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

A New Global Peace Paradigm

December 31, 2017

Welcome to Episode 6 of our policycorner.org podcast series! In this episode, Sarah Bressan talks about multilateralism, national self-interest and rising tensions in the United Nations over which of these paradigms will characterize the future of international collaboration. We also talk about the US’ recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and […]

Sarah Bressan & Felix Hoffmann

A New Global Peace Paradigm

December 21, 2017 Peace and Security

Which policies should states adopt to bring peace to conflict-ridden areas around the globe?
This question is at the forefront of global and national political debates and the recent 72nd United Nations General Assembly session has shown an international community at a crossroads. Decisive steps in foreign and security policy beyond national self-interest are needed to ensure a path to a more peaceful world.

Sarah Bressan

China and the IMF – Convergence or Conflict?

November 24, 2017

In this episode, we discuss China’s economic rise, its growing aspirations on the global stage and what all of this means for global institutions such as the International Monetary Fund. We also talk about heightened tensions in the South China Sea and looming conflict between the longtime hegemon United States and the emerging superpower China.

Riccardo Ramacci & Felix Hoffmann

Bringing Human Rights Home

October 24, 2017

In this episode we discuss human rights, the sustainable development goals and what role transnational cooperations have in realizing them with Policy Corner co-founder Fabio Thoma.

Felix Hoffmann & Fabio Thoma

Metropolis 2.0: Cities’ Power to Shape a Greener Future

October 22, 2017 Energy and Environment

Current urbanization rates will lead to an increased concentration of people and economic activities in megacities, offering both opportunities and dangers for sustainability. Future development strategies should focus on achieving low-carbon urban growth. At the same time, cities need to take a more active role in seeking inter-urban cooperation.

Rafael Widmer

Child or Migrant?

September 25, 2017 Human Rights and International Law

While governments quarrel over closed borders, unaccompanied children that migrate to Europe in hope of a better life are often detained in inadequate conditions facing life threatening dangers, missing critical months of schooling and undergoing hardship that no person should endure, let alone a child. There is a need for harmonization of protection standards at the European level and a total abolition of the practice of detaining unaccompanied migrant children.

Alexandra Luisa Rinaldi