Lessons from enlightened despotism for monetary and economic policy

While I was sitting here juggling between past and future (for an upcoming blog post) the present came to my rescue.

Yesterday, as Mario Draghi was beginning his press conference after the meeting of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, a woman protestor jumped on the desk in front of him and proceeded to throw paper pages, and then confetti, at him. During the brief seconds that it took for her to be grabbed and expelled from the room by the security staff, she apparently shouted ‘End ECB dictatorship!’ – although, actually, she was wearing a t-shirt featuring a similar sounding phrase: ‘End the ECB dick-tatorship!’ Apparently the attacker was one Josephine Witt, an ex-member of the feminist organisation FEMEN, so this was an attack on either autocracy or phallocracy.

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Joint police operation Amberlight: critics miss the real questions

On April 1st, EU Member States launched a two-week joint police operation (JPO), codenamed “Amberlight”, under the aegis of the Latvian EU Council Presidency. These specific operations, that are meant to tackle illegal immigration, received harsh criticism from fundamental rights and migrant groups in the past. Amberlight, however, is of a different nature. Caught in […]

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In the (EU) army now

In 1986, the British rock band Status Quo recorded its famous hit ‘In the Army now’. Few days ago, European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker shook up the EU’s own status quo, by defending the idea of an EU army in the pages of a German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag. Although the very idea of an […]

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