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Energy Policy: European, National, Regional?

When it comes to energy policy, EU countries go their own way with little regard for other member states. What strategies exist in the EU Commission to coordinate and integrate energy markets? Are these strategies consistent with national plans currently in action? Is it too late to establish a unified energy policy? What can be achieved in a unified energy policy given the considerable differences in resource endowment and political preferences in energy strategies? Can the effectiveness of EU energy policy objectives be enhanced through policy coordination at the regional scale? This Forum seeks to provide answers to these questions.


Book Launch with Massimo D’Alema

It’s Not Just About Euro

On 12 January 2015, 6 p.m. Massimo D’Alema will present his book "It´s not just about Euro" at the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW) in Hamburg. His new book proposes a different Europe. It develops a concrete proposal for Europe to finally move beyond austerity to a more democratic and inclusive Union, able to recover its role on the international stage. This is a passionate exhortation for progressives to address the crucial decisions that lie ahead. 

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The Great Devolution of Powers Bazaar

On 18 September 2014, 55 per cent of Scots voted to retain Scotland's 307-year-old union with England and Wales. However, the referendum result was not a vote for the status quo. The political legacy of the referendum will be a fundamental change in the way the United Kingdom is governed. The narrow results have added to concerns that the UK's planned 2017 referendum on its continued EU membership will also be dangerously close. Meanwhile, Catalonia's president has hailed the Scottish referendum process, and independence-minded movements elsewhere in Europe are paying close attention to the results.


Letter from America

Wealthification in the United States and Europe

The “wealthification” of politics is an important contributor to governance problems, weak accountability and unsatisfactory economic performance in many democratic countries. Billionaires are pouring extensive resources into supporting their favored candidates and causes or running for office themselves, raising important questions about excessive influence, especially against a backdrop of poor transparency, weak news coverage and performance challenges in political systems around the world.


Figure of the Month

Probability of Achieving a Managerial Position

This figure from the article Economic Inequality and Its Impact on Intergenerational Mobility by Maurizio Franzini and Michele Raitano shows that among equally well educated people, the probability of having a managerial position depends on one's parents' occupation. Click on the figure for further information.

Quote of the Month

Money and Politics

"The influence of the super-wealthy has developed at a time when countervailing institutions, such as the news media and political parties, are weak, and this has made it difficult to restrain the power of the rich."

- Darrell M. West's Letter from America Wealthification in the United States and Europe

Editor's Choice

Austerity's Internal Contradictions

In this 2012 Editorial, Michael Hudson criticises the austerity programmes that Germany and the IMF forced upon the eurozone crisis-stricken countries. He refers to austerity’s supporters as a “bankers’ sectarian cult”, arguing that the policy only benefits wealthy creditors, to the detriment of debtors and the non-wealthy 99%.


Volume 49 · 2014 · issue 5

Current Issue

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Most popular articles

  1. Is the Global Economy on the Brink of Recession?

    Vanessa Rossi, Carmen M. Reinhart, Vincent Reinhart, Klaus Abberger, Dean Baker, Justin Yifu Lin

  2. Austerity Measures in Crisis Countries – Results and Impact on Mid-term Development

    Vassilis Monastiriotis, Niamh Hardiman, Aidan Regan, Chiara Goretti, Lucio Landi, J. Ignacio Conde-Ruiz, Carmen Marín, Ricardo Cabral

  3. Central Bank Measures in Support of the Financial Sector in the EU and the United States

    Stéphanie Marie Stolz

  4. The Common Agricultural Policy After 2013

    Davide Viaggi, Jean-Christophe Bureau, Stefan Tangermann, Alan Matthews, Christophe Crombez, Louise Knops, Johan Swinnen

  5. Europe 2020 – A Promising Strategy?

    A. Bongardt, F. Torres, P. Pochet, I. Begg, L. Csaba, K. Lannoo, L. Soete, C. Egenhofer


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