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Models of the mind and de-radicalisation

Our understanding of how ‘radicalisation’ works – or indeed what it is, how it affects individuals and group is rooted in a number of...

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Small Worlds – Riffing off Peter Foster’s Facing Facts

Is Britain becoming a small nation? This is the question that Peter Foster, the Daily Telegraph’s new Europe Editor tries to answer in a...

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Risky business: Volkswagen’s special brand of cheating

Why do we cheat? In light of the recent VW scandal we thought it was worth asking what makes us do it—and are there...

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Rationality, Emotion and the Future of Europe

“The mistake is to assume that policymakers can simply choose between two perspectives – either voting with their pocketbooks while setting their emotions aside,...

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The lives of others: Can Germany´s past shed light on Greece´s present?

Germany´s stance on Greece has been described as rigid, demanding, and unforgiving. And while this rigidity is enacted by key political figures, the German...

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Welcome to the new coliseum: Abdication, surrender and the referendum moment in European politics

The Greek story is not just a story about Greece; it is a story about the radical changes affecting representative democracies. The turn to...

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A very British Populism

Here’s a chance to re-read Julian Baggini’s Counterpoint pamphlet.  A prescient and thoughful piece.  And a useful reminder of the role of UKIP on...

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Au revoir papa!

Jean Marie Le Pen announced today that he would not stand in the regional electionsto be held in December 2015.  This suggests that Marine...

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Populist politics and the media: a comparative study

What part has the media played in the rise of populist politics and populist politicians in Europe?  For many the media in its various...

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The Italian Job:  learning to cope with populists?

We are at turning point in the way in which the mainstream deals with populists.   For those of us who have been studying...

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Bonne Année – Local realities of migration: emotions, institutions, conflict and cooperation

Counterpoint explored local and personal experiences of migration in communities across four European countries (France, Germany, Sweden and Italy), and here we set out...

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Historic errors set in stone

Public monuments seem to have become the lightning rod of our cultural wars: from Robert E Lee, to Cecil Rhodes, to intimations that Nelson...