The advance of economic patriotism

The last few days in Europe’s business community have been turbulent. For once it was not about the impact of the new American administration on the European economy, but about acquisitions. Big ones. Where many of us were worried about “America First”, it now seems that in Europe something similar is happening. Not Europe first or Brussels first, but the UK first, the Netherlands first, and Germany first. The developments of last week might prove to be characteristic for the future of Europe’s economy.

The most important news of last week was the failed attempt by American food giant Kraft Heinz to buy its Anglo-Dutch rival Unilever for the price of 143 Billion USD, which would Continue reading “The advance of economic patriotism”

How Neoliberalism Influences Immigration Policies in Modern Western States

In nowadays’ society, governments and political elites are influenced by the neoliberal thought: The influx of public money into banking industry, the collaborations between national governments and private corporations, the divergence of public funds into the private sector, accumulation of capital, and the dominance of corporate sectors, are typical attributes of a neoliberal behaviour1 . Governments often act according to this ideology: They emulate corporations and work according to the market logic of efficiency, competitiveness and profitability.2 Continue reading “How Neoliberalism Influences Immigration Policies in Modern Western States”

Italia Sì, Italia No: Explaining Tomorrow’s Referendum

On December 4th the Italian people will be called to the polling stations with a heavy lift on their shoulders: the Italian Constitution. But what exactly are we going to vote on? The campaigns have been intense and, therefore, we would like to dispel some myths surrounding the YES and NO camps.

Despite the desperate and harmful attempt to make this vote a test for the government – or rather of PM Matteo Renzi – by the very same Democratic Party and the oppositions, this referendum is about the much more lasting structure of the Italian institutions.

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The Dilemma of our Solidaric Values

It is very common in this day and age to talk about immigration and refugees. These are the two terms I will consequently use in this article even though sometimes in papers and in common speech other terms are used. In addition to this I would also like to clearly state that I am in favour of letting refugees into our countries, also making the statement to be very proud of my country Sweden and it’s consistent proud tradition of taking in refugees, which has benefits on a daily basis in various ways. Many of my closest friends are foreigners and it has been extremely beneficial for me to be a part of a multicultural society.

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An Alternative for Berlin?

14408147_10154643972719558_1117834378_oGiven the success of the rightwing populist party AfD, the outcome of the regional elections in Berlin last Sunday can hardly be considered a victory for the SPD, which remained the strongest force. If the political parties in Germany do not come up with true alternatives to revive the political debate, the influence of the AfD will continue growing.

What has happened to Berlin? What has happened to the European capital of ‘multi-kulti’, world-openness and progressive lifestyle? The rightwing populist party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has achieved 14,2% of vote at the regional elections and will have 25 seats in the regional parliament. The Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD) has 38 seats with 24,8% of vote. Continue reading “An Alternative for Berlin?”

Marginalised and Disenfranchised: The Post-Brexit Fate of EU Migrants?

Nearly 3 million EU migrants in the UK face losing the rights and privileges of EU citizens in the UK

Brexit is looming. With some recent polls UK_Border,_Heathrowsuggesting a momentum towards Leave, and the Brexiteers in buoyant spirits, the UK is closer than ever before to drifting off into the Atlantic. Though most commentators still believe Remain will eventually prevail, it is now time to consider what the consequences of Brexit might be for those Europeans living in the UK, who, like me, have not acquired British citizenship.

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The winners and losers of Post-Paris

paristtAfter the dust has settled, a pattern of winners and losers are starting to appear as a result of the Paris attacks and their aftermath. This is a pattern where some are vigorously profiteering and thriving of the aftermath, while others are succumbing to more and more pressure and difficulties as a result of the attacks.

One of the most immediate winners of the attacks and their aftermath is the weapons industry. As pointed out by Gleen Greenwald in an article published in The Intercept, directly after the attacks the stocks of major weapons manufacturers like Lockheed and General Dynamics surged, and kept on rising for some time. This is putting the spotlight Continue reading “The winners and losers of Post-Paris”

Elecciones en España: un nuevo tablero electoral

RajoyOver two weeks ago, on Thursday 3rd of December, the starting signal for the electoral campaign in Spain was given. Virtually at the same time as the popular streets of Gran Via in Madrid or La Rambla in Barcelona were being lit up with colorful Christmas lights, political banners displaying the images of the different candidates were hung.  Christmas and elections, as if all that mattered was to catch the eyes (and the votes) of everyone.

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Calabria: A Rough Diamond Still To Be Refined

Last summer I decided to organise a journey with a couple of friends to my second hometown, Taverna sulla Sila, a small village up in the mountains in the middle of one of Italy’s southernmost regions, Calabria. We planned the whole journey in such a way to be able to see as much as possible of this remote and forgotten region. We travelled from north to south, from one coast to the other, crossing twice the famous motorway, the Salerno-Reggio Calabria, which with its 443km of length splits the region in two sides and almost connects the Italian peninsula with its largest island Sicily.

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Chronicles from #BrusselsLockdown

fd8964ca-5490-4d35-b517-ebda1b3e418eYesterday everything seemed to be back to normal. I went jogging in the morning, and I didn’t run into a single soldier. Even the soldiers that are usually stationed in front of the synagogue were not there – I later learned that the authorities had asked the synagogue to close straight away, and that therefore the security was not needed but rather moved to more urgent spots. I later went to Ixelles, a burgeoning neighbourhood just east of the city centre, to watch a football Continue reading “Chronicles from #BrusselsLockdown”