The Art of Peace: Saving Arms Control

May 13, 2019

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

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

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 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

Getting Your Own House In Order

March 14, 2018 Human Rights and International Law

The humanitarian sector has been lagging behind in preventing sexual harassment and abuse committed between humanitarian workers. In the aftermath of the Oxfam scandal, the issue is gaining momentum. But words must be followed by the implementation of robust counter-policies.

Serafine Dinkel

Taming the Dragon? Europe and the AIIB

February 28, 2018 Economic Policy

As China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank becomes a recognized instrument of global economic governance, European Union member states should use their voting power to influence the Bank’s agenda and practices. However, Europe must be aware of certain limitations.

Balázs Kiss

Fossil Fuels: The Case For Ending Producer Subsidies

February 27, 2018

Our guest in this epsiode is Tim Pfefferle, one of the winners of our writing competition on new economic thinking. We discuss his article on fossil fuels and producer subsidies, their detrimental impact on climate change and global climate governance as well as possible ways out of this quagmire. We also talk about the European Investment Bank and their largest investment in the energy sector ever – €1.5 billion for a gas pipeline.

Tim Pfefferle & Felix Hoffmann

The Dangerous Depoliticization of Economic Numbers

February 26, 2018 Economic Policy

Daniel DeRock exposes the shaky foundations of macroeconomic statistical methods – from GDP figures to debt measurement – and argues for a fundamental rethinking of how scholars and policymakers engage with quantitative indicators.

Daniel Derock

RE: Divide and Rule

February 22, 2018 European Policy

The EU should be wary: China bought its way into Cambodia to undermine the coherence of the region’s prime institution, ASEAN – and a similar strategy is being applied in the Union’s periphery. Here’s how Brussels can dodge history’s boomerang without compromising on its strategic interests vis-à-vis its ever-closer Eastern Neighbor.

Moritz Valentino Matzner

Blockchain and the Fight Against Illicit Financial Flows

February 19, 2018 Development and Global Health

Illicit financial flows have staggering consequences for global health and development in the world’s poorest countries. Existing policies address this issue but their success is limited by a paradigm of centralization. Blockchain and mobile technologies have enabled new policy possibilities around a paradigm of decentralization and disaggregation to a wider range of stakeholders.

Michael Brooks