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Sweden introduces border control at the expense of com [...]

The Nordic passport union[i] from 1957, which allows citizens from all the Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland) to travel freely without passport within the Nordic countries, will effectively stop Monday 4th January 2016, where Sweden introduces ID checks at its borders. The introduction of ID check is caused by changes in Swedish […]

Interdisciplinarity in ferment

Filipa M.Ribeiro What do subjects like personalized learning, curriculum reforms, research agendas and institutional frames have in common? Interdisciplinarity. Whether we discuss the duality of vocational versus general education or the impact of ideologies on research, interdisciplinarity is an in-between topic. Interestingly enough, it is often overlooked even if interdisciplinarity is one of the most […]

How the EU responds to a British withdrawal will be de [...]

How might the EU respond to the unprecedented event of a Brexit? Its response will be defined by 5 I’s: ideas, interests, institutions, the international, and individuals. Looking at these 5 I’s also sheds light on various theoretical approaches to understanding Brexit. How would the rest of the EU respond to a British vote to […]

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What does Brexit look like? Nobody knows

Jon Danzig |

What does Brexit look like?

Here’s a question for you. Would you move home without knowing what your next home looks like? No, me neither. But that’s what those campaigning for Britain to leave the EU are expecting you to do – vote to end our membership of the EU without knowing what we’d have instead. The problem LEAVERS have […]

Ecocide: the international crime that could have been but never quite was

Normative Power Europe? Really? |

This post was first published in NBXMain in October 2015 Genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity are international crimes and, since 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) can investigate individuals accused of having committed acts of that nature. From 2017, under certain circumstances the ICC will also have jurisdiction in relation to the crime […]

Green Investment Bank 2.0?

Jeremy Moulton | | 1 comment

In the three years since its foundation, the Green Investment Bank (GIB) has made waves in the green investment scene in the United Kingdom (UK). But rather than resting on its laurels the UK government needs to realise the work of GIB has not gone far enough, that the level of green investment in the […]

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Sleepwalking towards Brexit?

Sebastien Pant |

Threatening to leave a club is often a balancing act. Push the other members too hard and you may face a brick wall; push too little and the exercise becomes useless. What’s more, to have any degree of success you need ambitious goals and a realistic strategy to achieve them. This is more or less […]

Why a military defeat of the Houthis is not enough for Yemen or Europe

Diana Alghoul |

When talking about Yemen, one of the most common phrases amongst analysts is that “it’s complicated.” True, to a very large extent. Tribal politics, new movements being infiltrated by old power political structures and when looking at the political actors involved, it becomes less clear how the conflict falls under the ‘Sunni-Shia’ divide that seems […]

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, ... Brexit!

EU-Asia Institute |

Remember the spy novels of Cold War times? Where pretty much everybody was suspected of being a ‘mole’? The master storyteller of brilliant double agents was John Le Carré, and one of his very best novels was Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,  published in the spring of 1974, incidentally one month after Willy Brandt had resigned […]

What is higher education regionalism? And how should we study it?

Europe of Knowledge |

Meng-Hsuan Chou and Pauline Ravinet Higher education is undeniably global. But this did not prevent interested policy actors, meeting on the occasion of the 650th anniversary of the University of Vienna in 2015, to emphasise the significance of the global and international dimension, as their colleagues have done at the 800th anniversary of the University […]

EU's Conundrum of Strategies: Is There an Orderly Jigsaw on the Horizon?

Zane Šime |

The grandness of the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy lies in its potential to render the existing conundrum of various EU strategies into a more orderly set of strands with a clear vision regarding their mutually complementary role. Strategies are in-built in EU’s genome. These policy documents define EU’s aims, approaches in […]

The Eurozone crisis and democracy

euanddemocracy |

Aristotle suggested that every political system should be tested as to whether there is any contradiction between its founding principles and the implementation of its governance. The Eurozone crisis seems to have generated precisely such a contradiction between the democratic principles of the European Union and its new modus operandi. The EU’s democratic principles are […]

Poland's inevitable foreign policy crash

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Explainer: why everyone is giving Poland a hard time Kamil Zwolski, University of Southampton Since coming into power at the end of October 2015, Poland’s new, right-wing government has caused a stir at home and drawn international criticism. Hardly a day passes at the moment without EU officials or European leaders questioning decisions made by […]

Why the EU needs the UK - A Security Perspective, by Nele Marianne Ewers-Peters

globaleurope |

Most of the current discussions on the possible ‘Brexit’ — the United Kingdom leaving the European Union — are concerned with issues of the Eurozone and its economic implications, the ongoing migration and refugee crisis, and the potential economic, political and social consequences for the UK in case of leaving the EU. What has been […]

Wrong answers on BBC Question Time

Jon Danzig | | 19 comments

One of my biggest frustrations on watching BBC TV’s ‘Question Time’ is that when UKIP representatives make incorrect statements about the EU, there’s usually nobody on the panel or in the audience to correct them. Take last Thursday’s broadcast of Question Time. Among those appearing on the panel was UKIP MEP, Patrick O’Flynn, who made […]

Who can you trust on the EU?

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

One of the recurring themes of my posts over the years has been the need for an informed and thoughtful public debate in the UK about its place in the world. Without such a debate, it is very hard to see how the UK can ever really move out of its impasse with the EU. […]

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