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The EU taking to the global stage

Written by Mark Briggs. Posted in Current features, Features

Since its inception in the 1950s the European project has sought to be one of cooperation to the mutual benefit of its members. There is strength in numbers, economies of scale, efficiency in pooling resources with in a union of nations that would be impossible as 28 separate countries.

The economics of patience

Written by Mark Briggs. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

Matthias Sutter joined the EUI last September as Professor of Applied Economics. His work as an experimental economist explores the behaviour of children and teenagers. His latest book looks at the correlation between patience and life time achievement. “The idea is to study how human behaviour responds to incentives. That is what experimental economics is,” […]

Time for a change

Written by Mark Briggs. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

Richard Bellamy is the new Director of the Max Weber Programme. He joins the EUI after seven years at University College London during which time he established their Political Science Department and European Institute. With his boxes of books still unpacked, he discusses what lies ahead for him and the programme over the next five […]

Changing climate, changing markets

Written by Mark Briggs. Posted in Current features, Features

Chief scientists, political leaders and even business leaders have named climate change as “the biggest challenge we face”. Extreme weather and rising sea levels pose immediate threats to life and property. But any response to the phenomena is likely to dramatically change the economy. So why does an environmental problem require an economics solution?

European Parliament Elections: what, why and who

Written by Mark Briggs. Posted in Current features, Features

At the end of May the population of the European Union will go to the polls and elect 751 MEPs to the European Parliament, to represent 500 million citizens in 28 member states. This will be the first election since the accession of Croatia, the first election since the Eurozone crisis swept the continent, and the first election under the auspices of the Lisbon Treaty giving the electorate a direct say in the presidency of the European Commission

Seceding in the union

Written by Mark Briggs. Posted in Current features, Features

What do secession and independence mean in today’s world, what drives regions in a globalised world to put up additional borders? What do these regions want when they talk of secession, and what are the potential pitfalls of becoming an independent nation?