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January 26, 2021

The so-called crisis of political parties is, in fact, evidence of their adaption. Here's why

Political distrust and reduced party identification suggest that political parties are in crisis. Elisa Volpi argues that parties are not in terminal decline, but undergoing a process of adaptation
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January 25, 2021

The Arab uprisings ten years on: the EU must change its policy of neglect

The EU has failed to support democracy and political change in the Middle East and North Africa. Maria Gloria Polimeno argues for a more inclusivist social approach, along with radically revised foreign policy
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January 22, 2021

The Dutch government has been rocked by scandal. Why does its leader remain untainted?

On 15 January, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was forced to resign after thousands of parents in the Netherlands were wrongly accused of benefit fraud. But the outcry has not diminished faith in Rutte as a leader, writes Simon Otjes
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January 21, 2021

Without a strong strategic security partnership, Brexit will undermine EU and UK security

Brexit makes policing less effective and makes developing vital defence capability more difficult, write Simon Sweeney and Neil Winn. Europe needs a strategic partnership which holds Britain close to EU security and defence-related structures, while the British government and industrial interests need strong partnerships with the EU and its member states
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January 19, 2021

Clientelism – another reason to worry about US democracy

The last several months have given us many reasons to worry about US democracy – not least the riot at the US Capitol and the president’s refusal to accept the results of the November election, with Republican support. Rachel Gisselquist argues that clientelism is yet another reason to worry
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January 15, 2021

Youth unemployment in the Western Balkans is fuelling Europe’s highest emigration rate

A lack of state initiatives to curb unemployment among young people in the Western Balkans has resulted in the highest emigration rate in Europe, writes Gala Naseva — and the pandemic is making matters worse for this vulnerable group
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January 14, 2021

The Loop is three months old!

The Loop launched on 12 October 2020. During our short life, we have published 57 articles on a huge range of political science sub-disciplines, by some 79 bloggers. Managing Editor Kate Hawkins reflects on this early phase
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January 12, 2021

Pastoral power and Turkey’s art of governing its diaspora in Europe

Turkey is upping its game in terms of exercising ‘pastoral power’ over its diaspora communities abroad, aiming to turn them into loyal and disciplined subjects who accept the government’s nationalist discourse, writes Chiara Maritato
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January 5, 2021

The Kurds defeated Islamic State – now Turkey wants to end their success story 

We owe much to the Kurds for the defeat of Islamic State, even if the fight still goes on. Yet, writes Dastan Jasim, the rise of Turkey as an unpredictable military power threatens post-conflict reconstruction – and Syria’s democratic future
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December 29, 2020

If developing countries struggle to procure a Covid vaccine, some will take matters into their own hands

The Covid vaccine debate is rapidly changing, from whether we will get a vaccine to when, where and how it will be rolled out. But, writes Gerelyn Terzo, this immediately raises questions about whether socio-economic development will determine who gets it first
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