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Crisis of politics or crisis of the left?

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Should the European Union adopt a Common European Army ?

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By Eponine Howarth  The weekly newspaper “New Europe” published an article entitled “Germany says it’s time for a European Defence Union” on September 8th 2016. Indeed, Ursula Von Der Leyen, German Defence Minister, said so while on NATO business in Vilnius, Lithuania. The idea of a European Defence Community, aiming for common institutions, a common budget and a common army, had been proposed by the French Prime Minister, René Pleven,…

Re-Examining the UK’s Role in the Refugee Crisis

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By Stefanos Argyros, Features Editor More than 650 000 refugees and asylum seekers have undertaken the perilous journey to Europe, hoping for a better future,one of security and dignity where they will be able to live unfettered from the oppression of an authoritarian regime and the spectre of war. As the seemingly intractable conflicts in Syria and beyond wear on, the influx of refugees and asylum seekers will not subside….

The Impact of Brexit on LSE Students

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by Giuditta Morandi and Dominik Huller, We were glad to see that the successful passing of the motion ‘Should the LSESU support the continued membership of the UK in the EU?’ was mentioned in a previous edition of The Beaver. However, on the following pages, two opinion articles making the case for Brexit were published. As strong proponents of freedom of speech and anything that comes along with it, it’s…

What the Eurosceptics Forgot to Tell You

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by Léo Wilkinson, Reading and writing about the EU’s weaknesses is how I spend most days and nights at the LSE: I am a postgraduate student at the European Institute. Is it somewhat disheartening? Absolutely. Yet it is certainly better than reading misplaced criticism with misquoted evidence about the EU thrown together by fellow LSE students. In an attempt to bring some of us back to reality, I will respond…

Alfano and the Call to Absent Arms

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by Francesca Bucchi On Tuesday 13 October, the Italian Interior Minister, Angelino Alfano, gave a speech on a very delicate topic for current European politics: migration and its related security concerns. Being from Italy, a country that has long suffered the burden of having to deal with thousands of migrants arriving daily on its shores, no one could have possibly illustrated such a pressing issue better than an Italian policy-maker….

Get your Drachmas out?

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By Martha Petrocheilos Greece has managed to become Angela Merkel’s ultimate nightmare; one could say the same about the rest of Europe. With the country having dominated the headlines and demonised by the media more than any other Member State, Greece has been the protagonist of its own circus show for way too long. After six years of recession, Greece seemed to be on the mend, re-entering the bond market,…

The Many Reasons That I Won’t Be Voting UKIP

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I was almost brought to tears recently when the constituency of Rochester, in my home town of Medway, elected Mark Reckless as the UK’s second UKIP MP in a by-election. I could being with why I am personally disgusted by many of UKIPs policies, even more with the lack of public knowledge of them and the fact my home is degraded by their presence, but I feel it would be…

Meet Charlie, the biggest hypocrite of Europe

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has thTwo issues have sprung up in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper: the right to free expression and the issue of tolerance. Both are highly praised in the western world, but are in fact quite incompatible. The enormous show of solidarity from a range of countries in support of France’s tragic loss is commendable and I greatly admire it. However, the issue…

‘The European Idea Has Remained Resilient’: BBC Europe Editor Addresses LSESU Politics and Forum Society

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The BBC Europe Editor Gavin Hewitt insisted that the European idea remains alive and well across the continent, as he addressed LSESU Politics and Forum Society on Thursday evening. Speaking to a healthy crowd in Clement House, Mr Hewitt drew on his extensive knowledge of the European Union and its policymakers to give an engaging talk on the challenges facing the organisation in the wake of the Eurozone crisis. Mr…