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The Achilles’ Curve: Greece’s Management of the Covid-19 Crisis

Share the post "The Achilles’ Curve: Greece’s Management of the Covid-19 Crisis" Greece handled the coronavirus crisis “so well, so far” according to CNN journalist Nic Robertson. The country’s strict lockdown ended on 5 May 2020, after fifty days with schools and non-essential businesses as well as many public spaces closed. As a result, Greece has been reporting an average of less than fifteen new Covid-19 cases per day since April 24. Prime Minister Kyriakos...

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Revue de Presse : 19 janvier

Share the post "Revue de Presse : 19 janvier" La revue Dissent consacre son dernier numéro à la question de « la démocratie et le barbarisme », réinterprétant la fameuse phrase de Rosa Luxembourg (« socialisme ou barbarisme ») à l’âge des néo-nationalismes et des catastrophes climatiques. Editeur de ce numéro spécial, le juriste écologiste Jedediah Purdy définit le barbarisme comme « un système qui transforme des gens en ennemis et oppresseurs les uns des autres … qui...

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Youthful Indiscretions

Share the post "Youthful Indiscretions" The otherwise dull-as-dishwater campaign for the European elections has produced one amusing passe-d’armes involving two rather surprising combatants: Nathalie Loiseau, the head of LREM’s list, and Edwy Plenel, the editor of Médiapart. Médiapart revealed that when Loiseau was a student at SciencesPo, her name appeared on a list of candidates for the far-right student organization UED (affiliated with the notorious extremist group...

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Is this blog post legal (under new EU copyright law)?

How new EU rules on using snippets from news publishers and on copyright infringement liability might affect circulation of information, revenue distribution, market power and EU business competitiveness. By: Catarina Midoes Date: April 8, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance On March 26th 2019, after more than two years of negotiations and 50 amendments by the European Parliament, the Copyright Directive was...

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ICT revolution key to populist political surge

Developments in digital technology have prompted a ‘tabloidisation’ of traditional media, created opportunities for the misuse of information online, and closed the decision-making horizon for politicians. This article was first published by The International Economy. Looking only for economic roots of the recent wave of populism may lead to a one-sided diagnosis. It is true that many countries suffer from slow or no growth, financial turbulence, excessive polarisation of income and...

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How visible are independent fiscal institutions in public debate?

Independent fiscal institutions have no formal powers to act and have to rely on soft power to influence the budgetary process. This blog post investigates how they exercise this soft power by enhancing public scrutiny of fiscal policies. By: Grégory Claeys Date: April 3, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance In the aftermath of the crisis, new EU legislation[1] was introduced requiring member states to put in...

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Pressman on When the American Press Became Modern

Share the post "Pressman on When the American Press Became Modern" Review of Matthew Pressman, On Press: The Liberal Values That Shaped the News (Harvard University Press, 2018) Readers imagining the history of the American news media might think of William Randolph Hearst and “yellow” journalism, the progressive muckrakers, or the soothing voice of Walter Cronkite. Frequenters of this site may even be tempted to start with Alexis de Tocqueville’s observation that...

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Mister Rogers’ Television

Share the post "Mister Rogers’ Television" Until watching Morgan Neville’s documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, it had been a long while since I’d given Mister Rogers much thought. If he came up at all in the past two decades, it was probably as a gag: an off-hand remark about button-up cardigans or a jibe about sock puppets. Fred Rogers is one of those democratizing figures in American life who is universally recognizable and universally safe for joking (or...

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Form vs. Function

Share the post "Form vs. Function" For the second time in three days, President Macron, le pourfendeur de la présidence bavarde of his predecessor, sat down for a lengthy interview. Regarding the content of his discussion with journalists Jean-Jacques Bourdin and Edwy Plenel, I can repeat what I said in the previous post: Macron is brilliant at articulating his own point of view, which he defends by saying nothing about the strongest arguments that can be raised against...

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L’insoumis

Share the post "L’insoumis" Gilles Perret has a new documentary out this week based on footage of Jean-Luc Mélenchon during his 2017 presidential campaign. The film, L’insoumis, has been predictably praised to high heavens as a “humanizing” portrait of Mélenchon’s down-to-earth personality by supporters of his movement La France insoumise, and dismissed as “propaganda” by detractors. Of course, it’s neither of these things. Perret is unmistakably a friend and...

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