The Impact of Covid-19 on European Football

Europe was heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020 and football has been on a lockdown ever since. No matches have been played for just over 2 months, with the exception of the Belarusian Premier League. Not only are football fans now suffering long weekends without watching their favorite team play, but there

Putin vs Post-COVID Russia

What is the future for post-quarantine Russia? Have Putin’s decades of glorious rule suddenly gone sour-ish?

This spring has not been easy for any of us. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed significant flaws in our neoliberal society on a global scale, i.e., depleted healthcare and public sector, high dependency on commodity prices, domestic inequality, pollution from all various unsustainable economic activities, and etc. The question of how countries plan to gradually

COVID-19 Dispatch: Philip Lane Talks ECB’s Monetary Policy in Current Pandemic

On Wednesday 13th May 2020, Room for Discussion had the honour to interview Philip Lane, chief economist of the European Central Bank (ECB). Lane is seen by many to provide an academic counterweight to the traditional political abilities of ECB President, Christine Lagarde. In this Room for Discussion interview, Lane answered some questions on the

The impact of Covid-19 on Trade Liberalisation, Globalisation and Geopolitics

The current Covid-19 emergency has caught everyone unprepared and it has shown us that Western countries are too dependent on China and other emerging countries for the production of many goods, especially drugs and medical supplies. Fortunately, this is changing. Governments have already taken measures to ensure greater self-sufficiency on the production of essential items,