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Counterpoint hosts regular events across the world and publishes a variety of articles, news items and briefs. On this page you will find all of these including Counterpoints, our flagship series of commentary pieces

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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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Entretien: Mixité sociale et diversité

Nos sociétés doivent gérer la diversité, c’est un enjeu de plus en plus urgent,  à la fois social, politique, sécuritaire, économique. Mais nous en...

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Understanding public reactions to home-­grown terrorism – a one day event

Recent events in Paris and Copenhagen have reinforced the importance of understanding and responding to public reactions to home-grown terrorism. How is the public...

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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...

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Developing a new language of persuasion: Counterpoint’s workshops on framing

With public distrust of expertise at an all-time high, and an increasing demand for transparency, the messages of carefully constructed campaigns can easily fail...

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Europe’s riddle: Migration, community experiences and public opinion

Counterpoint examines the local experience of migration and integration across five European countries in light of continuing migration into Europe. Our research in Sweden,...