Panos Stasinopoulos

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Europe’s Watchmen Moment

By Panos Stasinopoulos

For those not familiar with the title’s reference, Watchmen is a graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons about an alternate version of US history of the 1950s and 1960s. One particularly interesting aspect of the story concerns the efforts of one of the main characters to persuade humanity that war and division are not the answer to world problems. In order to do so, he elaborately orchestrates a major catastrophe which succeeds in helping people to realise that they can be better off if united. Arguably, Europe is witnessing its "Watchmen moment", mutatis mutandis of course; no-one is advocating a catastrophe of such dimensions in order to come to our senses. 

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Solidarity vs. Austerity: Mistakes of the Past and Why We Need to Re-invent the Union

By Panos Stasinopoulos

Jacques Delors, the three-time President of the European Commission, once declared that “you cannot fall in love with the common market”. This surprising statement was uttered by the very person who ushered in the creation of the common market in an era characterised by euro-sclerosis. Arguably, the slow pace of European integration, combined with the lack of significant trade advantages deriving from the European Economic Community (EEC) membership set the pace for the creation of the common market. 

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Europe Through the Looking Glass: Could the Debt Crisis Negate Decades of Integration?

By Panos Stasinopoulos 

Those of us engaged in research in the field of European studies are, it is safe to say, “Europhiles”. In many cases this is owing to a story we have relating to the EU, or an 8-year-old’s memory of the signing of the Maastricht Treaty and the birth of EU citizenship. There are many other reasons, historical and cultural, of course, but these are not a panacea; what we perceive as Eurosceptism is now growing. This is apparent not only in the UK, a traditionally distant bedfellow of the European experiment, but in other, more pro-EU member states.