Ed Miliband appeared on Desert Island Discs on Sunday 24 November, immediately after the omnibus edition of The Archers. The programme was repeated on Friday the 29th. No one really knows if these casual, more intimate media moments do politicians any good. Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher appearing on the Jimmy Young Show became more [...]
A group of Aston MA students yesterday took part in a video debate with students at our partner university in Bamberg, Germany. The British student team was joined by Neena Gill, European parliamentary candidate for the West Midlands region, representing the Labour party. The German team was joined by Monika Hohlmeier MEP (CSU) who is [...]
Political commentators are beginning to tire of saying that things can’t get any worse for French Socialist president François Hollande and his government. And yet, catastrophe after catastrophe, things do just keep getting worse. We have now reached the point at which Hollande’s very legitimacy as president is beginning to cave in. And that threatens [...]
Ioanna Ntampoudi, PhD Candidate at the Aston Centre for Europe, has been awarded a research grant by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) for the purposes of her forthcoming fieldwork. UACES Scholarships are awarded to postgraduate students and provide a bursary to undertake research in another country. Ioanna will be undertaking empirical research [...]
Ioanna Ntampoudi, PhD candidate at the Aston Centre for Europe, was awarded a Best Paper Prize by the Political Studies Association’s Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) for her paper entitled ‘The Eurozone Crisis and the Politics of Blaming: Narratives, Identities and Discursive Patterns’, which was presented at the 6th LSE Hellenic Observatory PhD Symposium on [...]
Germany’s CDU in 2013 will overcome the odds stacked against Christian Democratic parties – but for how long?
Things are looking rather good for Germany’s Christian Democrats, the CDU (the Bavarian wing of German Christian Democracy, the CSU, has been covered recently on the LSE’s EUROPP blog). Angela Merkel’s party, together with the CSU, rides at around 40 per cent in the polls, and is as close to certain as can be to [...]
While articles about what Labour should learn from the US Democrats were ten-a-penny, even before the arrival of Barrack Obama, on the face of it, it’s been a while since useful tips have been picked up from the SPD. This may not be entirely fair – in particular, the brilliance of Gerhard Schröder’s 2002 and [...]
François Hollande’s policy on Syria offers a perfect example of how not to conduct international politics
There is an irony in the fact that America’s oldest ally, France, has become its newest best friend. An irony in that it is not really true; rather, it is a diplomatic accident, born of David Cameron’s hurried and unsuccessful attempt on 30 August in the UK Houses of Parliament to get backing for military [...]
What the party has never had and needs today more than ever is a theory of leadership. This is the time of year when Ed Miliband gets a pasting from the polls and the media. It has happened regularly since he became Labour leader in 2010. And virtually all the comments, criticisms, and attacks involve [...]
Sir, President François Hollande has been forced into concessions designed to balance competing interest groups precisely because he has no sense of strategic direction in order to chart a way out of France’s economic malaise (“Hollande’s task: don’t flinch, don’t lurch but keep reforms”, Global Insight June 19). Read the full letter to the FT here.