Europe's Populist Left and Right Share a Common Call: State Intervention
Michael Plummer in the Wall Street Journal explained the recent wave of nationalizations across Europe, including that of Alitalia, Italy's flagship airline.“These calls for nationalizations, a policy that has been out of vogue in Europe because of the shortcomings of public ownership, are a way to lash out against the establishment,” said Plummer.
How to narrow the gap between Ardern's foreign policy aspirations and domestic debate
Nina Hall authored an article in the Conversation discussing how New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern can promote her progressive foreign policy despite a lack of consensus at home about New Zealand's role abroad. "Foreign policy debates should include a diverse range of views," Hall notes. "New Zealand might just be able to set an example - in an emergent ethical, participatory foreign policy - for other progressive countries seeking to rebuild their relationships in that changing international order."
Des politiques climatiques plus justes sont possibles (In French)
Simone Tagliapietra and colleague Georg Zachmann wrote in France's Le Monde that governments need to be more imaginative in limiting the effects of environmental measures on income distribution. In the aftermath of «gilets jaunes» saga, Tagliapietra notes that this type of social resistance will continue as climate policies are strengthened without plans to ensure equity in place.
Why is National joining the nationalists?
Nina Hall penned an editorial outlining developments coming out of New Zealand in regard to the Global Compact for Migration. The National party showed support for the compact early on and claims to be pro-migration, Hall writes, but in turning their backs on the UN's compact the Nationals are joining a nationalist club and denying the benefits of international solidarity on the issue.
The UN climate conference in Katowice: A message from the European capital of coal
Simone Tagliapietra reviews the arguments for and challenges to decarbonisation as the latest COP24 climate talks in Katowice, Poland come to an end. "Climate change is a complex global problem that needs international solutions. But it is clear that coal needs to go," Tagliapietra writes.
European Integration and Political Ownership: Fiction and Reality behind Structural Reforms and Risk-Sharing
Filippo Taddei authored a chapter in a recently published book analyzing the role of structural reforms and risk-sharing in regard to EU integration and political ownership. The chapter is within the European University Institute book entitled "Responses of European Economic Cultures to Europe's Crisis Politics: The Example of German-Italian Discrepancies."
Trade war: Focus turns to Thailand to conclude $7 trln RCEP
Michael Plummer published an editorial in the East Asia Forum of AEC News in which he calls the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) possibly "the second major Asia-led trade agreement in the wake of US President Donald Trump's exit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in 2017." Plummer goes on to label RCEP "a free trade area for the record books" should it come to fruition, that will "offer a powerful boost to the rules-based global trading system."
Is the U.N.'s new migration compact a major breakthrough?
Nina Hall presents a thorough look at the Global Compact for Migration in an article published in the Washington Post, discussing why the world needs an international agreement on the issue and what its shortcomings mean for migrants and refugees. Notably, Hall describes the significance of the Compact's glaring absences, including the United States, Australia, Hungary, Switzerland, Israel, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Italy.
Ein EU-Programm für den gerechten Kohleausstieg (In German)
Simone Tagliapietra in an article in the German publication Die Zeit lays out a plan for a "fair coal exit" at the EU level. Tagliapietra notes that despite the harm being done by coal as a source of energy, Europe struggles to break free from it. However, "there are ways to switch off coal without forgetting the workers, Tagliapietra writes.
EU moves to shield companies that trade with Iran from U.S. sanctions
Sanam Vakil outlines the economic realities facing EU businesses as the United States seeks a tougher stance on Iran, despite EU governments backing the deal the US pulled itself out of months ago. “The intention is to create some economic independence for European companies so that they're not so vulnerable to American pressure," said Vakil. “These companies are not going to risk losing their American business and engaging in a legal battle that could then affect their revenue and their bottom line," she added.