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  • EU • Election • Future
    Olaf Cramme - 07 March 2014
    May’s European elections and the change of Commission might grab the headlines in 2014, but the course for the EU’s future will be set elsewhere.
  • Education • Rankings • Investment
    Ellen Hazelkorn - 03 March 2014
    New funding models have widened the privilege gap, not just between students but also the cities and regions in which they reside.
  • EU • Identity • Euroscepticism
    Sophie Duchesne - 28 February 2014
    Its time to acknowledge the EU’s challenge is to win the capacity to control the economy and to provide people with a decent standard of living.
  • UKIP • Reform • Mainstream
    Karine Tournier-Sol - 27 February 2014
    UKIP's recent surge is a challenge for all mainstream parties, but it is also a challenge for the party itself.
  • Skills • Education • Well-being
    Andreas Schleicher - 24 February 2014
    Investing in high-quality education is the key for improving the economic and social well-being of people around the world.
  • Pre-distribution • Education • Human Capital
    Patrick Diamond - 24 February 2014
    Inequality and lower mobility are unlikely to be addressed without more effective intervention to boost the position of young people.
  • UK • Economy • Rebalancing
    Craig Berry - 20 February 2014
    Investment and consumption performance demonstrates the frailty of the UK economy. The economic recovery is not yet secure.
  • Populists • Professionalisation • Accountability
    Tim Bale - 20 February 2014
    Nigel Farage, like others of his ilk all around continental Europe, should be seen not just as force to be reckoned with, an opponent to defeat, but as a canary in a coal mine.
  • The 2014 Race for Europe
    Julian Priestley - 18 February 2014
    Conservatives and social democrats diverge sharply on plans for growth and competitiveness.
  • Reform • Governance • Power
    Patrick Diamond - 14 February 2014
    Power is harder to use and easier to lose. The British tradition of governance and statecraft needs to change.

The Policy Network Observatory promotes critical debate and reflection on progressive politics. It is centre-left orientated but determinedly challenges social democracy. It is pro-European but restlessly questions EU institutions and practices.

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