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EU 7 year Budget will get the nod – soon

PWB Co-Director John Howarth sets out our analysis the EUs 2021-27 budget and recovery package and concludes it will receive political approval sooner rather than later. This week the European Parliament begins to consider the outcome of the European heads on government summit held in mid-July which found agreement on the coming seven-year budget – […]

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A Real and Present Danger to Democracy

By John Howarth, PWB Co-Director The recent lecture by Sir Richard J Evans presented to Gresham College in London entitled “Is populism a threat to democracy?” raises some interesting issues. Professor Evans’ central arguments are correct but, in my opinion, misses essential nuances about populism and fascism in the modern world. Professor Evans is an […]

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Beirut – a test for international aid

The catastrophic blast in Beirut presents a massive challenge to the international community at an unprecedented time of crisis and a test to the UK’s willingness and ability to contribute and integrate effectively post-Brexit. The extent of the blast, whatever detail may lie behind its origin, has done indiscriminate damage way beyond any reasonable expectation […]

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Transformative technology, markets and society

This Blog is re-posted from John Howarth’s MEP website and based on his contribution to “An Industry Vision for a Renewed Europe”, a debate organised at the European Parliament by the European Forum for Manufacturing on 6 March 2019. We are told, and it happens to be true, that we stand at a time of vast […]

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Populism after covid

A PWB Seminar Politics Without Borders will be hosting a seminar in September 2020 which will consider the stage of populism around European states and beyond. Following the first eight months of the covid-19 crisis the US elections will be a landmark event in a unique context. What might it represent and how does democracy […]

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Response to UK Labour’s consultation on Green Recovery

Labour’s National Policy Forum published a consultation paper on a Green Recovery to follow the covid-19 crisis which closed on 20 July 2020. Climate policy is a key area of work for Politics Without Borders. Our brief response argues that, rather than re-inventing the wheel, Labour should seek to integrate the United Nations Sustainable Development […]

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Grabbing the Future Back from Nationalists

Mike Buckley, Seb Dance and John Howarth. How has Brexit impacted on the UK’s COVID-19 response and why is the UK’s future relationship with the European Union now more important than ever? The UK has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in Europe and – after the US – in the world. While the Government […]

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Time to invest in strengthening the EU’s capacity

Pro-Europeans need to go on the offensive and ensure Euroscepticism doesn’t gain any ground during the current crisis, argue Seb Dance, John Howarth and Mike Buckley. Anyone who’s agonised over a jigsaw during the lockdown, or attempted a particularly complicated Lego structure will appreciate the adage that it is far easier to destroy than it […]