COVID-19 and Populism: A Bad Combination for Europe’s Banks

Jul 13, 2020

As Germany takes over the EU’s rotating presidency, Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that the bloc is facing a triple challenge: the coronavirus pandemic — in retreat but still requiring constant vigilance — the EU’s steepest-ever economic downturn and political demons waiting in the wings,...

The Mount of Autocrats
Jul 10, 2020

The Mount of Autocrats

Has Putin Won the Vote on Constitutional Amendments?
Jul 08, 2020

Has Putin Won the Vote on Constitutional Amendments?

The Circle of History in Radical-Right Symbolism
Jul 02, 2020

The Circle of History in Radical-Right Symbolism

Instagram Is a Strategic Communication Channel

Instagram Is a Strategic Communication Channel

Jul 02, 2020

Communication between governments and citizens has changed over the years. The digital era has provided state actors with new channels to spread their messages. Different channels offer different types of outreach. Nevertheless, successful communication requires consistency and...

If a Statue Offends My Sister, It Also Offends Me

If a Statue Offends My Sister, It Also Offends Me

Jul 02, 2020

Since the toppling of the statue of slaver Edward Colston in Bristol last month, a stream of articles, many by white writers, have called for such monuments to be placed in museums. These writers argue that, with sensitive curation, such statues can act to educate a public ignorant of the...

Who’s the Dealer and What’s the Deal?

Who’s the Dealer and What’s the Deal?

Jul 01, 2020

The verdict is in. Contrary to what some have maintained, what COVID-19 has provoked is not just another recession in the eternally recurring cycles of capitalism. Not even a Great Recession, like the one the world began wading through 12 years ago. This time, it is clearly our second Great...

The EU Should Collect Health Data Centrally

The EU Should Collect Health Data Centrally

Jun 29, 2020

When the COVID-19 disease began to spread in Europe, France and Germany prohibited the export of medical equipment, while Italy asked in vain for supplies of protective equipment under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Neither the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) nor the...

Understanding the Dynamics of the Far Right

Understanding the Dynamics of the Far Right

Jun 23, 2020

While this article is not about the extreme right’s responses to COVID-19, thinking about this issue briefly does give us a clear example of what it does focus on: the groupuscular dynamics of the extreme right. Across the globe, myriad extreme-right organizations have been finding ways to...

Who Will Make Rules for the Internet?

Who Will Make Rules for the Internet?

Jun 22, 2020

National legislations across the European Union — with the exception of states that have implemented their own digital laws, such as Germany and France — are very difficult to enforce when it comes to online. This is because, in the absence of overarching legislation that...

Gone With the Wind: On the Pitfalls of Symbolic Politics

Gone With the Wind: On the Pitfalls of Symbolic Politics

Jun 19, 2020

A few days ago, Quaker Oats announced it would retire its 130-year-old brand of pancake syrup and breakfast foods, Aunt Jemima. The company acknowledged that the Aunt Jemima character was based on a racial stereotype. In the aftermath of the decision, other companies, among them Mars Food,...

How Mismanaging a Pandemic Can Cost Countries Their Soft Power

How Mismanaging a Pandemic Can Cost Countries Their Soft Power

Jun 18, 2020

The term soft power was coined by Joseph Nye in the late 1980s as a country's ability to influence others without the use of force. Soft power is established in culture and grounded in history, unlike hard power, which is based on coercion and the use of military and economic means. Soft power and...

Can Volodymyr Zelensky Bring Peace to Eastern Ukraine?

Can Volodymyr Zelensky Bring Peace to Eastern Ukraine?

Jun 18, 2020

Six years ago, a political crisis in Ukraine turned into an armed confrontation. Separatists came to power in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine, declared their unwillingness to forge closer ties with the European Union and proclaimed the independence of these territories. In April...

Refugees Build Bridges Across Society

Refugees Build Bridges Across Society

Jun 15, 2020

While celebrating the contribution of refugees, we must acknowledge the importance of all who are driven from their homelands not only by fear and terror, but also by desperate need. Human bridges and personal connections have been built by great movements across the globe as people escape war and...

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