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A Europe of Capital

Kenneth Haar
30,000 lobbyists…and counting. The sheer number of corporate lobbyists that influence EU policy-making, and the financial firepower available to them, constitute a challenge to democracy, social rights, peace and the planet. In this book, lobbying researcher and campaigner Kenneth Haar explores how corporate representatives have shaped the institutional foundations of the EU. He examines how they inscribed their vision into its fundamental principles, constructing a “European competition state,” marginalising concern for the common good, and generating an enormous ...
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The Finns Party presidential candidate Jussi Halla-aho at his election reception in Helsinki on January 28, 2024.
The Finns Party presidential candidate Jussi Halla-aho at his election reception in Helsinki on January 28, 2024.
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The Finnish government was sent into upheaval almost as soon as it was formed in June last year, as multiple revelations of racist statements and memes emerged concerning one of the new coalition’s two main parties – The Finns, a far-right nationalist anti-immigration party. The crisis almost brought the government down before it had begun, but while the political stain is permanent, it may not be enough to prevent a fusion of the Finns party’s ultra-nationalism and the neoliberal agenda being pushed by their centre-right government ...
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