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The Italian electoral campaign and the issue of immigration: a Twitter analysis in the aftermath of the Macerata attack

Interestingly enough, the presence of hashtags such as #itaexit and #noEU suggests a clear link – in the ‘national closure’ discourse – between anti-immigration and anti-European sentiment. 

On the eve of the German elections, Alternative für Deutschland prevails on Twitter

Populist parties have a higher capacity to exploit digital arenas to boost and propagate their slogans and influence the political agenda. This should not be underestimated by mainstream political forces.

Romania: a social democratic anomaly in eastern Europe?

Romania should be the ideal playground for right-populist parties, but in its recent election it was the Social Democrats who left everyone else in the dust.

Moving towards a fiscal capacity for the euro area: some politico-economic considerations

The implementation of a strengthened fiscal capacity for the Eurozone should proceed by taking into account all its political and economic implications.

The executive deficit of the European Union

The oft-repeated mantra of ‘more coordination’ won’t provide a real solution to Europe’s political crises unless the EU’s dual executive architecture is first rationalized and democratized.

Spain’s social model in the balance as parties attempt to form a government

In the context of a highly perceptible erosion of social rights, labour market and tax reform have taken on a significant centrality in coalition talks.

The relevance of Keynesian economics for Europe

Keynesian economics continues to reveal its relevance as an alternative to mainstream approaches, as The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes reaches its eightieth year.

The troubling link between economic and political inequality in Europe

Trust in institutions is not equally distributed among populations. In general, people from higher social strata show most support for the political system, as they're the ones who mostly benefit from it.

Renzi vs Juncker: a social media analysis

If Matteo Renzi hoped to gain support among Italian eurosceptics in his quarrel with Jean-Claude Juncker, the reaction on Twitter says he was not so successful.

Cameron’s renegotiation speech and intra-EU migration: how the web reacted

Using natural language processing (NLP) techniques, we have analysed reactions to Cameron’s speech on Twitter, focusing in particular on the sensitive issue of intra-EU migration.

Fraternity: a realistic starting point for solidarity in the EU

Rather than solidarity, perhaps we should be striving for the less ambitious but more realistic concept of fraternity as a goal for the European project.

The Eurozone crisis and the future of Europe, as viewed from Greece

As new rulers (and their voters) gradually realize that austerity cannot be simply voted out of existence, or prosperity into existence, the prevailing mood is that of a bad hangover.

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