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How much does it cost to run a Spitzenkandidaten campaign?

Last year, we saw the very first European elections with Spitzenkandidaten (‘lead candidates’) put forward by five major European Political Parties as future president of the European Commission. But how can it be that the Juncker’s EPP reports ~€ 1.75 million in “Election campaigns” expenditure while Schulz’ PES reports only ~€ 0.2 million? Jean-Claude Juncker, is […]

“The psephology of deceit: Europe’s (in)action at [...]

Nothing new under the Azeri sun? There is! Earlier this autumn we have seen elections taking place in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine (25th Oct). Soon it will be Azerbaijan’s turn to go to the ballot box for a new Parliament. On 1 November, the 125 seats in the Parliament will be re-allocated or re-confirmed. Of […]


The House of Commons is debating the Referendum Bill on Monday, which can bind the British government but cannot bind the European Union. Two arch-critics of the EU, Philip Davies MP and David Nuttall MP, have proposed that if the referendum is in favour of leaving the EU, the government should give formal notice of […]

Central Europe and China: what does the next generatio [...]

A contribution by Tamas Matura (ESSCA Budapest). Even though the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and most Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries established diplomatic relations as soon as 1949, the Cold War made them drift away from each other. Only the last decade has brought new momentum to the bilateral relations between the two sides, […]

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The pause button

EU-Asia Institute |


Between the murderous attacks on Friday 13 and yesterday’s national remembrance ceremony, living in France felt like the PAUSE button had been pressed. Everybody keeps telling everybody else ‘il faut continuer à vivre!’, but this sounds like one of these resolutions that are to be implemented at a later stage, not now. These rare moments […]

Insurers can help combat the marine overfishing crisis

iuufishing |

As the World Bank points out, the oceans have a vast potential to unlock sustainable development, being also a key factor in the regulation of the Earth’s climate systems.  The ocean feeds and provides work security for millions of people, including some of the world’s poorest. Like other sectors, marine insurance providers and their reinsurers […]


PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |


Modern politics is made of moments. Brief moments. The ever-decreasing attention spans of journalists are matched those of the public, in part encouraged by politicians who want to shift the limelight on to something else. I note this without any great judgment, since I’m probably as bad as anyone else, but at the very least […]


Teaching with Twitter

Egle Dagilyte |

How can Twitter be integrated into teaching and learning European Studies? What are the pitfalls and challenges faced when using this medium? Here, Egle Dagilyte, shares advice and tips from UACES social media academic enthusiasts.

The obsolescence of coal and oil

jolyongumbrell |

If it were not for the traumatic events Europe is experiencing at the moment – the refugee crisis as thousands of people flee the war in Syria and Iraq, and head towards Europe; or the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris – then a very different story would occupy Europe’s media. It would be the revolution […]

Coherent Policy More Important Than Ever: The Paris Summit and Climate Policy Integration

Claire Dupont |

A quick glance at the many issues on the table of the international climate negotiations points to the myriad facets of our everyday lives that are intertwined with the climate change problem. Whether it is how we produce our food, our energy, our means of transport, or how we manage financial flows, technology transfer or […]

Are English Universities likely to stop having to comply with EU public procurement law?

Europe of Knowledge |

Albert Sanchez Graells One of the elements implicit in the on-going discussion about higher education reform in England concerns the extent to which changes in the funding and governance structure of Higher Education Funding Council for England HEFCE (to be transformed into the Office for Students, or any other format that results from the consultation run […]

China & the EU’s Shared Future on Climate Change

Osmi Anannya |

The European Union and China are expected to increasingly depend on oil supply imports to meet a majority of their demands by 2030, from the Gulf and Russia. However, because of the competitive environment spurned on by China’s national growth, concerns has also been raised for how environmental consumption demands is harboring a scarce environment […]

The internationalist case against the European Union

Alex Callinicos |

For the first time in a generation Britain will vote on its membership of the European Union, probably in the autumn of 2016. How to vote in that referendum is a difficult choice for anyone on the left. Since the 1990s the anti-EU camp has been dominated by the chauvinist and racist right, initially on […]

Draghi's morphine

Miguel Otero Iglesias |

More than three years after the EU leaders agreed to establish a banking union for the Eurozone and Mario Draghi announced that he was ready to do ‘whatever it takes’ to save the euro, it is time to take stock of what has been achieved so far in making the European Monetary Union (EMU) a […]

Direct, Structural, and Cultural Violence (I)

Carolina García Hervás |

The teaching and study of civil resistance can be found in many different academic disciplines. You can find courses and research on nonviolent movements in the fields of political science, sociology, international relations, history, theology, even psychology. The one field however that you will most likely find nonviolent action is in the field of peace […]

The paranoid turn in the referendum campaign

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

Not infrequently, I’m taken by the notion that the easiest way to understand the renegotiation and referendum is by thinking about how different actors can best use it to their long term advantage. The substance of the issues isn’t really the point, but rather the opportunity offered to improve one’s position, both absolutely and relatively. […]

Regulatory policy and crisis politics in contemporary EU health policy

Ellie Brooks |

Prior to the economic crisis and the inclusion of health in the EU’s strengthened economic governance framework, the narrative of EU health policy was well-established and its development understood to be shaped by a stable set of dynamics. The judgements of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), the initiative of Council Presidencies and […]

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