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Revitalizing the EU requires new reforms that build on past successes

Sixty years after the Treaties of Rome, the European Union faces several contemporary challenges on both the political and economic front. With the staggering blow of the 2008-2009 recession, followed by the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone, and recent … Continue reading

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Can European integration increase people’s life satisfaction?

by Milena Nikolova and Boris Nikolaev The United Kingdoms’s decision to leave the European Union, or the so-called Brexit, poses important questions for the rest of Europe. Fears of a chain reaction and a contagion of “exits” have flooded public … Continue reading

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Can market mechanisms solve the refugee crisis?

As the flow of asylum seekers reaching Europe’s shores is rising again with the onset of spring, the European Union is increasingly forced to address a number of challenges. Disagreements over the unequal distribution of refugees across the EU have … Continue reading

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From challenge to opportunity: Europe and the refugee crisis

Up until recently, many Europeans knew images of large refugee camps and desperate families trying to cross borders only from TV screens. The unprecedented influx of refugees into Europe, the largest since World War II, have made these scenes reality … Continue reading

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Fair Mobility in Europe: Interview with former EU Commissioner Laszlo Andor

At an IZA Policy Seminar on March 11, László Andor (former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) examined the current discussion about mobility within the European Union. Responding to a tone of debate that he considers “distorted and … Continue reading

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Tradable quotas as a new way to deal with refugee inflows

How to handle the inflow of refugees to the European Union is one of the current hot topics in the media. Under the current regime, the share of inflows borne by EU member states is heavily skewed to a small … Continue reading

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Should Greece leave the European Union?

In light of the recent recession and demands by some observers that Greece and other Southern European countries should leave the Eurozone, politicians often point to the benefits of European integration for all countries. Without the EU, they say, growth … Continue reading

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