Reforms Aren’t Zip Ties: Understanding Ukraine’s Current Struggle

March 14, 2020

A desire for quick and easy fixes has emerged among the Ukrainian population. This desire is in part the result of a discrepancy between slow but steady political change and the public perception of stagnation. If this gap is not closed by increased communication measures, popular support for reforms will break off and jeopardize future progress.

Charlotte Felbinger, Klara Lindahl and Elena Leuschner

Three Policy Shifts to Harness the Potential of Technological Progress

March 8, 2020

Technological progress as it stands today focuses on irrelevant questions and ignores possible dangers, instead of leveraging democratization and social mobility. Three policy shifts are necessary to stop wasting the potential of technological progress.

Nicolas Zahn

Combatting Corruption: An Institutional Economics Approach for More Integration in the Eurozone

February 10, 2020

This article defends an enforceable EU anti-corruption mechanism to restore trust between creditor and debtor countries of the Eurozone. Through an institutional economics approach, it argues that strengthening national institutions is key for further economic integration because accumulating debt is possible so long as institutions are competent, such as Belgium and France.

Johann Diaz Manzano

Désir d’indépendance et interdépendance Européenne : un paradoxe à résoudre

February 6, 2020

L’interdépendance croissante des pays et des peuples européens d’une part, et la montée du sentiment ainsi que des mouvements politiques anti-européens d’autre part, constituent un paradoxe, qu’il convient de résoudre en promouvant l’européanité via un renforcement des coopérations transfrontalières.

Théodore Tallent & Meryl Merran

Avoiding Babel: Improving Climate Change Communication

May 28, 2019 Energy and Environment

One of the major obstacles to climate change policy is denialism. The discrepancy between our linear way of thinking and the systemic nature of climate change is a key obstacle to action against climate change. A change in communication strategies is essential for success.

Tea Cimini

The Moment of Hope in Syria’s Revolution

May 26, 2019

The Policy Corner Podcast Series is back – this time a little different. We’re bringing you the story of Mulham Hendawy, a journalist from Aleppo, Syria. He is taking us onto the streets of Aleppo, and tells us the story of how the Syrian revolution began for him and how it all played out.

Felix Hoffmann

The Art of Peace: Saving Arms Control

May 13, 2019 Peace and Security

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Agreement is all but dead. In order to minimize the risk of a new arms race, the EU should strengthen its efforts to include China in the dialogue on arms control.

Hannah Elten

Privatized Development Aid: A Path to Nowhere

May 9, 2019 Development and Global Health

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are increasingly replacing official development aid, as stated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. But PPPs have flaws in important areas such as accounta-bility and transparency. Their effectiveness in improving value for money, especially in developing countries, is subject to debate.

Tom Josten

Can We Nudge the Diabetes Crisis Away? A UK Perspective

April 16, 2019 Politics and Society

Tackling the growing diabetes crisis with short-term behavioral-inspired lifestyle interventions is a positive step forward, but not enough to ensure long-term behavioral change. The UK government must also address the structural issues contributing to diabetes using traditional economic policies such as extending the sugar tax and enacting stricter advertising regulations and zoning laws.

Martha Selwyn

A New Parliament for the Eurozone?

April 5, 2019 European Policy

European economic policy is suffering from a democratic deficit, leading to calls for a separate parliamentary assembly for the Eurozone. Parliamentary involvement in economic affairs is needed to regain legitimacy and transparency and should be a top priority for Eurozone states.

Gabriele Furia