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Will 2015 see the end of UKIP?

It’s almost Easter, so it is also time for the Political Studies Association annual conference, held this year in Manchester. I had the great pleasure of sitting on a roundtable on UKIP with Rick Whitaker, Phil Lynch and Matt Goodwin, where we discussed the party’s support, strategy and organisation: much debate ensued. We’re producing a series of blog posts […]

EU and Russia: Worlds Apart?

  The long history of relations between Russia and Europe is a complex one, having undergone vacillating shifts between periods of attraction and cooperation at times, and intense competition and mistrust at others (Giusti and Penkova 2012, Light and Allison 2006). Against this broad historical backdrop of ‘schizophrenic’ foreign policy relations, I argue that the […]

The Dynamism of the European Research Geography

Nicola Francesco Dotti, Bas Van Heur and André Spithoven Looking for the geographical dimensions of Framework Programmes The EU Framework Programme (FP) is by far the most important European intervention for research and technological development (RTD). While this policy has been repeatedly reformed, the FP has also shaped European research since 1984. The largest part […]

Can Canada Save Europe from Energy Dependency on Russia?

A press conference between Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on March 27th 2014 provoked the latest round of commentary on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports ‘rescuing’ the EU and Ukraine from Russian energy dominance. Russia supplies 30% of the EU’s gas imports and 35% of its oil and in Germany […]

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Do facts matter when discussing the EU?

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For the past couple of days, I’ve been competing in the inaugural EU Twitter Fight Club, where tweeps from different parts of the (notional) European public sphere have been trying to show off their tweeting ability (very broadly defined).  To call it a pleasure would be a stretch, but it’s certainly been informative for me, both […]

Polscieu: The end of a journey, the start of a new one

Ronny Patz |

For the last six years, I’ve been following EU politics and information flows as a blogger, as an academic, and since 2010 also as an activist with Transparency International, first as a volunteer and since 2012 as a full-time employee here in Brussels. Last Wednesday, I finally defended “Information Flows in the Context of EU Policy-Making“, […]

Europe and the West vs. Putin's Russia ?

Mateusz Hudzikowski |

One of Geopolityka.net contributors presents an interesting point of view on the mutual relations between Russia and the West after Ukrainian / Crimean crisis: “Putin feels provoked by alleged fascists in Kiev. In fact, to  the aggressive action provokes him something completely different. The West is supposed to be decadent and weak. A self-confident  bully […]

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Will 2015 see the end of UKIP?

PoliticsatSurrey |

It’s almost Easter, so it is also time for the Political Studies Association annual conference, held this year in Manchester. I had the great pleasure of sitting on a roundtable on UKIP with Rick Whitaker, Phil Lynch and Matt Goodwin, where we discussed the party’s support, strategy and organisation: much debate ensued. We’re producing a series of blog posts […]

EU and Russia: Worlds Apart?

deconstructingefp |

  The long history of relations between Russia and Europe is a complex one, having undergone vacillating shifts between periods of attraction and cooperation at times, and intense competition and mistrust at others (Giusti and Penkova 2012, Light and Allison 2006). Against this broad historical backdrop of ‘schizophrenic’ foreign policy relations, I argue that the […]

Localising Norms: EU-ASEAN Norm Diffusion

deconstructingefp |

The years 2007 and 2009 were both monumental ones for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In 2007, the 10 ASEAN member states came together to sign the ASEAN Charter, an unprecedented agreement calling for all member states to work towards closer cooperation. The Charter conferred legal personality on ASEAN, and established its institutional […]

From a Worm to a Tiger – Does the EU need an Army?

deconstructingefp |

In December 1998, the heads of state of Britain and France met for a two-day summit in St-Malo, France, to discuss the defence policy of Europe. The result of the summit was heralded as a breakthrough, given the long-standing impasse between the two states with regards to that sensitive topic (Howorth, “European Integration” 1). The […]

The Credibility of the EU's Normative Power in the Development Agenda

deconstructingefp |

Much scholarly literature has been written about the nature of EU’s foreign policy actions. With regards to the development agenda, the EU has often been considered a strong normative power given its first order standing in the amount of foreign aid delivered through its Aid for Trade program. As such, When the EU acts in the […]

The failure of the Quint in handling the Crimean Crisis.

deconstructingefp |

The Russian annexation of Crimea has become one of the most widely talked about issues in foreign policy circles this year for a very good reason: Russia’s actions are seen as the biggest foreign policy challenge to the European Union since the founding of the Union in 1993. There are many different aspects to discuss […]

Success or Failure: EU's economic diplomacy with lesser powers

deconstructingefp |

According to Baldwin, economic diplomacy is defined as the use of economic means by a state to achieve its interests and goals (Baldwin, 1985:8). The European Union, rather than relying on military might, believe strongly in civilian power and partake in economic diplomacy to enhance its position internationally. Various tenets of economic diplomacy include, but […]

EU's Military Gazes to the Dark

deconstructingefp |

As the world and the European Union casts its gaze on the destabilizing situation in the eastern cities of Donetsk and Kharkiv in Ukraine, it reaffirms once more that international awareness could only be shaped by great power politics. In this case, it is the underhand tussle between the eagle, the bull and the bear. […]

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