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What is the problem with religion? Towards a Mediterranean dialogue

What is the problem with religion? Towards a Mediterranean dialogue

In a September event held in Florence’s Palazzo Medici Riccardi, leading figures from religion, government, diplomacy and academia met for a panel discussion on the problems faced – or perhaps caused – by contemporary religion in Europe. The roundtable took place as part of the Mediterranean Dialogues series organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies. The dialogue series is aimed at promoting a positive dialogue on Mediterranean issues.

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‘Beware of fashion, beware of orthodoxy, think for yourself’

‘Beware of fashion, beware of orthodoxy, think for yourself’

Michael Ignatieff knows a thing or two about authoritarianism. As President and Rector of the Central European University in Budapest, Ignatieff has found himself on the frontline of the fight for academic and intellectual freedom in Viktor Orbán’s Hungary. In a visit to the EUI – in which he delivered the keynote address at the Max Weber Programme’s June Conference and the 20th annual EUI Conferring Ceremony – Ignatieff reflected on what has caused the rising tide of authoritarianism, where academics have gone wrong, and what they must do to start fighting back.

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Reassessing the fiscal and monetary framework of EMU

Reassessing the fiscal and monetary framework of EMU

In this article, Professor Ramon Marimon outlines the aims and achievements of the ADEMU project, which will present its findings at The State of the Union 2018. Will adopting a more dynamic monetary union help forge the EU from crisis?

Ramon Marimon is Joint Chair Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, where he holds the Pierre Werner Chair. He will speak at a panel entitled ‘Reassessing the Fiscal and Monetary Framework of EMU in 2018’ at The State of the Union.

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Cities and asylum seeker integration

Cities and asylum seeker integration

Is the EU serious about helping migrants and asylum speakers settle within its borders? Writing for EUI Times, Jasper Chalcraft points out that the experiences of asylum seekers arriving in the EU differs hugely between cities and countries.

Jasper Chalcraft is a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. He will chair a panel at The State of the Union 2018 dealing with ‘Cities and Asylum Seeker Integration: Innovative Practices and (Trans)national Approaches’.

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Social investment in the balance

Social investment in the balance

What is social investment, how has it developed and what will become of it going forward? That is the topic of Professor Anton Hemerijck’s highly anticipated panel at The State of the Union 2018. Ahead of the conference, Prof. Hemerijck sat down with EUI Times to talk social investment, and explain why it’s ‘in the balance’.

Anton Hemerijck is Professor of Political Science and Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the EUI. His panel at The State of the Union 2018 is entitled ‘Social Investment in the Balance’.

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Solidarity in development?

Solidarity in development?

How do historical experiences of development solidarity and foreign aid contribute to policy realities in the present? Ahead of chairing a panel on the subject at The State of the Union 2018, Professor Corinna Unger writes that we can learn a great deal about the process of development and its place in the future by looking backwards.

Corinna Unger is Professor of Global and Colonial History in the Department of History and Civilization of the EUI. Her panel at The State of the Union 2018 is entitled ‘Solidarity in Development? Historical Experiences and Present Concerns with Economic Stability and Political Security across Borders’.

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A ‘magnificent achievement,’ imperilled

A ‘magnificent achievement,’ imperilled

As dignitaries gathered in Belfast last week to commemorate twenty years since the Good Friday agreement was signed, ending over three decades of bloody sectarian conflict on the island of Ireland, a Brexit-shaped shadow loomed large. According to Professor Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, London’s apparent reluctance to take the Irish problem seriously could lead to the unravelling of Good Friday and the reappearance of violence on the border.

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Building South Sudan

Building South Sudan

South Sudan is the world’s youngest country. After nearly 99% of eligible voters opted to secede from Sudan in 2011, people like William Lochi set about putting in place the building blocks that he and many others hoped would lead to South Sudan becoming a successful democracy. Progress has been fitful thus far, marred by on-off civil conflict and political upheaval. However Lochi, the Deputy-Secretary General of the South Sudanese government, remains optimistic that South Sudan’s future is bright. In Florence to undertake a Young Policy Leader fellowship at the School of Transnational Governance, Lochi hopes to return to Juba with a fresh perspective on governing and policymaking in his fledgling home country.

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Italy redraws its political landscape

Italy redraws its political landscape

After a fraught campaign, Italians went to the polls on 4 March. The results have confirmed the decline of the country’s traditional political elites, and consolidated the rise of populist and anti-establishment parties that are threatening to redraw Italy’s political landscape. As coalition horse-trading begins, Fabio Bulfone and Lorenzo Cicchi of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies try to unpack what happened, what it means, and what comes next.

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How do you solve a problem like globalisation?

How do you solve a problem like globalisation?

When Dani Rodrik published ‘Has Globalisation Gone Too Far?’ in 1997, his contention that not everyone stood to gain from increased global economic integration was laughed at. Twenty years later, with populist candidates riding a wave of anti-establishment, anti-globalisation anger at the ballot box, Rodrik’s insights seem more revelatory than ridiculous. Fast forward two decades, and the Turkish-born economist has a lot of ideas about how to re-write the rules of globalisation for the better. This time round, everyone would be wise to listen to him.

Dani Rodrik is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He visited the EUI on 14 February to deliver a Max Weber Lecture entitled ‘Globalisation and the Populist Backlash’.

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