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Forum · Issue 2 · 2024
European Parliament Elections 2024: What Is at Stake?

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Forum · Issue 1 · 2024
Artificial Intelligence: Potential and Challenges for Europe

Forum · Issue 6 · 2023
The Future of EU Public Finances

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Forum · Issue 5 · 2023
Up to the Task? Post-Pandemic European Social Policy

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Forum
The Far Right and the 2024 European Elections

In mere electoral terms, the 2024 European elections will simply reflect the trend of the previous two European elections, i.e. an increase in MEPs from right-wing Eurosceptic and far-right parties. But in terms of political power, the upcoming elections could be a game changer, writes Cas Mudde.

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Reinventing Skills – Changing Paradigms

Europe needs to take into account this “variable geometry” of paradigms, enablers and constraints, blending funding instruments with technical support and fostering partnerships if it intends to remain competitive and facilitate a smooth digital and green transition without leaving anyone behind, writes Ciresica Feyer.

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Global Food Security
BRICS: World Heavyweight in Agricultural Trade

BRICS, the 15-year-old alliance of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has emerged as an important actor on the global political and economic stage, not least by expanding its membership to include middle-power states Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in early 2024, write Thomas Glauben and Ivan Duric.

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International Trade
China’s Trade Surplus

China’s merchandise trade surplus has reached an all-time high. A key driver appears to be a policy push to further bolster Chinese domestic manufacturing production, implying the danger of overcapacities, writes Jürgen Matthes.

Letter from America
The US Economy and the Election

Unemployment is low. Inflation has come down. Real earnings are rising. GDP growth has held up. But for some reason the voters are not happy! Perhaps the voters are sensible and the economists are obtuse, writes James K. Galbraith.

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Editorial
Europe's Cognitive Dissonance

The world has entered an age of permapolycrisis, writes Fabian Zuleeg. Our political leaders need to provide a forward-looking vision that provides a feasible but painful path to protect the values and interests of future European generations.

Quote of the Month

"Considering the long-term drop in the working-age population in advanced economies, for which higher migration rates will only be a partial answer, productivity policies need to be the central focus of economic policymaking for the foreseeable future."

Ekkehard Ernst and Lisa Feist

Tomorrow at Work: The Age of Shortages

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Volume 59
2024
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Positions of European parties on the EU integration and economic left-right dimensions

The EU political landscape can be understood in terms of two dimensions: the first is the pro-/anti-EU dimension, which separates parties that favour further EU integration from those who think EU integration has gone too far. The second is the left-right dimension that separates those who favour a market-based economy, a small government and low taxes, and those who favour government interventions to reach particular societal goals, such as low inequality and high employment.