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The Bank of Spain warns about the harmful effects of raising the minimum wage

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The Bank of Spain warns about the harmful effects of raising the minimum wage

On December 21 last year, the Spanish government issued an executive order whereby it increased the national minimum wage by an astonishing 22.3 percent for fiscal year 2019. Despite the potentially harmful effects that such a drastic measure could have on Spain’s ailing labor market (the unemployment rate is still over 14 percent), Sánchez’s government didn’t hesitate to…

The European Parliament is sabotaging its own democratic values

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
The European Parliament is sabotaging its own democratic values

There is only one way of looking at the Leinen amendment in the European Parliament: it structurally tries to silence Eurosceptics.   Changing the funding of political groups in the EP   In an amendment submitted by the German Social Democrat Jo Leinen and supported by the EPP (European People's Party, centre-right), the S&D (socialists and social democrats), as well as the…

Freedom of Choice in the 21st Century: Towards a New Jus Vitae Necisque?

Freedom of Choice in the 21st Century: Towards a New Jus Vitae Necisque?

In the United States, an important conversation is taking place, the results of which, might set a world- wide precedent for ethical regress of the most devastating kind. It is now an alarming reality that, while European countries have laws which generally ban abortion after the first trimester, when the baby becomes better formed and (as far as science knows so far) able to feel pain, in the…

Stop using children for your big government political goals

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Stop using children for your big government political goals

France and Belgium are seeing thousands in the streets for both the Yellow Vest and environmentalist causes. The reality is that these two groups don't go together, because while the Yellow Vests express the concerns of real-life working people, the climate protesters are fuelled by the questionable orchestration of youth activists.   The generational divide of both protests  …

Burrowing into Books - "Phineas Finn” by Anthony Trollope

Burrowing into Books - "Phineas Finn” by Anthony Trollope

“When a man has means of his own, he can please himself. Do you marry a woman with money,  and then you may kick up your heels and do as you like about the Colonial Office. When  a man hasn’t money, of course he must fit himself to the circumstances of the profession.”…

Revisiting the link between dual citizenship and democracy

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Revisiting the link between dual citizenship and democracy

Adilia Jilgildina holds a master´s degree in Public Policy from the University of Reading, UK. Her research interests include gender studies, international politics, religious freedom and political philosophy. ____ The concept of citizenship represents legal status, participation, belonging, and brings about the respect or disrespect for human rights. Today citizenship debates are…

A neglected hero - worthy of the admiration given the Founding Fathers: part II

A neglected hero - worthy of the admiration given the Founding Fathers: part II

Grover Cleveland’s reforms, both real and abortive, during his first term (1885 – 1889) cost him his mandate in the 1889 election. Despite the efficacy with which he shrank the federal government, his resolute disregard toward special interests, and his focus on constitutional limits and fiscal responsibility, he became very unpopular with the majority of the electorate.…

A European Central Bank Primer (V): What does the ECB’s balance sheet look like?

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A European Central Bank Primer (V): What does the ECB’s balance sheet look like?

As the entity responsible for the conduct of monetary policy in the Eurozone, the ECB has a prerogative that no other financial institution possesses: it has an exclusive monopoly over the issuance of euros. As a result, the ECB’s financial position differs radically from that of any other bank in the Euro area. Today, we will take a closer look at the balance sheet of the Eurozone’s…

The Perils of Identity Politics

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The Perils of Identity Politics

“Contemporary politics is driven by a quest for equal recognition by  groups that have been marginalized by their societies. But the desire for equal  protection can easily slide over with a demand for recognition of the groups superiority.”…

EU-supporters are showing their true colours

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
EU-supporters are showing their true colours

The pro-EU argument on euroscepticism is shifting just as the demand for exiting the EU is decreasing. The case against right-wing politics in Brussels is extremely telling about the motivations of EU-supporters. On Twitter, I stumbled upon a piece written in German for a blog called "Der (europäische) Föderalist" ("The (European) Federalist"), run by Manuel…

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