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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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Designing Belonging: A Counterpoint + 27e Région debate

On February 25th Counterpoint and La 27e Région debated diversity, belonging and resilience.  Counterpoint Director Catherine FIESCHI and French philosopher Emmanuel DELESSERT discussed the ways...

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Bridges Retreat 2015

We gathered at Cowley Manor from across Europe last week, in the immediate aftermath of the Greek elections and at a time of deep...

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Love and Loathing in 2015: The power of place and the return of sentiment

Working in Rabat with a group of thirty-something policy analysts last week-end, I walked on eggshells as they gently but firmly pressed me on...

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How firm is UKIP’s support? (again)

There’s no denying it: UKIP’s rise in the past three years has been remarkable. In the 2010 general election, UKIP scored a measly 3...

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Can economists be innocent?

“It’s completely ridiculous of you to think that’s a sensible question to ask.” This was how Paul Krugman, public intellectual and economist, answered a...

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Facing the populist challenge – workshop in Berlin

As part of our ongoing work on populism, we are delighted to run an interactive workshop in Berlin on populism and European democracy with Democratic...

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50ft Women confidence workshop

Take a deep breath’, ‘just do it’ and, slightly more to the point, ‘do or die’, are some of the mantras we left with...

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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...