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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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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 […]

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

Ronny Patz |

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 […]

Scottish referendum - A humble opinion from France

EU-Asia Institute | | 1 comment

In February 2005, three months before the French referendum on the constitutional treaty, I went to some of the first public information meetings on the stakes of the vote to come. One was organised by a local pro-European association, one by a local Member of the French parliament. At that time, the polls predicted a boring campaign with a positive vote by […]

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

christianschweiger |

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 […]

The good old Panzer steretoype

free | | 1 comment

Football has always been a major producer of stereotypes. The invention of ‘national playing styles’ at the beginning of 20th century drew, inevitably, massively on extra-sportive stereotypes accumulated over the centuries and safely stored in national narratives of perception and self-perception. The fact that for over a century, football discourse has been produced (and endlessly […]

Dave, Donald and the delusional understanding of the EU

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood | | 3 comments

It’s tempting to say that it’s been a classic summer for exposing the failings of British EU policy, but it would be more accurate to say that it’s been a summer much like any other: poor. May’s European elections exposed both the continued appeal of UKIP and the low level of public engagement (0.9% rise […]

Press Complaints Commission: Daily Mail breached The Editors' Code

Jon Danzig | | 7 comments

The Press Complaints Commission has upheld three of my complaints against the Daily Mail. The commission ruled that the newspaper breached The Editors’ Code of Practice on accuracy with its story about buses and planes from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK being full-up and sold-out. On New Year’s Eve last year, the Daily Mail […]

Why Mogherini's Appointment as the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs Matters Little

Kyriakos Moumoutzis | | 2 comments

Last weekend, the European Council (the heads of state or government of European Union [EU] member states) appointed Italian foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, as the next High Representative (HR) of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The holder of this post is responsible for ‘conducting the EU’s foreign policy. As was the case […]

Higher Education and World Politics

Europe of Knowledge |

Isaac Kamola In recent decades the world has witnessed massive expansion of higher education. The total number of universities is continuing to expand, as is the total percentage of the world’s population receiving college degrees.[1] Many governments, most notably in the Middle East and Asia, are spending large amounts of money on higher education in […]

A missed opportunity

EU-Asia Institute |

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 […]

Trajectories of a new European elite: A closer look at Mogherini's CV

Ronny Patz | | 3 comments

You could look at yesterday’s nomination of  Federica Mogherini as the future High Representative of the EU from a simple power balance and recent past perspective: She’s representing  one of large EU member states, one of the founding member states and her political party is the largest group within the Socialists and Democrats in the […]

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