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Juncker, Tusk, Mogherini and the EU's credibility crisis

After months of public wrangling and backroom discussions over the selection of the candidates for the vacancies of key institutional posts the EU is now finally in a position to address its mounting internal and external challenges with a new guard of official representatives. The selection process itself resembled very much the traditional style of […]

A missed opportunity

20 years ago, on the 1st of September 1994, two German MPs from the CDU led by Helmut Kohl published a position paper, which bore the innocuous title ‘Reflexions on European Politics’ and which became quickly named the ‘Schäuble-Lamers Paper’ after its authors. The propositions and recommendations formulated in this rather dense document of a […]

Could the UK Green Investment Bank become a victim of [...]

In 2008, with the passing of the Climate Change Act, the UK government set the target of reducing CO2 emissions by 80% of the 1990 baseline by 2050. The setting of this target, coupled with targets set at the European level, furthered the need for new, innovative approaches to the reduction of CO2 emissions that […]

The devolved political institutions should have a say [...]

This past week, the Scottish Government published a paper outlining its priorities for EU reform. Naturally, considering the pro-independence position of the Scottish National Party (SNP), it makes a number of references to how an independent Scotland would interact with the European Union. However, arguments on independence aside, the paper is noteworthy for its compelling […]

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Fake neutrality

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Gazprom FIFA (02)

For better or for worse, sport, politics and big business are closely linked. Nowhere is this more apparent than around  sport mega-events, where political and economic agendas are omnipresent. Between Sochi and Rio de Janeiro, the year 2014 has again provided ample illustration for how the immense social reach of sport is instrumentalised for global […]

Stakeholder involvement in health - too little, too much or just right?

Ellie Brooks |

Stakeholder involvement has been the focus of much discussion and debate in recent months, in relation to both the delivery and the design of EU policy. In the current economic climate, mechanisms such as public-private partnerships (PPPs) can be effective tools for financing innovation and delivering services, but balancing the role of industry with public […]

Road to Paris: Time for UK to show leadership on climate change

Dr Matthew Aylott |

The next twelve months will be critical in shaping the European Union’s position on climate change, ahead of the all-important UN climate negotiations which start next November in Paris. But will the UK be a help or a hindrance to delivering ambitious action on climate change? At the UN Climate Summit in New York this […]

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The UK's new Commission portfolio: Making the EU not worse instead of better

Anthony Salamone |

Ebullient was the mood in London upon the announcement of the incoming European Commission on September 10th. Britain’s European Commission nominee, Jonathan Hill, was given the freshly created Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union portfolio by new Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The recently retired Leader of the House of Lords, Lord Hill was […]

UKIP's Indian summer?

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

It’s conference session again and so a useful time to gauge where parties are at with their positions on the EU. Labour’s leadership largely avoided the issue, mainly because of the continuing pressure from various factions to press for a referendum on membership. Given Miliband’s anticipation (justified or not) that he will be in Number 10 in […]

The Debate About Integration

Osmi Anannya |

Integration of migrants in the United Kingdom, more culturally and socially different than British people, can give way to creating a much more diverse society. It would beget stronger communities of people more aligned to British interests and more eager to erase out the presence of any form of extremism, prejudice or intolerance towards sundry people. […]

Fair competition and legitimacy

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  Like many team sports football is essentially competitive. Even among friends the game provides more pleasure if played with the aim of winning. But each competition needs rules that are perceived as just. Nothing is as likely to kill the interest of the game than the perception that there is no level playing field […]

Is the peace narrative really obsolete?

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30 years ago, the photo of François Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl holding hands in Verdun, the emblematic battlefield of World War One, went around the world. It is true that their gesture – which Kohl always insisted was a very spontaneous one – was quite unusual. Still, it was appropriate. After all, reconciliation between France […]

Worldwide Carbon Emissions Set for Record Levels in 2014 – Can the EU Step up its Leadership in New York and beyond?

Jonas Schoenefeld, Roisin Moriarty | | 1 comment

Recent data from the Global Carbon Project show that worldwide carbon dioxide emissions—the main driver of climate change—are set to reach a record-breaking 40 billion tones in 2014, led by a 2.5% rise in fossil fuel burning. In order to maintain a 66% chance of keeping global warming below 2 degrees—a widely accepted safety threshold—global […]

How not to use the Health in All Policies principle

Ellie Brooks |

In November 2009, following a sustained campaign by health actors and against strong opposition from the pharmaceutical industry, responsibility for EU policy on health technologies and pharmaceuticals was moved under the purview of the Directorate General (DG) for Health and Consumer Policy (SANCO). On 10 September 2014, the President-elect of the new European Commission, Jean-Claude […]

From description to analysis: why EU environmental policy research needs to move beyond the theoretical mainstream

Viviane Gravey |

The 44th conference of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) took place in University College Cork last week. It brought together about 400 scholars, including one hundred postgraduate students to discuss recent research in EU studies. As the biggest EU studies association, UACES and its general conference afford a great opportunity to gauge the state of […]

What impact would Scottish independence have on a Brexit referendum?

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

As we roll into the final week of the Scottish independence referendum campaign, things look to be closer than many (including myself) had anticipated: even if a No vote looks more likely than not, the success of the Yes campaign in mobilising and motivating voters mean that this will be a deeply consequential vote whatever […]

The Juncker Commission: On the way to a smaller European Commission?

Ronny Patz | | 1 comment

Today, the new President-elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, announced the composition and structure of the European Commission for 2014-2019 (video of the press conference, press release), a Commission that looks much more like a prime minister’s cabinet than any other Commission before. However, is this the first step to a new type of […]

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