“Taxes can be used to better fight climate change”: An Interview with Tatiana Falcao, STG Policy Leader Fellow

Written by Kathryn Carlson. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

Tatiana Falcão, STG Policy Leader Fellow

Continuing EUI Times’ series of interviews with the School of Transnational Governance’s Policy Leader Fellows, Kathryn Carlson meets with Tatiana Falcão, a tax law expert originally from Brazil. “People are very reliant on energy, and if all of a sudden you’re faced with the fact that you have a much higher price than you’re expecting […]

“With very little, you can change a lot”: An Interview with Martina Francesca Ferracane, STG Policy Leader Fellow

Written by Kathryn Carlson. Posted in Current profiles, Features, Profiles

Between an NGO in Sicily of which she is the founder and president, running her startup as CEO, and an associateship at a think tank in Brussels writing on digital trade, data protection and cybersecurity, it’s a surprise that Martina Ferracane even has time to meet me. Not to mention the task of completing her Hamburg University Ph.D. in the next few months as a Policy Leaders Fellow at EUI.

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

Written by Henry Goodwin. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

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.

Building South Sudan

Written by Henry Goodwin. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles, Uncategorised

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.

How do you solve a problem like globalisation?

Written by Henry Goodwin. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

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’.

Monitoring racism

Written by Henry Goodwin. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

From Europe to Myanmar, the world is in the grips of a racism emergency. Exacerbating the crisis is a lack of information. Despite there being a cornucopia of important and insightful academic research on and about racism and anti-racism, there has been nowhere for the vast majority of people to access it. Until now. MONITOR: Global Intelligence on Racism is a new online multimedia magazine and portal that aims to become the go-to source for research-based public debate on racism, housed at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and part of its Global Governance Programme. Ahead of its launch this week, EUI Times spoke with MONITOR’s editor, Monica Gonzalez-Correa, about what inspired the magazine, and why its intervention is so important in the current moment.

The road from Damascus

Written by Henry Goodwin. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

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When the Arab Spring spilled into Syria in 2011, Dima Hussain believed that the time had finally come to change her country’s long-entrenched status quo. Today, Syria’s civil war still rages on, and the regime that so many Syrians had sought to topple seems as strong as ever. Nonetheless Hussain, now a first-year Law researcher at the EUI, remains optimistic that one day she will return to Damascus, to a Syria imbued with the idealism that sparked a revolution over six years ago.

The historical roots of the world’s ‘racism emergency’

Written by Henry Goodwin. Posted in Current features, Current profiles, Features, Profiles

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The world is in the grips of a ‘racism emergency’, according to James Renton. Typically for a historian, he believes that it is essential to look back in order to plot a route forward. In 2017, Europe commemorates two major milestones: the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Both these landmarks, Renton argues, can teach us a great deal about modern-day racism, and governments’ responses to it.

James Renton is a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. His new book, ‘Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe: A Shared Story?’ (co-edited with Ben Gidley), is available now.

Rebuilding trust in experts after Brexit

Written by Henry Goodwin. Posted in Current features, Current profiles, Features, Profiles

Jean Pisani-Ferry

‘The paradox of our times,’ according to Jean Pisani-Ferry, is that people are more educated than ever before, yet ‘distrust’ in expert opinion has never been stronger. Speaking to EUI Times after participating in the first of the Schuman Centre’s ‘Conversations for the Future of Europe’, on how to structure a post-Brexit Europe, Professor Pisani-Ferry argues that institutions like the EUI have a fundamental role to play in rebuilding the public’s trust in the relationship between science and politics.

Jean Pisani-Ferry is a professor of economics with Sciences Po Paris and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and he holds the Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa chair of the European University Institute in Florence. In the first half of 2017, Pisani-Ferry served as Director for Programme and Ideas for Emmanuel Macron’s successful presidential campaign.

The EU’s challenge in tackling antisemitism

Written by Henry Goodwin. Posted in Current features, Current profiles, Features, Profiles

‘Hate cannot be contained in one corner,’ says Katharina von Schnurbein, the European Commission’s first specialist coordinator on tackling antisemitism, ‘sooner or later it spreads.’ For that reason, she argues, it is the responsibility of society as a whole – not just the Jewish community – to combat antisemitism. Von Schnurbein recently joined the EUI as an EU Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, where she will spend the next year formulating policy proposals on how the Commission can help stem the rising tide of antisemitism in Europe.