European Polictics and Policy

European Polictics and Policy

London School of Economics and Political Science

EUROPP – European Politics and Policy is a multidisciplinary academic blog run by the London School of Economics and Political Science. Our central aim is to increase public understanding of European politics and policy by providing accessible academic commentary and research. We have no editorial ‘line’ beyond a commitment to communicating social science research and commentary in ways that enhance public debate and understanding.


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LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science · 5 July 2024 English

On 5 July 2015, Greek voters rejected a proposed bailout plan in a referendum that made headlines across the world. Nine years after the referendum, Panagiotis E. Petrakis reflects on …


LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science · 3 July 2024 English

The democratic transition of countries in Eastern Europe during the 1990s, the EU’s eastern enlargement that began in 2004, and more recent concerns about democratic backsliding in the region have …


LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science · 2 July 2024 English

The rise of populism has been described as the “revenge of the places that don’t matter”. But how does “place” shape support for populism? Drawing on a new study, Kai …


LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science · 1 July 2024 English

On 12 June, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced Armenia would leave its military alliance with Russia under the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Taras Kuzio argues it would be naïve …


LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science · 27 June 2024 English

The EU responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with an unprecedented set of measures, including its Next Generation EU recovery package. Gianmarco Fifi examines what the EU’s response can tell us …


LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science · 26 June 2024 English

The effects of climate change have become far more noticeable in recent years, with abnormally high temperatures recorded across the world. Maria Cotofan, Karlygash Kuralbayeva and Konstantinos Matakos examine how …


LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science · 25 June 2024 English

Security and economic development have been two central themes for Latvia since it joined the European Union in 2004. Lelde Luika explains that while the EU still has a strong …


LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science · 24 June 2024 English

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 prompted German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to speak of a Zeitenwende (turning point) in German defence policy. Benjamin Daßler and Moritz Weiss argue …


LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science · 21 June 2024 English

Brazil will host the next G20 summit in November. Robert H. Wade writes the summit will present several major challenges for its hosts, not least how to bridge geopolitical tensions …


LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science · 20 June 2024 English

Cities are key to Europe’s future, but the EU has always had a slightly uncertain relation to its urban centres. Ben Rogers discusses what a new European Parliament and European …