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The Failed Agreekment

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

Faith in the European Union is tumbling faster than Greece’s liquidity reserves. The bitter negotiations over the Greek debt crisis have stirred up resentment, discontent and even horror from Southern Europe’s citizens in a way never visible before. On the eve of the Greek referendum on the proffered bailout deal, protests for an Oxi (No) […]

The roar of protest

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

In its relatively short history, the European Union has been no stranger to dissenting voices, and they don’t come much more vociferous than Jerome Roos. The fourth year SPS researcher at the EUI is examining the Greek debt crisis in comparative-historical perspective―  “The basic question I seek to answer is why heavily indebted peripheral countries […]

Universal Basic Income – treading the 'capitalist road to communism'?

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

A spectre is haunting Europe: persistent unemployment. So how can it be tackled, along with the poverty and despair it generates? One proposal is the Universal Basic Income (UBI). A beguilingly simple idea whereby each individual adult is granted an unconditional income, without means test or work requirement, the UBI has garnered supporters across the […]

Europe under a common roof

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”, goes the famous Tolstoy line. And for Nobel Prize winning economist and EUI honoris causa recipient Jean Tirole, the European Union is truly an unhappy family indeed. “It would be better to have a federalist Europe”’ he suggests. “It would require people to […]