Why ideology matters

By Andreas Sowa | 6 November 2012

Why should we care about the US presidential election? Yes, there are differences between Obama and Romney. And yes, these differences are all but negligible. But do these differences, these contrasts in the policies they propose, really relate to us?

The 2012 Elections: The Victory of Populism?

By Arielle Giovannoni | 6 November 2012

In the last 2012 French Presidential Election, the surge of populism constituted a major component of the political campaign. In the United States, the Tea Party has caught media and politicians’ attention alike, gaining a strong political voice, as the designation of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate suggests.

American Dream vs European Welfare State

By Piera Sciama et Tanguy Séné | 6 November 2012

“The European welfare is dead”: This strong criticism reveals and justifies a certain rejection of the welfare state in the United States. Despite some evolution since the Clinton era and a revitalisation during the Obama administration, the forces pushing against its development seem to remain strong, using the media as its main support. 

Why would workers vote Republican?

By Alexis Chemblette | 6 November 2012

As we all know, ever since the 1980’s working class electorates in Europe have opted for far right parties in great numbers. Indeed, parties like the Front National in France or the British National Party went from being ultra-conservative to advocating a statist and economically protectionist platform.

EU-US trade relations: towards a free trade agreement?

By Claudia Louati and Alexander Whalen | 5 November 2012

The economic crisis that continues to affect both the American and European economies has contributed to the re-launch of the debate on the negotiation of a transatlantic free trade agreement (FTA). While the establishment of a working group on EU-US trade relations shows the commitment of both parties’ to a thorough reflection process on the possibility of an FTA, obstacles to its realisation should not be underestimated. Furthermore, the impending US Presidential election raises the question of which candidate will be most willing to address these obstacles and work towards a more integrated transatlantic market.

Sexual rights between “Polandisation” and Europeanisation

By Annamária Tóth | 18 October 2012

 There is a Hungarian saying that the Hungarians and the Poles are good friends and will stay together for better or for worse. This saying seems to be reconfirmed in some of today's socio-political debates. As far as abortion and other sexual, reproductive and health rights (SRHR) are concerned, “Hungary is polandising,” Judith Wirth, Policy Officer at NaNe Women's Association from Budapest, argued at the conference “Women, Gender and Feminism(s) in the V4 Countries”.

Women in Central European Economies: Challenges and Perspectives

By Aurore Guieu (V4SciencesPo) | 15 October 2012

Women in Central Europe experienced the bloom of democracy and liberalized economies since they got rid of communist regimes. These transitions gave birth to many expectations, as did the 2004 EU accession. But what is the actual position of women in economies and particularly in labour markets? What are their challenges and future perspectives?

EU Enlargement: Present and Future Perspectives

By Annamária Tóth | 7 October 2012

Is EU enlargement a successful foreign policy instrument? What are the effects of enlargement on specific countries? Where does the EU stand now and what is the future of enlargement? These are just some of the questions asked on 29 April 2011, at the conference “Candidate Countries: With or Without You?”