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Cameron implora gli scozzesi (in Italian)


September 10, 2014

David W. Ellwood Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

Professor David Ellwood discusses the impending Scottish referendum on Swiss television. He notes that this consultation is characterized by questions of democracy rather than identity. The Scottish parliament seeks greater powers to no longer be subject to the strong hegemony that London exerts over the entire UK, in particular with regard to finance and economics. On the other hand, Ellwood also points out the factors that work against Scottish independence including their weak, peripheral economy and the absence of a political class ready to step in.


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Dimostreremo che il bonus degli 80 euro non è stato uno scherzo (in Italian)


August 18, 2014

Filippo Taddei Assistant Professor of Economics

Filippo Taddei is interviewed by the Italian daily Corriere della Sera regarding the Italian government's economic strategy, the pillars of which are the reduction of public expenditure (without compromising social welfare) and a tax cut for workers and businesses. The tax cut is the first to be financed, beginning with an 80 euro monthly bonus for workers and a reduction in the regional tax on business (IRAP). Taddei is Associate Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe and head economic advisor to Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party.


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The case for UK air strikes in Iraq


August 13, 2014

David C. Unger Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy

David C. Unger argues in a letter to the editor that Western military intervention in support of Kurdistan can only muddy the case that Russian military support for Ukrainian separatists is inadmissible. Unger is Adjunct Professor of US Foreign Policy at Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe.


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Clinton's break with Obama


August 11, 2014

David C. Unger Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy

David Unger discusses Hillary Clinton's recent criticism of President Obama's foreign policy on Syria, calling it consistent with Clinton's positions both in the administration and before. She is basically a believer in the use of military force for humanitarian purposes. He adds that Clinton's criticism of Obama is more than just political posturing, noting "I would say it's political calculation, but it's not only political calculation. I am sure these are her honest beliefs, as well, and she is entitled to state them."


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Scozia in solitaria (in Italian)


August 6, 2014

David W. Ellwood Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

David Ellwood is interviewed by Italian Radio Rai 3 regarding the current debate surrounding Scottish independence. Ellwood is Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe.


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EU Sanctions Against Russia Are a Double-Edged Sword


August 3, 2014

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

Jones discusses how the financial elements of the European Union's "third stage" sanctions will effect Russian economy. Jones notes that EU should be cautious in its use of financial leverage. Even if Europe encourages the Russian government to change its policy toward Ukraine, the Russian government will respond over the longer term by seeking financial arrangements that leave it less exposed to such coercion. Jones argues that the EU's cause is just, and the instrument they have chosen is likely to prove effective, however the long-term global effects of Europe's financial sanctions on Russia should be taken into consideration so that when economic relations do return to normal, European leaders create sufficient incentives for Russia to resist the temptation to go it alone.


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An EU-South Mediterranean Energy Community: The Right Policy for the Right Region?


July 30, 2014

Simone Tholens Adjunct Professor of International Relations

The latest issue of the International Spectator, the quarterly journal of the Italian think tank Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), features an article by JHU SAIS Europe Adjunct Professor Simone Tholens entitled An EU-South Mediterranean Energy Community: The Right Policy for the Right Region?. Tholens writes that the European Commission has spelled out its policy ambition for EU energy cooperation with the southern neighborhood with plans for the establishment of an 'Energy Community'. She expresses puzzlement that the European Commission insists on repackaging this enlargement concept in a region with very different types of relationships vis-à-vis the EU, especially when considering the lukewarm position of key stakeholders in the field.


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La guerra di Mike Pane e...fantasia (in Italian)


July 25, 2014

David W. Ellwood Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

David Ellwood discusses the Marshall Plan on one of Italy's most-watched history programs, La Grande Storia.


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Renzi's Stimulus to Prevent Italy Contraction in 2014, Aide Says


July 25, 2014

Filippo Taddei Assistant Professor of Economics

Filippo Taddei comments on Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's 10 billion euros of tax cuts to low-income earners and says that this measure will allow Italy to narrowly avoid a contraction this year. He agrees with the most recent outlook from the Bank of Italy and the IMF which predict a GDP increase of just 0.3 percent for the euro-region's third-biggest economy. Without the tax cuts however, Taddei believes that Italy's GDP would rise no more than 0.1 percent this year.


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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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