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News from Western Europe, Tuesday 19th March 2013

EUROPE Open Democracy: The European elite’s politics of fear by Cas Mudde. ‘Fear mongering by political elites is nothing new. In fact, influential political thinkers from Machiavelli to Schmitt have argued that creating antagonisms and fear constitute the essence of politics. Thousands of articles have been devoted to the ‘politics of fear’ towards ‘others’ in recent […]

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News from Western Europe, Tuesday 5th March 2013

EUROPE Ekathimerini : A ‘Rehn of Terror’ in Europe? Not really, say leading economists. ‘Despite the result of the elections in Italy, the rise of anti-European political forces across the continent, surging unemployment (11.9 percent in January according to Eurostat), and the continuing recession, the eurozone’s fiscal policy is unlikely to change in the following months, […]

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Terrorism: the state of play

It has now been over a year since Osama bin Laden’s death, not a bad time to assess the status of terrorist activity around the world. [i]  Where do things stand at the end of 2012? In much of the western world terrorism, as we have come to understand it, has largely passed from the […]

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Western Europe Tracker 08.10.12

Comment – The New York Times: Catalonia may be the catalyst for a renewed wave of separatism in the European Union, with Scotland and Flanders not far behind. ‘The great paradox of the European Union, which is built on the concept of shared sovereignty, is that it lowers the stakes for regions to push for independence. While […]

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