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Jonathan Hopkin

For the parties of the center-left, 2005 was a year of significant progress

toward the objective of wresting the government from Berlusconi’s center-

right coalition. It began with Romano Prodi’s initially uncertain return

to the Italian political stage after his “exile” in Brussels as president of

the European Commission, and familiar divisions—enthusiastically aired

in the media—over how the center-left should be organized and structured

and over the selection of candidates and alliances for the April

regional elections. However, 2005 went on to provide two major boosts

to the center-left: a surprisingly decisive victory in the regional elections,

and an equally decisive outcome to the primary election held to choose a

“premier candidate” for the alliance. Although big questions of organization

and coordination remained unresolved, the center-left finished the

year in a stronger position than at its beginning. After providing a little

background, this chapter will assess the coalition’s progress over the

year and offer some tentative interpretations of the key turning points.

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Victor Cazares, Itay Snir, José María Rosales, Ferenc Laczó, Anja Osiander, and Heikki Haara

Zachary Sayre Schiffman, The Birth of the Past (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011), xvi + 316 pp.

Sophia Rosenfeld, Common Sense: A Political History (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011), 337 pp.

Joris Gijsenbergh, Saskia Hollander, Tim Houwen, and Wim de Jong, eds., Creative Crises of Democracy (Brussels: Peter Lang, 2012), 444 pp.

Mary L. Dudziak, War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), 221 pp.

Anneli Wallentowitz, “Imperialismus” in der japanischen Sprache am Übergang vom 19. zum 20. Jahrhundert: Begriffsgeschichte im außereuropäischen Kontext [“Imperialism” in the Japanese language at the turn of the 20th century: A history of concepts in a non-European context] (Bonn: Bonn University Press, 2011), 380 pp., incl. Japanese-German glossary.

Annabel S. Brett, Changes of State: Nature and the Limits of the City in Early Modern Natural Law (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2011), 242 pp.

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Christian Ewert

identities can form (centrifugal force). Lacey illustrates this with multilingual Belgium. The Flemish and Wallonians have established their own respective Flemish and Walloon identity (I omit Lacey's discussions of Brussels and the Belgian German minority

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Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus, and Katja Mäkinen

Politics,” European Societies 16, no. 3 (2014): 401–421. 10 European Commission, “Towards an Integrated Approach to Cultural Heritage for Europe,” COM(2014) 477 final, 22 July 2014, Brussels. 11 Cris Shore and Susan Wright, “Policy: A New Field for

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Leif Lewin

the European Union (EU) the number of participating organizations has likewise increased: in September 2015 they numbered 4,158. Around thirty thousand individual lobbyists are reported to be active in Brussels ( United Nations 2015 ). So the old

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Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/sites/near/files/neighbourhood/pdf/key-documents/ukraine/20161028-report-sgua.pdf . EC (European Commission) . 2017 . Joint Staff Working Document: Association Implementation Report on Ukraine . Brussels , EC SWD (2017) 376 final, 14 November . Eurispes . 2019 . “ Report: BRICS

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The Limits to Cheating History

Changing the Reference for Accounting

Peter Herrmann

Economy and Its Impact on Labor Markets . ETUI Working Paper 2016.02. Brussels : European Trade Union Institute . https://www.etui.org/content/download/22130/184851/file/ver+2+web+version+Working+Paper+2016+02-EN+digitalisation.pdf . Drahokoupil , Jan

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Report from the Region

The “Anti-Gender” Wave Contested: Gender Studies, Civil Society, and the State in Eastern Europe and Beyond*

minister delivered a pro-EU gender equality speech in Brussels on 7 March 2019. Yet at the same time President Iohannis positioned himself as more progressive than the PSD, seeing how the “Referendum for the Family” galvanized anti-PSD opposition. (Before

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Four Dimensions of Societal Transformation

An Introduction to the Problematique of Ukraine

Zuzana Novakova

public politics has been visible in areas ranging from public procurement 24 to volunteers helping with the management of change directly within some ministries. 25 The Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels was established to bring more

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Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

of millions of euros for themselves, their families, and their political friends: Europe's machinery in Brussels enables this rough-hewed corruption because confronting it would mean changing a program that helps hold a precarious union together