Dutch Foreign Ministers on the future of Europe

The future of the European Union is a fashionable debate among politicians and academics with the European Parliament elections in sight, set for May 2014. However, there is a huge information gap amongst the general public – they do not know when the next EP elections are. On 11 December, 2013, the Hague Institute for…

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The success factors of Dutch-Turkish entrepreneurs

In recent years entrepreneurship and economic development have become particularly prominent policy areas for the Dutch government in need of improvement. As for entrepreneurship, a recent report by Gürkan Çelik in the Journal of Social Intervention speaks specifically of entrepreneurship amongst Turkish migrants in the Netherlands. According to the article, the increased level of education…

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Hungarian pupils perform poorly in school – OECD PISA report

Today, the EC published an evaluation of the EU’s performance in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report was published. It assesses the progress 15-year old pupils in OECD countries have made from 2009 to 2012 in the subjects of Math, Science and Reading. The OECD has the following to say about Hungary’s performance:…

Euroscepticism

Euroscepticism: Causes and the need for a solution

In light of the European Parliament elections of 2014 and the expected gains of the far right – who are more inclined towards being eurosceptic than any other group – the motivations for people to favor the political right is analyzed. “What causes people to be eurosceptic?” is the question at hand. Support for the…