Sample topicsThe list of possible topics is potentially limitless. The idea is to choose a topic that is manageable and meaningful; that you find interesting; and that allows you to analyze a specific issue. Here are some sample topics:The significance of Brexit for the United States: advantageous or disadvantageous?The relationship between populism and the pandemic in (a particular European country)The rise of the far-right in Germany: exaggerated or underestimated?Mitigating the migration crisis in Malta (or Greece, or Italy): humanitarianism versus hardheadednessCurbing corruption in Bulgaria: can it be done?Allocating portfolios in the European Commission: the case of Irelands new CommissionerThe European Parliaments role in concluding the new EU budget: rubber stamp or veto player?The meaningor meaninglessnessof neutrality for Sweden (or Austria, or Finland) todayIs the EU really committed to combating climate change?Is there (can there be) such a thing as European (as opposed to national) sovereignty?Style, content and formatting (Adapted from the style guide of The UK in a Changing Europe)Articles should be 800-1,000 words in length.They should be written with a broad, non-academic audience in mind; in a fluid, easy to read style. Imagine yourself in the position of a lay reader, who wants to know (a) what the issue is (b) why it matters.We subscribe to the Economists style guide (https://bordeure.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/the-economist-style-guide.pdf).Pieces should be readily understandable, use language of everyday speech and keep in mind George Orwells six elementary rules(1) Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print(2) Never use a long word where a short one will do(3) If it is possible to cut out a word, always cut it out(4) Never use the passive voice where you can use the active voice(5) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent(6) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarousPlease avoid using long sentences and please use short paragraphs no longer than three or four sentences.Pieces should analyze a specific issue, rather than being merely comment pieces that offer an opinion. We encourage authors to present a balanced analysis of the issue at hand.Your piece should be supported with reference to academic research, drawn from the broader broader literature, including think tanks. Please make sure to reference appropriately (see last point below).Lead with your argumentdont save it to the very end, or keep it hidden behind dense prose.We welcome the use of hyperlinks, as well as graphs and charts; please ensure they are labeled and that the underlying source of the data is explained.Please do not use footnotes. Instead insert hyperlinks into the body of the text.
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