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A Shifting Europe

May 15th, 2012 - Given the recent shift in leadership across Europe and the continued economic challenges weighing down members of the EU, experts debate on what to expect next, how it may impact us here in Canada, possible solutions for the precarious situation in Europe and more. The following experts are available for comments.


Achim Hurrelmann is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Carleton University. Hurrelmann teaches in the areas of comparative politics, European integration, and state theory. His research mainly deals with the politics of the European Union; it focuses in particular on questions of legitimation and democratization in the European system of multi-level governance.  Achim Hurrelmann is associate director at Carleton University's Center for European Studies, where he co-ordinates the research group on social integration and citizenship.

Oliver Schmidtke is Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Victoria. Schmidtke also holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European History and Politics. He is specialized in comparative European politics, party politics, and EU integration. With respect to the current debate on "Shifting Europe" Oliver Schmidtke can offer expertise on the political fight over austerity measures, its effects on domestic politics, and the interplay between domestic and European politics.

This media tip was partially reposted from the Carleton University News Room release. To see the complete Carleton University media advisory please visit: http://bit.Ly/JYGXwu

Harper's misreading of the European debt crisis

February 7, 2012 - Prime Minister Harper assumes a strong causal relationship between (too high) welfare state standards and the sovereign debt crisis of Eurozone economies, and thus pleads for even stricter austerity programs in Europe and for precautionary reductions of entitlements in Canada. This approach has a few merits but also very strong limitations, and more so, there are limits to apply the basic ideas to the complexities of the Eurozone crisis.

Dr. Kurt Huebner says that empirical findings as well as theoretical considerations do not support the causal ties between the level of welfare state spending and the Eurozone crisis: 

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