master's student Hande Taner has been elected to the Council of Europe's Advisory Council on Youth! This Advisory Council brings together members from National and European youth organisations to work on various portfolios of youth policy.

Hande is the only LSE student elected to the council, and is leading the Management Committee Ukraine, and co-leading portfolios on: Management Committee Russia, European Union-Council of Europe Youth Partnership, CoE Youth Sector Strategy Implementation.

Congratulations Hande, from all at the European Institute!

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LSE Brexit 2020 responds to the Covid-19 pandemic

Dr Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz, Professor Kevin Featherstone, Ros Tayor and Professor Tony Travers comment on the changing activity of LSE's Brexit 2020 blog, in the article 'How LSE Brexit 2020 will change during the Covid-19 pandemic'.

The authors acknowledge 'The LSE’s Brexit 2020 blog, in common with other aspects of life, will have to adapt to both the short and long-term impact of the coronavirus on government, politics, economics and much else.

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Iain Begg writes article on EU budget and impact of Brexit

In an article for EUROPP blog Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, says the 'the delicate process of negotiating the EU’s multi-annual financial framework (MFF) has been further complicated this time around by Brexit', as EU leaders failed to reach an agreement in February. Read 'Deals, deals, deals: who needs them?'

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Lorenzo Codogno writes article on the ESM Treaty (in Italian)

Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, has written an article, entitled 'Approvare il MES per un credito europeo' (Approve the ESM Treaty for a European credit line), for Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.


Researchers at the 89 Initiative examine the EU's asylum system

Nicoletta Enria, Research Officer in Migration at the 89 Initiative, and Sarah Gerwens, Head of Research at the 89 Initiative and EI PhD candidate, explore the crisis at the Greek-Turkish border - as Turkey recently announced it would no longer enforce its 2016 deal with the EU - and the EU's asylum system. Read 'Greek-Turkish border crisis: Refugees are paying the price for the EU’s failure to reform its asylum system'.


Diane Bolet writes on support for radical right in France

Dr Diane Bolet has written an article for EUROPP blog, entitled 'Economic competition between native workers and migrants has a clear link with support for the radical right among French voters'. Drawing on a new study, Dr Bolet explores the role of economic competition between native workers and immigrants in determining support for Le Pen’s National Rally.


Anthony Teasdale lectures at Columbia University

Anthony Teasdale, Visiting Professor in Practice, taught a course on ‘EU policy-making and new global challenges’ at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, in February. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at SIPA.


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Lorenzo Codogno interviewed on Covid-19's impact on Italian economy

In a recent episode of the BBC's Marketplace Morning Report, Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, was interviewed about the impact of COVID-19 on the Italian economy and public finances. Listen here.


March 2020

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Announcing new Ceresio Scholarship

The European Institute is excited to announce the new Ceresio Scholarship, which provides £20,000 per year of study for a student on the new LSE-Bocconi MSc Double Degree in European and International Public Policy and Politics.

The LSE-Bocconi Double Degree launches in September 2020, with the first year spent at Bocconi University in Milan. Students will focus on European politics and policy-making in an international context, with their studies spanning the fields of political science, law, economics, social policy and other social sciences.

A successful recipient of this Scholarship will demonstrate a combination of exceptional academic merit and financial need.


Denisa Kostovicova co-authors article on gender-based violence

Dr Denisa Kostovicova, EI Associate Professor in Global Politics, Dr Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic and Dr Marsha Henry have published a blog post based on their new article in the International Feminist Journal of Politics, entitled 'A closer look at the political economy of gender-based violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina'. Read here.

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Pieter Tuytens offered role of Assistant Professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam

Dr Pieter Tuytens, Fellow in the Political Economy of Europe, has been offered a position as Assistant Professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Congratulations from all at the European Institute!


Robert Basedow publishes article on the Achmea Judgment in the EU

Dr Robert Basedow, Assistant Professor in International Political Economy, has published a new article in The Journal of International Economic Law, entitled ‘The Achmea Judgment and the Applicability of the Energy Charter Treaty in Intra-EU Investment Arbitration’. Read here.

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Richard Bronk co-authors new article on populism and politics of uncertainty

Richard Bronk, Visiting Senior Fellow, has published a new LSE ‘Europe In Question’ discussion paper, co-authored with Professor Wade Jacoby (Department of Political Science at BYU), entitled The Epistemics of Populism and the Politics of Uncertainty. Read here.

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Philippe Legrain writes on UK immigration policy and end of EU free movement

Philippe Legrain, Visiting Senior Fellow, wrote a column for Foreign Policy on the consequences of the end of EU free movement and the UK’s new immigration policy, entitled Boris Johnson’s New Immigration Rules Will Harm Britain’s Economy. Read here.

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Julian Göpffarth writes on far-right ideas in Germany

Julian Göpffarth, PhD student, wrote an article for EUROPP blog entitled 'How the election of Thuringia’s regional governor shakes up German politics', arguing that the surprise vote shows far-right ideas in Germany not only resonate with the economically left-behind, but also with an educated bourgeoisie. Read here.

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Martin Westlake lectures on the UK's drift away from the EU

On 19 February, Martin Westlake, Visiting Professor in Practice, gave a lecture in Brussels to a visiting group of postgraduate King's College law students on the topic of 'The UK's Long Drift Away From the European Union'.


Vassilis Monastiriotis interviewed on unemployment in South Europe

Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis, Associate Professor in Political Economy and Director of LSEE: Research on South Eastern Europe, was interviewed for an article by New Europe, entitled Unemployment rates in Southern Europe remain high despite EU-wide positive trends. Read here.


Orkun Saka interviewed on financial policymaking

Dr Orkun Saka, Visiting Fellow, was interviewed for a The Financial Times articleentitled 'Erdogan’s mission to defend lira unsettles overseas investors'regarding his research on financial policymaking after crises. Read here.


Michael Cottakis writes on Brexit and populism in Europe

Michael Cottakis, Director of the 89 Initiative (a pan-European think tank based in the European Institute) wrote 'Brexit and the Liberal Elephant Trap' for EUROPP blog. He argues that pro-Europeans adopting popular populist tactics would be a mistake. To reverse the trend, pro-Europeans must quit dabbling in populism and instead play to their strengths by promoting dialogue and substantive policy reform. Read here.


February 2020


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New publications 

Professor Nicholas Barr, Professor in Public Economics, has published the sixth edition of his book The Economics of the Welfare State with Oxford University Press, available on February 5.

Dr Joseph Downing, Fellow in Nationalism, has published a chapter titled 'Confronting Orientalism, Colonialism and Determinism: De-Constructing Contemporary French Jihadism' in the book 'Exporting Global Jihad Volume One: Critical Perspectives from Africa and Europe', Bloomsbury Press.

Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, has published a chapter titled 'Euro and Economic Governance: National Priorities and Quest for Stability' in the book 'Europe in Identity Crisis: The Future of the EU in the Age of Nationalism', ISPI.

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Joseph Downing nominated for British Sociological Association award

Dr Joseph Downing, Fellow in Nationalism, has been nominated for the British Sociological Association's Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for best first solo authored monograph in the discipline of sociology, for his recently published book French Muslims in Perspective.


Julian Göpffarth publishes article on far-right intellectuals in Dresen

PhD candidate Julian Göpffarth has published a new article in the journal Social Movement Studies, examining how nostalgia drives the activism of well-off local intellectual far-right groups in Dresden. Read here.

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Richard Bronk co-authors discussion paper on latest book

Richard Bronk, Visiting Senior Fellow, has published a new discussion paper, co-authored with Professor Jens Beckert (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies), entitled 'Uncertain Futures: Imaginaries, Narratives, and Calculative Technologies'.

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Philippe Legrain authors new study on AI and the EU

Philippe Legrain, Visiting Senior Fellow, has co-authored a new study, 'Ever Cleverer Union: How AI could help EU institutions become more capable, competent, cost-effective and closer to citizens', published by his think-tank Open Political Economy Network.

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Iain Begg publishes article on the economy and Brexit

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, has written an article for volume 16 (issue 1) of The Economists' Voice, entitled 'No Longer “The Economy Stupid”: How Muddled Economics Contributed to a Chaotic Brexit'. Read here.


Orkun Saka writes on EU banks and sovereign debt

Dr Orkun Saka, Visiting Fellow, has written an article for EUROPP blog, arguing that there is 'a good reason for EU banks to hold their own country’s sovereign debt'. Read here.

This piece is based on a forthcoming academic paper at the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.


Attend workshop on Violence, Aesthetics, Anthropocenes

On 6 and 7 April, a workshop entitled 'Violence, Aesthetics, Anthropocenes: Colonialism, Racism, Extractivism' is being held at LSE, convened and chaired by Dr Eray Çaylı.

Find out more information and how to attend here.


Call for papers: the London Political Finance (POLFIN) Workshop

The first London Political Finance Workshop, co-organised by Dr Orkun Saka, will take place on June 5 2020 and is currently looking for submissions.

Find out how to get involved here.


Iain Begg interviewed in podcast on post-Brexit financial services

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, has been interviewed on the VoxEU Podcast episode 'Will there be a post-Brexit financial services deal'. Listen here.


Attend workshop on Behavioural Macroeconomics

Professor Paul De Grauwe, John Paulson Chair in European Political Economy, has organised a day-long workshop on Behavioural Macroeconomics, taking place in March. Those interested in attending are welcome; see the schedule here.

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Joseph Downing has paper accepted to Oxford University Press journal

Dr Joseph Downing, Fellow in Nationalism, is publishing an article entitled 'Memeing and Speaking Vernacular Security on Social Media: YouTube and Twitter Resistance to an ISIS Islamist Terror Threat to Marseille, France' in the forthcoming edition of the Journal of Global Security Studies, Oxford University Press.

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Lorenzo Codogno publishes article on Italian public debt (Italian only)

Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, has published an article in the volume of Rivista di Politica Economica dedicated to 'Public debt in Italy: why it is a problem and how to get out of it', entitled 'The sustainability of the Italian public debt, a safe asset and a fiscal capacity for the Eurozone'.

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Iain Begg on Britain and the EU budget post-Brexit

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, has written an article for LSE Brexit blog, 'It’s still the money, stupid: Britain continues to pay into the EU budget'. Read here (also published on The UK in a Changing Europe)

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Lorenzo Codogno and Mara Monti on Christine Lagarde

In an article for EUROPP blog, Lorenzo Codogno (Visiting Professor in Practice) and Mara Monti (Visiting Fellow) argue that 'Christine Lagarde’s challenges at the helm of the ECB remain daunting, despite smooth sailing during her first press conference and a notably different communication style.' Read here.

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Lorenzo Codogno interviewed by Italian newspaper (Italian only)

Italian newspaper Milano Finanza has interviewed Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, on the global outlook, trade wars, GDP growth in the Eurozone and Italy, and the risks in financial markets. Listen here.

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Iain Begg writes policy brief for Funcas Europe

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, has written a policy brief for Funcas Europe on the economic agenda of the new Commission. Read here.



December 2019

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New publications from EI academics

Professor Jonathan White, Deputy Head of the EI and Professor of Politics, has published a new book investigating the nature, rise, and implications of the politics of emergency, titled Politics of Last Resort: Governing by Emergency in the European Union.

Dr Martin Westlake, Visiting Professor in Practice, has published his latest book, titled 'Slipping Loose: The UK's Long Drift Away From the European Union.'

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Seckin Sertdemir Ozdemir and Esra Özyürek received ASMEA award

Dr. Seckin Sertdemir Ozdemir and Professor Esra Özyürek have received the Best Conference Paper Award in the Twelfth Annual International Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA)'s conference for their paper titled "Citizenship Deprivation, Securitisation, and the Neoliberal Academy: Academic Purges in Turkey, 1933-2019".

They donated the award prize to Education and Science Workers' Union (Egitim-Sen) in Turkey. 


Sanja Vico receives ECREA Best Paper award

Research Officer Dr Sanja Vico received the honourable mention Best Paper Senior Scholar Award for her paper ‘Identity Politics on Social Media: the Perspective of Serbian Londoners’ by European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).

Dr Vico presented this paper at the ECREA conference ‘Digital Fortress Europe: Exploring Boundaries between Diaspora, Media and Technology’ in Brussels on October 31 2019.

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Three EI academics have been awarded 2018-19 LSE Excellence in Education Awards

Congratulations to Dr Spyros Economides, Dr Abby Innes and Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece for winning the 2018-19 LSE Education in Excellence Awards! These awards are given, on the recommendations of Heads of Department, to staff who have demonstrated outstanding teaching contribution and educational leadership in their departments.


European Institute Master's student is youngest founder to win climate innovation award

Aletta Brady, student on the Msc International Migration and Public Policy programme, recently won the 2019 JMK Innovation Prize for her project Our Climate Voices.

Chosen out of over 1300 applicants in the J. M. Kaplan Fund's search for catalytic change initiatives, Aletta is the youngest winner of the prize.

Find out more here.

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Seckin Sertdemir Ozdemir has Fellowship renewed

Dr Seckin Sertdemir Ozdemir has had her Fellowship, funded by the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, renewed. Congratulations!   


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Iain Begg on the EU budget trilemma

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, has written an article for Visegrad Insight, on the consequences of the impossibility of reconciling the competing positions of EU member states for the next long-term EU budget.

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Jonathan White writes on personalised power in the EU for the New Statesman 

In an article for the New Statesman (re-published on the EUROPP blog), Professor Jonathan White, Deputy Head of the European Institute and Professor in Politics, argues 'the description of the EU as a faceless bureaucracy has long been used pejoratively, but it has its advantages.'

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Martin Westlake writes on the UK's long drift away from the EU

In an article for the LSE Brexit blog, Dr Martin Westlake, Visiting Professor in Practice, finds Britain consistently reluctant to share the ‘visions’ of the EU project and the evolutionary nature and cumulative process of EU integration.

This article is an adapted chapter from Dr Westlake's new book.

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Simon Glendinning writes on Britain's Europe and the end of Empire

Professor Glendinning, Head of the EI and Professor in European Philosophy, reflects on the link between Britain's post-War understanding of itself and Europe with the memory of Empire, and the implications of the 2016 EU Referendum on a post-Empire identity for the UK. Read here.


Orkun Saka has research covered by Reuters article

Visiting Fellow at the EI, Orkun Saka, has had his research covered in a Reuters article on Turkish banks shutting out the city of Istanbul after the June election. Read here.

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Anthony Teasdale reviews Margaret Thatcher biography

Anthony Teasdale, Visiting Professor in Practice, has reviewed the third volume of Charles Moore's biography of Margaret Thatcher for Prospect Magazine's December edition. Read it here.


Richard Bronk interviewed in Rhodes Center Podcast

Visiting Senior Fellow, Richard Bronk and Jens Beckert have been interviewed on their book 'Uncertain Futures' by Mark Blyth in a new Rhodes Center Podcast.

Listen here.

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Lorenzo Codogno on Eurozone fiscal policy

Visiting Professor in Practice, Lorenzo Codogno, argues for a greater role for fiscal policy in supporting the Eurozone economy, but explains why this is not in sight. Read here.


Julian Göpffarth interviewed on Radio National

Julian Göpffarth, EI PhD candidate and expert on Germany's far-right, was recently a guest on ABC News' Radio National, discussing the declaration of a Nazi emergency in Dresden and the rise of right-wing extremist activity. Listen here.


Winners of the Virgin Pulse Global Fitness Challenge

"The Olympians", representing the Hellenic Observatory and LSEE, celebrated coming first place in the Virgin Pulse Global Fitness Challenge.

The average step average of the team was a phenomenal 26,543 steps per day, meaning they finished 7th in the UK among university teams.

Well done Areti, Ivan, Katerina, Michalis, Spyros, Sofia, and Tena!


November 2019


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Joseph Downing appointed Marie Curie Expert Assessor

Dr Downing, LSE Fellow in Nationalism at the European Institute, has been appointed an Expert Assessor for the Marie Curie Fellowship Horizon 2020 Programme by the European Commission.

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Esin Duzel awarded Small Research Grant

Dr Esin Duzel has been awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant to investigate the relation between civil & military politics inside radical movements through a focus on radical morality.


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Blog post: Labour market mobility in the EU before and after the crisis

Dr Corrado Macchiarelli and Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis co-authored a detailed investigation with Dr Nikolitsa Lampropoulou on the dynamics in European labour markets during episodes of crisis and recovery.  

It is based on the authors’ forthcoming chapter in N. Campos, P. De Grauwe and Y. Ji (eds.), Structural Reforms and Economic Growth in Europe, Cambridge University Press.

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Waltraud Schelkle joins economists in German documentary series

Professor Schelkle, Professor in Political Economy, was one of 21 economists who featured in a four-hour long documentary series on German platform Arte, entitled "Work, Wage, Profit".

It can be watched on the Internet until 13 December. 

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Report: Feminization of occupations and its effect on gender wage gap in South Mediterranean Countries

Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis has collaborated on a report under the EU-FEMISE project, exploring how traditional cultural-economic roles played by women in the MENA region impact gender equality in the labour market, and the implications of this.

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 Iain Begg featured in Dutch article on Brexit

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, was featured in Dutch business and finance magazine Trends, entitled "The Brits did not vote for a dismantling of the welfare state".


Robert Basedow writes on Brexit and the ECJ

Dr Robert Basedow, Assistant Professor in International Political Economy, writes that if the government bypasses the Benn Act and takes the UK out of the EU without a deal, it would likely fall on the EU’s Court of Justice to rule on the legality of the UK’s departure.

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Angelo Martelli contributes to IMF Consultation

Dr Angelo Martelli, Assistant Professor in European and International Political Economy, has contributed to the IMF 2019 Article IV Consultation for Denmark with his research with David Hope exploring income inequality in advanced democracies. See the IMF report here.


 Robert Basedow on the US-China trade war

In an article for EUROPP, Dr Robert Basedow argues the US-China trade war is unlikely to be resolved in the near future, which creates important challenges and opportunities for the role of the EU and UK in the world economy.

Dr Basedow was also interviewed by Newsweek on the trade war.

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Gijs de Vries writes on Dutch EU policy

Gijs de Vries, Visiting Senior Fellow, reviewed a study of European perceptions of Dutch EU policy in the magazine of the Dutch think tank Clingendael.

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Iain Begg on the economic cost of Brexit

In an article for Funcas, Professor Iain Begg discusses the probable economic consequences of a No Deal Brexit and possible implications for policy.

October 2019


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New publications from EI academics

Professor Jonathan White, Professor of Politics and Deputy Head of the European Institute, has published his new book with Oxford University Press, Politics of Last Resort: Governing by Emergency in the European Union. It explores how we got to where we are, and where to go from here.


Professor Paul De Grauwe, John Paulson Chair in European Political Economy, published his co-authored book with Yuemei Ji: Behavioural Macroeconomics: Theory and Policy.


The paperback edition of Uncertain Futures: Imaginaries, Narratives, and Calculation in the Economy, edited by Richard Bronk, Visiting Senior Fellow, and Jens Beckert, was published on 9 September by Oxford University Press.

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Jonathan White on the prorogation of parliament

Professor Jonathan White, Professor of Politics and Deputy Head of the European Institute, was published in The Guardian last month: “Proroguing parliament is bigger than Brexit: It’s a display of political power”.

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Philippe Legrain writes on Brexit for Project Syndicate

Philippe Legrain, Visiting Senior Fellow, wrote a widely republished column for the Project Syndicate, “Britain’s Brexit Breakdown”.

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Nicholas Barr writes article on 'The US College Loans System'

Professor Nicholas Barr, Professor in Public Economics, has co-authored an article ‘The US College Loans System: Lessons from Australia and England’, in Economics of Education Review, Vol. 71, August 2019, pp. 32-48.

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Martin Westlake's Contributions

Martin Westlake, Visiting Professor in Practice, at the European Institute, delivered a paper on 'The European Union's Foreign Policy: New Challenges and Responses,' at the UACES 49th Annual Conference, Lisbon, 1-4 September.

He also delivered a paper on 'Europe's Dystopian Futures'  at an interdisciplinary conference on 'Forming the Future' at the University of Plymouth, 9-10 September. 

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Lorenzo Codogno interviewed on Class CNBC

Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, was interviewed with Class CNBC on 16 September on topics including oil prices, geopolitical tensions and the ECB.

Click here to see the interview (Italian only)


Julian Göpffarth on Germany’s New Ultranationalist Intelligentsia

Julian Göpffarth, PhD  candidate at the European Institute has written an article 'Germany’s New Ultranationalist Intelligentsia' for the Foreign Policy.



Yonatan Levi publishes articles on Israeli politics.

Yonatan Levi, PhD candidate at the European Institute, published two non-academic pieces covering Israel’s social justice movement and the religious right.

Article 1 - How Conservative American Money Helped the Religious Right Take Over Israel 

Article 2 - Where has Israel’s Social Justice Movement gone?

August 2019


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EI remembers Fabrizio Saccomanni

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Fabrizio Saccomanni, Chairman of UniCredit and former Italian Minister of Economy and Finance, and former Director of the Bank of Italy, who had been a Visiting Professor at the European Institute. 

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Joseph Downing's Contributions

Joseph Downing, LSE Fellow in Nationalism, had his latest paper "Tweeting Grenfell: Discourse and networks in critical constructions of British Muslim social boundaries on social media" with Richard Dron, published by New Media and Society on 26 July. The paper examines the Twitter response to the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, and how this constructed British Muslim identity.

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Martin Westlake speaking at panel in France

Martin Westlake, Visiting Professor in Practice, was a panel speaker in a conference on the theme of 'Une Union européenne réellement politique?' at the Station Ausone Mollat, Bordeaux (France), in the margins of the 2019 Congress of the French Political Science Association (AFSP), on 3 July.

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Lorenzo Codogno's Contributions

Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, had his latest publication Una sospensione volontaria dell’incredulità: il contratto di governo e la Legge di Bilancio” (A willing suspension of disbelief: the Contract for government and the Budget) with Silvia Merler published by Il Mulino in June 2019. He also appeared on TV interviews with Bloomberg on the EU top jobs discussion and the ECB's policy (2 July); and with SkyTG24 Economia on Italy's debt and fiscal issues (12 July).

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Philippe Legraine's Column

Philippe Legrain, Visiting Senior Fellow, wrote a column for Project Syndicate on why Christine Lagarde was the right choice to be the next ECB president. 


July 2019


The 2019 Maurice Fraser Annual Lecture with the Rh Hon David Miliband

On Friday 21 June, the European Institute hosted the third event of the 'Maurice Fraser Annual Lecture Series' at the LSE, which commemorates our dear late colleague, Professor Maurice Fraser. The Rt Hon David Miliband discussed the past and future of UK-EU relationships with Professor Kevin Featherstone.
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The EI's First International Alumni Event - 6 June 2019, Berlin, Germany

The European Institute held its first major Alumni event abroad on Thursday 6 June, with a discussion on "Social Media and the Politicization of European Politics" at Humboldt Graduate School in Berlin, Germany.

Professor Simon Glendinning,  Head of the European Institute, chaired a prestigious panel of speakers, which included EI Alumnus and German MP Kai Whittaker.The event was a great chance to re-connect with many EI Alumni outside of the UK, with more such occasions to come in the future!
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Professor Kevin Featherstone on the Advisory Board of the Delphi Economic Forum

We are very pleased to share the announcement that Professor Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor in Contemporary Greek Studies, Professor in European Politics and Director of the Hellenic Observatory, will now be a member of the Advisory Board of the Delphi Economic Forum.

Many congratulations to Kevin from everyone at the European Institute!


Professor Iain Begg's Podcast Appearance

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, featured on the OMFIF podcast of June 5, discussing the results of the European Parliamentary Elections.

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Professor Kevin Featherstone's Keynote Address

Professor Kevin Featherstone, Professor in European Politics and Director of the Hellenic Observatory, gave a keynote address. Opportunities and Challenges for Greece in a Changing European Union, at KPMG Athens, 13 June.

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Lorenzo Codogno's Contributions

Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, wrote articles on the risk of an infringement procedure for Italy (7 June) and on Europe's lost opportunities with reforms (19 June) with Giampaolo Galli on Il Sole 24 Ore. He also gave multiple TV interviews, including about the threat of the Italian Prime Minister's resignation on BBC (4 June) and Italy's potential exit from the Euro on MarketPlace (17 June).  

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Gijs De Vries at University of Siena Conference

Gijs De Vries, Visiting Senior Fellow, spoke at the conference on ‘Bridging Theory and Practice: a European Approach to International Cultural Relations’, University of Siena, Siena, 27 June.

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Philippe Legrain's Columns

Philippe Legrain, Visiting Senior Fellow, wrote columns on the victory of the Social Democrats in the Danish elections for Project Syndicate and on the signs that a new era of EU democracy is emerging for the Brussels Times. 

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Dr Joan Costa-i-Font Contributions

Dr Joan Costa-i-FontAssociate Professor (Reader) in Political Economy, had his latest paper "Do Economic Recessions 'Squeeze the Middle-Class'" (with Alberto Batinti) published in the LIS Working Paper Series. He will also participate in the NBER Summer Institute – Political Economy Program, Boston on 14 and 15 July.

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Martin Westlake's Contributions

Martin Westlake, Visiting Professor in Practice, spoke on the subject of 'Valeurs et importance des programmes d'échange d'enseignement supérieur: les origines des programmes américain Fulbright et européen Erasmus Mundus comparées' at the Académie Transatlantique d'été in Saint-Omer, France (6 June). He also awarded the inaugural Jan Olaf Hausotter Memorial Prize for the Best Thesis on Trans-Atlantic Affairs at the College of Europe (Bruges) Closing Ceremony (21 June).

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Dr Joseph Downing's Publications

Dr Joseph Downing, LSE Fellow in Nationalism, had his book "French Muslims in Perspective" published by Palgrave Macmillan. His paper on the #MacronLeaks case was also published by Springer (13 June).

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Dr Orkun Saka's Contributions

Dr Orkun Saka, Research Associate, had his research on the importance of local economic factors determining voter preferences mentioned in a BBC Turkish News piece on the Istanbul local re-elections (23 June). His paper on financial crises and the dynamics of financial de-liberalisation (co-authored with the EI's Paul De Grauwe and Angelo Martelli) was also covered by VoxEU (25 June).


June 2019


Professor Iain Begg's Contributions

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, commented on the impact of Brexit on the Eurozone and its future for La Razón (20 May, in Spanish); on how US-China trade tensions are affecting the world for CGTN (22 May); and on numerous topics for Bild, including on Theresa May stepping down and the ensuing Tory leadership contest (24 May, in German). His latest publication "Fiscal policy in Europe at crossroads" was also recently published on Funcas. On 26 May Professor Iain Begg participated in "La soirée européenne", an EU Elections viewing event organised by Sciences Po with other universities, in Paris, where he also met France-based LSE Alumni; and on May 28 he took part in a webinar for OMFIF, discussing the EP election results alongside Bernd Lucke (Alternative für Deutschland founder and former member).

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Dr Esra Özyürek's British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship

Dr Esra Özyürek, Associate Professor in Contemporary Turkish Studies, received a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for her research project titled "Holocaust Memory and Immigration Integration in Europe". The warmest congratulations on her achievement from everyone at the European Institute!

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Lorenzo Codogno's Paper and Interview

Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, wrote a paper titled "The rationale for a safe asset and fiscal capacity for the Eurozone" with Paul van den Noord for the May edition of LEQS (LSE 'Europe in Question' Discussion Paper Series). The article was also republished in the LUISS SEP working paper series. He was also interviewed on Class CNBC about Italy's economic growth, public accounts and yield spreads (8 May).

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Gijs De Vries Book Reviews and Article

Gijs De Vries, Visiting Senior Fellow, wrote a review of the book 'Wat doen ze daar eigenlijk? Gesprekken met Nederlandse Europarlementariërs' by M. van Keulen & C. Aalberts for the Clingendael Spectator (20 May, in Dutch); and a book review of 'Le nouvel empire: L’Europe du vingt et unième siècle' for the LSE EUROPP blog (21 May). His article on cultural diplomacy and EU foreign policy was also published for the Berlin Policy Journal (23 May).

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Philippe Legrain's Contributions

Philippe Legrain, Visiting Senior Fellow, contributed to the Dahrendorf Forum/European Institute workshop at LSE on Realising Europe's Soft and Sharp Power (3 May). He also spoke about populism and the European elections at Humboldt University in Berlin (8 May) and at a Clingendael event in Rotterdam on "Europe and the 'new normal' in global trade" (21 May).

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Anthony Teasdale at the 2019 State of the Union conference

Anthony Teasdale, Visiting Professor in Practice, spoke as a panellist on ‘The future of democracy and governance: Global trends to 2030’ at the 2019 State of the Union conference, organised by the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, on Thursday 2nd May.



On 10 May, the London leg of the 'FUTURE EUROPE' conference took place at the LSE, hosted by the European Institute. The recording of the entire session is available at this link, via a registration to the portal.

May 2019

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EI Academics' Success in 2019 Awards at LSE

For the LSE Class Teacher of the Year Awards 2019, Dr Miriam Sorace won the award for excellence in Student Learning Development; Dr Chrysoula Papalexatou was highly commended for Student Support, and Dr Cristobal Garibay-Petersen highly commended for Inspiring Teaching. 

For the 2019 Student-led LSE Awards, the following EI academics were highly commended: Dr Abby Innes for Mentoring and Personal Development, and Dr Spyros Economides & Dr Eiko Thielemann (Government and European Institute) for Inspirational Teaching.

European Institute Highly Commended for Departmental Excellence

The European Institute had been Highly Commended in Departmental Excellence. This award is for departments who are:

· Brilliantly organised and have great administrative support.

· Engage and interact effectively, fostering a great departmental community.

· Listen and act upon student feedback.

· Have excellent welfare and pastoral support services.

· Put diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything they do.


Professor Iain Begg's Commentaries

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, commented on the latest Brexit developments for L'Avenir (3 April, in French), for (5 April) and for Daily Finland (6 April). He also spoke on 'Le puzzle du Brexit' at a conference organised by the Université Paris 1 (4 April) and delivered a briefing on Brexit and European economic governance to the European team at the New York Federal Reserve (8 April).

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Martin Westlake's Contributions

Martin Westlake, Visiting Professor in Practice, delivered a short paper on the subject of 'possible EU party political systems' in the European Parliament, Brussels, on the occasion of the launch of the book 'The European Parliament in Times of EU Crisis' (ed. Olivier Costa) on 2 April. He also acted as discussant and chaired a panel on 'Theorizing (Dis)Integration' at a workshop on 'Theories of European Integration' at the Free University of Brussels (4 April). 

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Professor Nicholas Barr's Interview

Professor Nicholas Barr, Professor in Public Economics, featured in an interview published as ‘LatAm’s 2 Main Pension Challenges’, The Pension Problem, BNAmericas Intelligence Series, Banking, April 2019, pp. 6-8.

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Lorenzo Codogno's Article on Italy

Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, co-authored an article on the Italian document of economics and finance and the deficit question with Giampaolo Galli on "Il Sole 24 Ore" (11 April).

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Gijs De Vries Publications

Gijs De Vries, Visiting Senior Fellow, published his paper titled 'Cultural Freedom in European Foreign Policy' (Stuttgart: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen). In April, his article 'Culture and Development: a priority for the EU?' was also published on the European Commission's Capacity4Dev blog.

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Philippe Legrain's Contributions

Philippe Legrain, Visiting Senior Fellow, wrote columns for Project Syndicate on the EU's relationship with China (5 April) and for the Brussels Times on what the EU needs to do to combat climate change (4 April). In April, he also contributed to a symposium in The International Economy on populism.

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EI Academics Professor Kevin Featherstone, Dr Spyros Economides and Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis at conference in the US

On 12 April Professor Kevin FeatherstoneDr Spyros Economides and Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis participated in the 'Greece and the Euro - From Crisis to Recovery' conference at Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, Massachussetts, on 12 April. The occasion was organised by Professor George Alogoskoufis and Professor Kevin Featherstone. Our academics presented papers on political, historical and cultural overviews; Euro-area governance and Greece; Greece's foreign relations after the crisis; and the labor market and the problem of unemployement in Greece.


April 2019


Professor Iain Begg's Contributions

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, contributed to several broadcasts by international media in March and, amongst others, appeared on: The Strait Times (16 March) and Bild (11 March and 13 March, in German) about Brexit, and on Sputnik about Brexit (20 March, radio) and the upcoming EU Budget (21 March, web).

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Dr Waltraud Schelkle's Media Appearance

Dr Waltraud Schelkle, Associate Professor in Political Economy, participated in the conversation with Mark Blyth and Ashoka Mody on the question on the question 'Is the eurozone fixable?' for the Financial Times' podcast "Alphachat" on March 8.

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Dr Pieter Tuytens' Paper

Dr Pieter Tuytens, LSE Fellow in the Political Economy of Europe, has published a paper named "Countering financial interests for social purposes: what drives state intervention in pension markets in the context of financialisation?”, Journal of European Public Policy, Volume 26, 2019 - Issue 4.

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Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis Publication

Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis, Associate Professor in Political Economy, published a paper titled “Transition Dynamics in European Labour Markets During Crisis and Recovery” (with Corrado Macchiarelli and Nikole Lampropoulou) in the journal Comparative Economic Studies.

March 2019

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European Institute Representatives at Delphi Economic Forum IV

Several members of staff and some students of the LSE European Institute are attending the Delphi Economic Forum IV, which will take place from Thursday 28 February to Sunday 3 March 2019. Professor Kevin Featherstone, Professor Spyros Economides, Dr Vassilis Monastriotis, Professor Iain Begg and Professor Tony Travers will all be speaking in the panels that will take place during the Forum. Furthermore, nine students from the LSESU Hellenic Society will attend the Forum, including some EI students.


Professor Iain Begg's Contributions

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, has written for the online edition of Bild (all articles in German) on the the Brexit negotiations from an EU perspective (13 February), the Tories' defections in Parliament to the Independent Group (20 February) and Labour's support for a second referendum (25 February). He also contributed to numerous broadcasts for international news outlets, including a TRT World piece on MPs quitting the Conservative Party (20 February); and his latest publication on "The Future EU Budget" was recently published.

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Gijs De Vries' New Role and Publication

Gijs De Vries, Visiting Senior Fellow, has accepted an invitation from the German Foreign Ministry to serve as an advisor to its Task Force on drafting a new cultural diplomacy strategy (Auswärtiges Amt, AKBP Strategieprozess 2020).

Furthermore, his LSE blog ‘A hard Brexit will see criminals take back control’ (LSE blog 12.03.2018) has been republished (with the same title) in Helena Carrapico, Antonia Niehuss, and Chloé Berthélémy (eds.), Brexit and Internal Security. Political and Legal Concerns on the Future UK-EU Relationship (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019), pp. 87-91. The book was published on 4 February 2019.

On 30 March, Gijs's article "Orban schendt de Europese idealen" was published by the newspaper Trouw (in Dutch).

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Martin Westlake's Publication

Martin Westlake, Visiting Senior Fellow, published: "The more (European integration) there is, the more (Euroscepticism) there is: Euroscepticism as reactive identity formation and the importance of opposition. Where might the EU institutions go from here?” Bruges Political Research Papers, Paper  n° 73 / 2019, College of Europe.

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Dr Waltraud Schelkle's Contributions

Dr Waltraud Schelkle, Associate Professor in Political Economy, had three papers published in the month of February: 

Mabbett, D., & Schelkle, W. (2019). Independent or lonely? Central banking in crisis. Review of International Political Economy (online).  ISSN 0969-2290.
Schelkle, W. (2019). EU Pension policy and financialisation: purpose without power?, Journal of European Public Policy, 1-18.
Schelkle, W. (2019). Integration and Disintegration: Two-level games in the EU. In D. Bailey & C. Hay (Eds.), Diverging Capitalisms, Brexit and the new EU economic governance. Houndmills: Palgrave, pp.125-147.

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Philippe Legrain's Contributions

Philippe Legrain, Visiting Senior Fellow, wrote columns for the Brussels Times on whether the eurozone economy is heading for recession (11 February) and for Foreign Policy on the prospect of Trump launching a new trade war against European cars (22 February).

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Dr Marina Cino Pagliarello's Nomination

Dr Marina Cino Pagliarello, ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow (Industrial Strategy), has been nominated as the LSE Early Career Researcher representative to attend the ESRC meeting on the future strategic vision of the ESRC held in London on the 21st of February.

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Lorenzo Codogno's Interviews

Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, was interviewed on the Italian economic situation on CNBC (1 February) and SkyTG24 Economia (6 February, in Italian). 


Dr Robert Basedow's Evidence

Dr Robert Basedow, Assistant Professor in International Political Economy, gave evidence at the Trade Select Committee of the House of Commons on 'UK international investment policy after Brexit' on 27 February. The recording of the session is available.


January-February 2019

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Gijs De Vries' Presentations

Gijs De Vries, Visiting Senior Fellow, has recently carried out the following public presentations: 'Public diplomacy as a dimension of EU foreign policy' at the German Foreign Ministry, Berlin, on 3 December 2018; 'EU international cultural relations: a look ahead' at the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC), Brussels, on 12 December 2018; and 'Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the Carribean: the case of Aruba' at the Audit Chamber of Aruba, Aruba, on 14 December 2018.


Professor Iain Begg's Contributions

Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, contributed on Brexit for broadcasts on CNBC ('Brexit explained: 3.3 million jobs, EU immigration, the Irish border and everything else about the UK's big gamble') and Channel 4 ('FactCheck: Can we avoid paying the £39 billion Brexit divorce bill?'). He also wrote articles for The Hill on 13 January and 17 January


Marta Lorimer's Piece

Marta Lorimer, PhD Candidate, has published a piece on Open Democracy, reviewing the views of Europe of far right parties, on 17 January.

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Philippe Legrain's Contributions

Philippe Legrain, Visiting Senior Fellow, wrote a piece for the Aspen Institute Italy on why, despite Theresa May's historic defeat in Parliament, the most likely outcome is still that the Withdrawal Agreement will ultimately be approved, on 21 January. 

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Dinam Seminar Series

Martin Westlake, Visiting Senior Fellow, has launched the new Dinam Seminar on the European Union's New Foreign Policy. In January, he co-chaired the first two sessions, with Christian Leffler (Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service) and Stavros Lambrinidis (European Union's Special Representative on Human Rights) as guest speakers. On 22 January Mr Westlake also gave a seminar on 'Conflictual dynamics between democratic political legitimacy and ethical administrations in international organisations' in the International Relations Department's IR 507 International Institutions, Law and Ethics Research Workshop. 

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Lorenzo Codogno's Contribution

Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, wrote an article on 4 December about the Italian deficit situation for Il Sole 24 Ore. He delivered presentations on the Macro Economic Imbalance Procedure at the Economic Policy Committee/ European Commission (23 January) and on the European Economic Governance at the Finnish Parliament (29 January). In January, Lorenzo also appeared in interviews for CNBC (on the UK and Eurozone economiesglobal economic outlookand Italy's banking and fiscal situation) and BBC World Service Radio (on Italian banks and potential for recession).



December 2018

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Dr Orkun Saka  -  Call for Papers

Call for papers for LSE Workshop on Political Economy of Turkey to be held on 12 March, 2019 at the LSE. Policy panel including Sergei Guriev (EBRD) and Selin Sayek Boke (Member of Turkish Parliament).

The submission deadline is January 18, 2019. Please see link for further event details and submission requirements: Call for papers

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Dr Gerba's Paper

Dr Eddie Gerba's policy paper on secular stagnation and monetary policy implications was published by the European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs committee on 19 November and will be used for Monetary Dialogue on 26 November. 

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Richard Bronk's Lecture

Richard Bronk gave a joint lecture with Professor Jens Beckert on ‘Economics for uncertain times’ at the RSA in central London on 1 November 2018. To listen to the podcast click here 

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Dr Bongardt and Dr Torres on the Future of EU

Dr Annette Bongardt and Dr Francisco Torres delivered a presentation on The Future of EU governance at the conference Europe at the Cross Roads, organised by the Social Sciences Institute of the University of Lisbon on 15 October.

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Dr Torres Chairing a Session at Oxford

Dr Francisco Torres, Visiting Senior Fellow, chaired a session of the Political Economy of Financial Markets series at St Antony’s College, Oxford University, 19 November, on The EU’s monetary and financial policies: The core and the periphery by Charles Enoch, PEFM Director. Read more

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Lorenzo Codogno on the Media

Lorenzo Codogno has recently delivered multiple interviews on the Italian Budget, including with Class CNBC (26 October) and Radio Sputnik News (23 November). Lorenzo has also commented on Brexit for Al Jazeera (17 November), and he has taken part in multiple presentations recently, including at John Hopkins University on “Budgetary policies: the electoral campaign and the new government”, with Silvia Merler in Bologna on 17 November.

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Philippe Legrain on the Press

Philippe Legrain has written multiple columns for leading news publications, including on: why Angela Merkel won't be missed when she retires, for Project Syndicate; why the real EU disintegration threat isn't further exits, but rather nationalists undermining and then taking over EU institutions, for Brussels Times; why the new divide in the Brexit debate is between pragmatists who prefer a bad deal to no deal and players who are willing to risk no-deal chaos to achieve their ends (a hard Brexit, no Brexit, a Labour government), for CapX.

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Julian Göpffarth's Article

Julian Göpffarth wrote a blog article entitled The Far Right Imagines a Totalitarian Other for the Fair Observer in November 2018.

November 2018

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Dr Waltraud Schelkle Awarded ERC Synergy Grant  

Dr Waltraud Schelkle together with Dr Maurizio Ferrera from the University of Milan and Hanspeter Kriesi at the European University Institute, has been awarded a large Synergy Grant by the European Research Council. They will explore 'Policy Crisis and Crisis Politics. Sovereignty, Solidarity and Identity in the EU post 2008'. The project will run over six years, starting in mid-2019, and has an overall value of €9.6 million. In its award letter, the ERC commended the project for 'Its considerable ambition in both empirical and theoretical terms [..] supported by the excellent methodology that the [Principal Investigators] intend to apply'. The ERC Press Release with a list of the 27 grants awarded can be found here:

Dr Waltraud Schelkle has also published an article on the German economist Hans-Werner Sinn that appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on 11 October, 2019. An English translation can be found here.

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Dr Martin Westlake's paper in UACES Conference

Dr Martin Westlake delivered a paper at the UACES 48th Annual Conference in Bath. The paper, entitled 'The more (European integration) there is, the more (Euroscepticism) there is: Euroscepticism as reactive identity formation and the importance of an opposition and not just opposition,' was given in a panel on 'Assessing the Impact of Euroscepticism on Institutions: the EU Arena.'

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Professor Kevin Featherstone's Contributions

Professor Kevin Featherstone, spoke on ‘The UK politics of a BREXIT deal’ at the Hertie School of Government, Berlin, 1 October; he also spoke to the LSE Alumni Association in Brussels on 9th October, updating them on developments at LSE and giving his assessment of the Brexit negotiations so far. His co-speaker was Margaritis Schinas, Chief Spokesman of the EU Commission. On 19th October he commented on the future of Anglo-Greek relations after ‘Brexit’ to an audience of policy-makers and officials at Ditchley Park, UK.

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Sarah Ciaglia's Contribution

Sarah Ciaglia, PhD Candidate at the European Institute, has contributed to a piece entitled 'What a feeling?! How to promote ‘European Identity’', which was published on 10 October.

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Gijs De Vries' Participations

Gijs De Vries will be joining the Reflection Group of the German Foreign Ministry charged with reviewing Germany’s public diplomacy. He also participated in the 2018 meeting of the annual Anglo-Dutch high level conference (Apeldoorn Conference).

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Dr Sonja Avlijas' Best PhD Thesis Award

Dr Sonja Avlijas, EI Alumna and member of the editorial board of the EI's LEQS Paper Series, was nominated as the recipient of the EACES 2018 Best PhD Thesis Award. Following her lecture at the awards ceremony, she also got elected to the 2018-2020 Executive Board of EACES.

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Lorenzo Codogno's Contributions

Lorenzo Codogno wrote a Policy Brief for the LUISS School of Economic Policy titled “A stylised narrative of Italian banking problems” 

Lorenzo, also wrote an article for Financial Times, Opinion Market Insight titled “A maverick Italy risks destabilising the whole EU”

Media Interviews

BBC Radio World Service interview on the Italian Budget and the difficulties of the Italian government, 22 October 2018.

BBC World Service Radio interview on the Italian Budget, 9 October 2018.

Radio 24 Focus Economia, interview (in Italian) on Italy’s fiscal targets and market developments, 2 October 2018.

Class CNBC interview (Italian) on Italy’s Budget, 1 October 2018.

October 2018

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Lectures by Dr Esra Özyürek

Dr Esra Özyürek gave a lecture on 'Making Germans out of Turks and Arabs? Holocaust Memory and Inclusion/Exclusion' at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, on 24 September 2018. She also gave a lecture titled 'Generation Allah: Democratizing Muslim Men and Holocaust Memory in Germany' at the University of Illinois, on 20 September 2018.

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Social Media Conference, Dr Joseph Downing

Dr Joseph Downing is organizing a two-day conference on methodological scholarly approaches to social media as a base for social science research, titled 'Social Media and the Social Sciences: Perspectives, Methods and Approaches'.

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Anthony Teasdale's Article

Anthony Teasdale has published an article (co-authored with David Willetts) about Margaret Thatcher's Bruges speech, entitled 'How the seed of Brexit was planted 30 years ago', in the October 2018 edition of Prospect magazine.

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Philippe Legrain's Contributions

Philippe Legrain spoke at The Economist's Open Future Festival in London on 15 September in a debate on 'Has migration gone too far?'. He also wrote an article for Brussels Times on the need for greater European defence cooperation and strategic autonomy;  and contributed to a symposium on Brexit by The National Interest.

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Richard Bronk on LSE IQ Podcast

Richard Bronk, Visiting Fellow, contributed to the latest 'LSE IQ Podcast: Episode 18 | How do stories help us understand the world?'.

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Publications by Dr Annette Bongardt and Dr Francisco Torres

Dr Annette Bongardt and Dr Francisco Torres have recently co-authored 'Trade Agreements and Regional Integration: the EU after Brexit'Chapter 32 in Robert Looney (ed.), Routledge Handbook of International Trade Agreements: Country, regional and global approaches, London and NY: Routledge, pp. 296-306; and 'What should be the EU’s approach to global trade?', Forum on the Global Trading System, Review of European Economic Policy,Vol. 53, 5, Sept/Oct.

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Lorenzo Codogno's Contributions

Lorenzo Codogno has written a blogpost 'Italy under the spotlight of another financial crisis', with Mara Monti, also a Policy Brief for LUISS School of Economic Policy. He has written two articles for Il Sole 24 Ore with Giampaolo Galli, 'Una manovra per la sostenibilità del debito' (A Budget for debt sustainability) and 'I pericoli di uno scontro con i mercati' (The dangers of a fight with financial markets). He also gave interviews to the BBC and Class CNBC, among others.

September 2018

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Dr Esra Özyürek comments on Turkey  

Dr Esra Özyürek talked to the following media outlets about the economic crisis in Turkey: BBC, Canda Television and ITV. She has also had her article "Exile and Plurality in Neoliberal Times: Turkey's Academics for Peace" accepted for publication and has been scheduled for the May 2019 special issue of Public Culture (31-2) on the theme of 'Interrogating the Histories and Futures of “Diversity”: Transnational Perspectives'.


Marta Lorimer Contributions 

Marta Lorimer has recently published a chapter titled ‘"Ni droite, Ni gauche, Français!" Far right populism and the future of Left/Right politics’. The chapter is featured in Lise Herman and James Muldoon’s volume ‘Trumping the Mainstream: The Conquest of Democratic Politics by the Populist Radical Right

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Lorenzo Codogno Publications

Lorenzo has written a chapter “Cosa succede se usciamo dall’Euro?” (What would happen if we exit the euro?) edited by Carlo Stagnaro, with Giampaolo Galli, IBL Libri. He has also contributed his article “Cosa insegna all’Italia la crisi della Turchia” (What the crisis in Turkey teaches to Italy),  “La quadratura dei conti e lo spread in agguato” (Squaring the circle of the Budget and the yield spread) and has also given interviews for  Class CNBC on Italian political and budgetary developments and the global scenario, Radio 24 Focus Economia on the next Italian budget and CNBC Asia interview on “Close to 'crunch time' for Brexit negotiations”. 

August 2018

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New Book by Richard Bronk

Richard Bronk is co-editor along with Jens Beckert of a new book "Uncertain Futures: Imaginaries, Narratives, Calculation in the Economy"  published by Oxford University Press. An LSE discussion panel event marking the launch of the book will follow, more details to be annnounced soon. 

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Dr Esra Özyürek in Imminent Frame 

Dr Esra Özyürek wrote about adopting religious belief one did not inherit from their parents "Inheratance and Belief" in Imminent Frame, 3 July 2018.

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LSE Contintental Breakfast 15 June 2018

Horatio Mortimer has summarized the contributions and discussions of the Continental Breakfast which occurred on 15 June 2018 at the LSE concerning Brexit and Multilateralism.

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Professor Nicholas Barr on Superannuation 

Professor Nicholas Barr provided evidence (joint with Peter Diamond) to an Australian inquiry into the design of a default pension, Response to Superannuation: Assessing Efficiency and Competitiveness: Productivity Commission Draft Report, has been published by the Australia Productivity Commission, July 2018. 

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Forthcoming publication by Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis

Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis has had a forthcoming paper accepted for publication Regional Studies (currently in press), titled 'Regional needs, regional targeting, and regional growth: an assessment of EU Cohesion Policy in the UK regions' (co-authored with Marco Di Cataldo). Further information on the publication to follow.