EurActiv.com by Andrea Stocchiero, Jessica Poh-Janrell
The EU’s new partnership with Third World countries, modelled on the controversial Turkey deal, and trust funds to limit migration and return refugees to their home countries, have little safeguards for human rights, argue Jessica Poh-Janrell and Andrea Stocchiero of CONCORD.
Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday (6 December) lashed out at populists trying to exploit fears over Germany’s refugee influx, but set out a tough line on integration, including a ban on the veil, as she launched into election campaign mode.
Ultimately, the economic claims made by Remain were unconvincing because those in power made them so.
Participants in a pro-EU, anti-Brexit march pass through Piccadilly in London on July 23, 2016.Wikicommons/Katy Blackwood. Some rights reserved.Is the future of EU nationals in the UK really in jeopardy?
Both left and right populism are based on a low opinion of public intelligence (an assumption, incidentally, shared with neoliberalism). What is needed is an ‘intelligent populism’.
Donald Trump with supporters. Flickr/Gage Skidmore. Some rights reserved.Neoliberalism channels vast wealth upwards, in turn supplying the financial, social and cultural capital necessary to maintain power despite enormous global economic, social and environmental instability. The 2008 financial crisis, the biggest since the 1920s, did not bring neoliberalism to its knees, it in fact strengthened its resolve. Banks in the UK and US demanded to be bailed out by the government and the ‘austerity’ agenda spread across Europe. After a period of stunned disbelief, the establishment convinced the public that it was in fact the excesses of social democracy that caused the public debt incurred as a result of this bailout.
Commission chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas took a question yesterday (6 December) on the consequences of the possible appointment of Mogherini as Prime Minister of Italy, following the resignation of Matteo Renzi.
For the sixth time the Pisa Study has compared the performances of half a million 15-year-old schoolchildren from 72 states. Singapore’s pupils took first place in the ranking, while Estonia, which came third, did best out of all the European countries. Some commentators criticise that too little attention is being paid to academic performance. Others complain that the education system is failing to guarantee equal opportunities.