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February 26, 2021

Why northern Europe is so indebted

Martino Comelli You might think the US would be world champion of household debt, yet the highest private indebtment has always been in the Nordic countries, where inclusive welfare makes debt into an investment. But debt takes on different forms, writes Martino Comelli, and gerontocratic welfare and consumer credit is a burden for those in other nations Read more
February 25, 2021

Mario Draghi has bigger ambitions than just seeing Italy through to the next general election

Sergio Fabbrini Although appointed unexpectedly, Mario Draghi is much more than just a stop-gap, technocratic Prime Minister. Sergio Fabbrini argues that Draghi's vision for Europe could make Italy one of the key voices in the European debate Read more
February 24, 2021

Trump’s acquittal reminds us that we are still very much living in the post-truth age

Ruairidh Brown In Trump’s second impeachment trial, ‘truth’ never really mattered, writes Ruairidh Brown. Regardless of the facts or evidence presented, the endurance of a post-truth climate guaranteed he would be acquitted regardless Read more
February 23, 2021

Mario Draghi’s governing bandwagon has been voted in. Expect a bumpy ride

Daniele Albertazzi Mario Draghi’s new government enjoys broad support in both Italian parliamentary chambers. But Matteo Salvini's League is likely to make its life difficult. Daniele Albertazzi and Davide Pellegrino speculate that Salvini’s party will likely keep one foot in and one foot out of government Read more
February 18, 2021

Alive but not well: it’s a hard life for Myanmar’s democracy

Stefano Ruzza What does the recent military coup tell us about the prospects for Myanmar’s regime? Stefano Ruzza argues that while the country's semi-democracy is not dead, it is unlikely ever to escape occasional authoritarian interventions Read more
February 16, 2021

If we really want to reform EU migration policies, we should look to the public

Danilo Di Mauro The refugee crisis has led to changes in EU migration policy management. But effective reform of the so-called Dublin System that could resolve the crisis has so far eluded the EU. To understand the prospects for change, Danilo di Mauro and Vincenzo Memoli argue that we should examine how public opinion influences political parties, and elites Read more
February 12, 2021

Is a new cold war between the USA and China now more likely with Joe Biden in the White House?

Ruairidh Brown An absence of ideological universalism means that China-US relations have so far managed to escape a Cold War situation, writes Ruairidh Brown. With Biden’s promise of a value-centred American Foreign Policy, this could be about to change Read more
February 11, 2021

How the mobilisation of the politically disaffected works to the advantage of right-wing populist parties

Julia Schulte-Cloos To understand support for right-wing populist parties, we need to analyse not just voters who disengage from established parties, but also those who never voted in the first place, writes Julia Schulte-Cloos Read more

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