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Politicians have a responsibility to smooth the rough edges of capitalism (In Slovene)


July 19, 2014

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies; Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research

Erik Jones is interviewed by Slovene online newspaper Delo. He comments that Europe has been active than many are willing to admit, citing banking union as an example. He proposes that the Troika slowly be broken up, and that the ECB, the European Commission and new institutions take over the powers and responsibilities of the IMF. On the internal causes of the crisis, Jones believes quite a lot could happen in the European context to trigger a renewed flight to quality, which could very rapidly drain liquidity from a range of periphery countries and the Baltics, but also from Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. An internal trigger of this type could take the form of a serious row with the UK that raises the possibility of a British exit from the EU, or the bankruptcy of one of the major clearing houses.


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Tajani-Governo, l'ennesimo pasticcio italiano (in Italian)


June 30, 2014

Marco Gestri Adjunct Professor of International Law

Professor Marco Gestri comments on the clash between the Italian government and the exiting European Commissioner Antonio Tajani. Tajani had requested clarity regarding the Italian non-compliance with the EU directive on the timing payments from the public sector. This action stirred controversy that the Italian commissioner was working against his own country. Gestri notes that the question was handled poorly by the Italian government. Rather than criticize Tajani, energy would have been better spent in emphasizing the work underway internally to resolve the payments issue.


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Intervista a David Unger sulla crisi in Iraq (in Italian)


June 24, 2014

David C. Unger Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy

Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy David Unger is interviewed by Italian Radio Radicale on the crisis in Iraq. He explains why the US most move with caution in responding to the requests of prime minister Al Maliki to initiate air strikes against ISIS militants. Unger comments on the disastrous effects of the 2003 intervention, the breakdown of the Iraqi state and the marginalization of the Sunni minority. He notes that it will be impossible for Iraq to accept a central government out of Baghdad led by Al Maliki.


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The Italian Left and Foreign Policy


June 9, 2014

Gianfranco Pasquino James Anderson Senior Adjunct Professor

A conference on The Italian Left and Foreign Policy was held in Cambridge (UK) on 9th June 2014, featuring three of SAIS Europe's renowned Italianists. Professor Gianfranco Pasquino delivered the keynote address "What's Left of the Italian Left?"; Professor Mark Gilbert discussed "The Italian Left in the Cold War: Beyond anti-Americanism" and Professor Erik Jones spoke on "The Italian Left between Europe and the Mediterranean". The three Bologna-based faculty are co-editors of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics.


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Asia-Pacific Regional Integration


June 5, 2014

Michael G. Plummer ENI Professor of International Economics
Faculty and Academic Liaison, SAIS Europe


Professor Michael Plummer contributed a piece to the economic blog Econbrowser on Asia-Pacific regional integration and its economic effects for the global trading system.


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Unione europea: Renzi e la strategia per favorire gli investimenti (in Italian)


June 3, 2014

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies; Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research

Professor Erik Jones offers his prediction on the position the Renzi government will take on the Fiscal Compact, which calls for a 20% annual reduction in debt exceeding 60% of GDP. For Italy this means 30 billion euro/year in nominal terms. Jones believes that Renzi will attempt to compensate by excluding investments from the EU calculations. Indeed, if investments  in particular those of EU origin  are excluded from the Brussels parameters, countries hit hardest by the crisis would have an incentive to spend, achieving growth and a reduction in their debt/GDP ratio. To achieve this goal Renzi will need to seek allies not only among Mediterranean neighbors but also look eastward to other nations whose ability to invest has been blocked by the fiscal compact.


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The Year the European Crisis Ended


June 1, 2014

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies; Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research

The electronic version of Professor Erik Jones' latest book "The Year the European Crisis Ended" has just been published by Palgrave/MacMillan. The work explains how political leaders' decisions and the European Central Bank actions led to the end of the European crisis even though the author argues that Europe is not yet resilient enough to ensure that it will not recur.


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Con Farage vince Little England (in Italian)


May 29, 2014

David W. Ellwood Senior Adjunct Professor of European Studies

Professor David Ellwood comments on the electoral success of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), which received 27,5% of the vote in the recent European elections. Ellwood does not believe however that this result will transfer to national politics as UKIP's anti-immigration, anti-EU platform will not obtain nation-wide consensus. Ellwood asserts that the UK is experiencing a globalization-induced identity crisis that has forced "Little England" - historically self-sufficient and uninterested in foreign affairs - to confront a new, more outward-focused reality.


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For Italians, Complex Ties to the E.U


May 5, 2014

Gianfranco Pasquino James Anderson Senior Adjunct Professor

Gianfranco Pasquino comments on Italian perceptions of the European Union. He blames Italy's politicians for the soured view of the European Union and notes that "no prominent Italian politician in recent years  with the exception of President Giorgio Napolitano  has risked his political career on Europe". What Italians resent about the European Union is also what they appreciate about it: "without Europe, we would have sunk into the Mediterranean, and that would have been bad for Europe, too".


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Pasquino e l'azione del premier: "presto peseranno le cose non fatte" (in Italian)


April 25, 2014

Gianfranco Pasquino James Anderson Senior Adjunct Professor

On the eve of the European elections Professor Gianfranco Pasquino comments on the performance of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the distribution of the various political parties in Italy. He acknowledges the strong polling of the Democratic Party (almost at the threshold of 33%) and the high personal approval ratings of Renzi at 52%. Pasquino cautions however that Renzi must soon move beyond promises if he wants to keep polling at this numbers, rates which Pasquino attributes to the lack of real opposition from within the Democratic Party.





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