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What do Europeans think about immigration?

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What do Europeans think about immigration?

According to a recent YouGov poll, 4 out of 10 EU citizens think the benefits of immigration outweigh the costs[1]. Anti-immigration views are stronger in Sweden and Italy, with around 50 percent of respondents claiming that the costs of immigration are substantially higher than the potential benefits. In contrast, only one-third of the Polish population consider that immigrants have a negative…

"Access" to upward mobility: A case study

"Access" to upward mobility: A case study

In June 2016, the New York Times published an exposé on Valparaiso University School of Law and their process for recruiting new students. The piece provoked a polemic on the subject of the place of markets and government intervention in education because it revealed that the problematic practices employed by the school were simply standard for a certain level of institution. It was a very…

The case for the sharing economy

Blogger: Bill Wirtz
The case for the sharing economy

The sharing economy is not only a different way of presenting services such as Uber or Airbnb, but actually a wide range of companies that operate on the basis of shared resources to maximise their utility. Innovations in this area, however, require rethinking  the State's current authorisation system to give more flexibility to companies, employees and consumers. Uber’s example…

ALDE's moral high-ground is slipping away

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
ALDE's moral high-ground is slipping away

Prominent ALDE members are continuously criticising the EPP and the ECR for the parties that hold their membership. And indeed, the Hungarian Fidesz is rightfully criticised for still being a part of the European People's Party. Yours truly has been a part of this conversation. ALDE group leader Guy Verhofstadt continuously goes after Manfred Weber for this reason, but truth be told: the…

Who is really dismantling Europe?

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Who is really dismantling Europe?

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the renegotiation of the Schengen agreement, which guarantees the right to free movement between the signatory countries in Europe. Paired with some of his other statements, this demonstrates  how hypocritical France's head of state can really be.   The context   The European nations participating in the Schengen agreement are…

Global migration numbers refute the rhetoric of invasion

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Global migration numbers refute the rhetoric of invasion

The anti-immigration wave that has emerged over the last years on both sides of the Atlantic has contributed to spreading a number of mantras about the migration phenomenon on a global scale. I myself have tried to debunk some of the myths related to the economic impact of immigrants on host countries, pointing out that most claims are either false or overstated (e.g., here, here, or here).…

The Dutch-Albanian feud can be resolved by ending the war on drugs

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
The Dutch-Albanian feud can be resolved by ending the war on drugs

The Dutch parliament has asked their government to invoke the visa suspension mechanism for the Republic of Albania. The parliament in the Hague cites a worrying increase in crimes committed by the Albanian mafia as a reason for the move.   The visa suspension mechanism   Regulation (EU) 2018/1806 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 November 2018 allows member states…

Rainer Wieland is right: a seven-year budget is ludicrous

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Rainer Wieland is right: a seven-year budget is ludicrous

One of the European Parliament's senior members, Rainer Wieland (EPP-Germany),stated in an interview that long-term budgeting doesn't make a whole lot of sense. He's right. His conclusion, however, does not pass muster.   The EU budget   Five-year economic plans or seven-year budgets are the hallmarks of collectivist regimes. Stalin's first Five Year Plan came to…

The Brexit divide: region and identity

The Brexit divide: region and identity

Political scientist Matthew Goodwin, co-author, along with Roger Eatwell, of National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy, has called Brexit a “purple” vote, i.e. neither left or right but a melding of the two spectra, though often with differing or completely opposing agendas. A long-form piece by the BBC provides perspective on Goodwin’s assertion. The main…

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