Posts by Simon Bulmer

Simon Bulmer, Associate Fellow, SPERI, & Professor of European Politics, University of Sheffield

Merkel 4.0: Chancellor Merkel’s marathon continues

Simon Bulmer

The election result has reduced Merkel’s authority and introduced new domestic constraints, just as space for new possibilities at the EU level are opening up Analysis of the German election held on Sunday 24th September has tended to focus on two features: the re-election of Chancellor Merkel alongside the new threat to German politics posed by the electoral success (with … Continue reading

28 September 2017 by Simon Bulmer
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The EU a year after the UK referendum: new momentum and optimism?

Simon Bulmer

With the EU issue in the UK far from settled, reports of the demise of the EU and the Eurozone have been greatly exaggerated It is now exactly 12 months since the British people voted to leave the European Union and this week Brexit negotiations finally started.  While Theresa May’s minority government seeks to sort out its negotiating strategy on … Continue reading

23 June 2017 by Simon Bulmer
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Negotiating the impossible? Brexit after the election

Simon Bulmer

Multiple scenarios now exist for the imminent Brexit negotiations. An informed deliberation over the options must be the immediate way forward The June 2017 general election has proved to be a seismic event, like the EU referendum just under a year earlier.  Called by Prime Minister May in order to strengthen her negotiating hand in the Brexit negotiations, it has … Continue reading

14 June 2017 by Simon Bulmer
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Angela Merkel’s Germany: still liberals’ best hope for 2017?

Simon Bulmer

To secure a fourth term a less liberal version of Angela Merkel may emerge as she reacts to the domestic and global tumult of the last year 2016 was a tumultuous year in global politics, symbolized by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump securing the American presidency. Trump has challenged the fundamentals of US external relations, … Continue reading

18 January 2017 by Simon Bulmer
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Britain and Brexit: the earthquake and its aftershocks

Simon Bulmer

Six key issues reveal the early impact of the Brexit earthquake, but this is uncharted territory and more aftershocks will follow Whether you regard the referendum result with delight or dismay, what is already clear is that it has created an earthquake in British politics, with the tremors extending to mainland Europe as well. This outcome is the biggest challenge … Continue reading

29 June 2016 by Simon Bulmer
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Britain and the EU referendum: a story of losing control?

Simon Bulmer

Controlling the case for Remain and unpacking the Leave arguments about regaining control are shaping up to be key deciding factors ahead of June 23rd It’s now two months since David Cameron reached agreement with EU partners in re-negotiating the terms of British membership. How is the referendum campaign shaping up?  How far have the imponderables of two months ago … Continue reading

28 April 2016 by Simon Bulmer
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Key questions for the coming EU referendum

Simon Bulmer

We now have a date but there are plenty of big questions and unknown steps between now and 23rd June This was the tweet from European Council President Donald Tusk late in the evening of 19th February 2016 that indicated the marathon European Council session had found a deal on David Cameron’s renegotiation demands. It was followed the next day by … Continue reading

23 February 2016 by Simon Bulmer
Categories: EU Referendum, Europe and the EU, Politics and policy, Social science, SPERI Comment Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Vorsprung durch Technik?  Germany and the Eurozone crisis

Simon Bulmer

Key aspects of Germany’s approach to the Eurozone crisis are structural, but they still have a ‘dark side’ So, Greece managed to make its loan repayments (€750m to the IMF) on 11 May 2015. However, the road ahead remains arduous, with almost daily speculation about GREXIT.  Relations with Germany were never going to be easy, given their governments’ diametrically opposed … Continue reading

27 May 2015 by Simon Bulmer
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Merkel, Draghi and Tsipras

Simon Bulmer

These are the three key European leaders of the moment, but a Eurozone ménage à trois remains highly unlikely… Over the course of the Eurozone crisis the German government has been the most important influence on policy, raising the question of its potential hegemonic role.  Its prescriptions have followed an ordoliberal script.  Over the past couple of weeks Berlin’s policy … Continue reading

5 February 2015 by Simon Bulmer
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German power under the spotlight

Simon Bulmer

25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, German institutions, politics and values still present formidable obstacles to real change It is 25 years this coming weekend since the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989.  The opening of the border set off complex international and internal German negotiations that enabled unification to take place swiftly in … Continue reading

6 November 2014 by Simon Bulmer
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German hegemony in the euro-zone?

Simon Bulmer

Germany is increasingly playing the role of a reluctant hegemon within the euro-zone The deal to bail out Cyprus’s banks has reinforced concern about Germany’s growing power in the euro-zone. It is seen as symbolising a new ‘German Europe’.  How has this situation come about and are fears of German hegemony justified? Five reasons can be identified to explain the … Continue reading

22 April 2013 by Simon Bulmer
Categories: Europe and the EU, SPERI Comment