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Will Britain be left behind by energy storage?

The prospect of either a UKIP government or a UKIP Tory coalition after the general election in May, could spell disaster for Britain’s renewable energy industry as well as the energy storage industry within the UK. UKIP’s energy policy is built around climate change denial, and the party is planning to repeal the 2008 Climate […]

We're in it together: the tangled web of EU politics

One of the recurring themes in talks I give about the EU is the notion of entanglement: the idea that ‘Europe’ is not some distant agency, doing things to us, but rather IS us (at least in part) and that we are caught up in it, whatever we feel about it. A couple of stories […]

Policy Entrepreneurs: Key Players in Bottom-up Climate [...]

As the top-down, United-Nations driven target setting approach to international climate through the Kyoto Protocol approach has increasingly been called into question, many have begun to highlight the advantage of bottom-up approaches. Whereas the top-down approach is analogous to divvying up a pie among different countries, the bottom-up approach means that each country contributes some […]

Climate Change Skepticism in the UK Independence Party

On 6 May 2005, the day after the UK general election, the Euroskeptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) had much to be concerned about. Despite fielding 558 national candidates, UKIP had no seats in the UK Parliament and had won only nine seats on local councils. Ten years later, things have changed. UKIP currently holds 370 […]

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10 years ago: Giscard defends the constitutional treaty at ESSCA

EU-Asia Institute |

Giscard speech

Ten years ago, in mid-April 2005, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing came to Angers in order to exchange with ESSCA students. Just six weeks before the French referendum on the constitutional treaty his visit was part of a campaign for an increasingly uncertain ‘yes’ vote. Given his role in chairing – with diplomatic skills and political know-how - the European Convention […]

An Existential Crisis? The European Union, Austerity and Paris 2015

Paul Tobin, Charlotte Burns |

Since 2010, the European responses to the global financial and economic crises have been dominated by a narrative of austerity. European governments have sought to bolster confidence in their economies by rolling back public spending. Austerity may pose an existential crisis for the European Union (EU), both regarding austerity-hit states being forced to leave the […]

Fings ain't what they used to be: Changing UKIP

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

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So we now have most of the major manifestos for the General Election. None of them – possibly bar the LibDems -  give me much cause to change my mind about the continuing failure of British politicians to talk about the detail of European integration. UKIP’s effort - released today - is a case in point. On one hand, it’s very […]

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Atlantic Urban Forum: Introduction

atlanticcities |

As a first post, I would like to present you the Atlantic Urban Forum, aka the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities, aka CAAC. This international association was created in 2000 by the then Mayor of Rennes, Edmond Hervé. It currently has 22 members representing 275 local entities and 8 million inhabitants of the European Atlantic […]

Theoretical Theatre: An innovative teaching method for EU Studies

Viviane Gravey | | 1 comment

The European Union has an image problem. The “permissive consensus”[1] (aka non-informed consent) that supported European integration up to the early 1990s is long gone, and the image of “the European construction” as a guarantee of peace is no longer sufficient. Even the last European Commission thought a “new narrative for Europe” was required. Of […]

Is the EU’s commitment to the 2°C target unravelling?

Tim Rayner, Andy Jordan | | 1 comment

‘2°C is an objective,’ EU Climate and Energy Commissioner  Miguel Arias Cañete said in February 2015, when questioned over the status of the widely recognised target for preventing ‘dangerous’ global warming[1] at this December’s Paris UN climate conference. ‘If we have an ongoing process you cannot say it is a failure if the mitigation commitments […]

Will Britain be left behind by energy storage?

jolyongumbrell |

The prospect of either a UKIP government or a UKIP Tory coalition after the general election in May, could spell disaster for Britain’s renewable energy industry as well as the energy storage industry within the UK. UKIP’s energy policy is built around climate change denial, and the party is planning to repeal the 2008 Climate […]

New Horizons in the Europe of Knowledge

Europe of Knowledge | | 1 comment

Inga Ulnicane and Meng-Hsuan Chou What are the boundaries of the Europe of Knowledge? Does a specific conceptualisation of scientific excellence lead to a more divided Europe of Knowledge? How are diverse aims of research policy such as economic competitiveness, societal relevance and research excellence reconciled? Do universities increasingly behave like private companies? These are […]

Russia's suspension of the CFE Treaty: a matter of time, by Camille-Renaud Merlen

Camille-Renaud Merlen |

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on 10 March that Russia would suspend its participation in the joint consultative group of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Force in Europe (CFE), thereby all but formally pulling out of the agreement. The application of the treaty had already been suspended by Russia in 2007, a move justified by […]

Gorillas, baboons and the wildilfe tourist 'You' in Uganda

Tina Schivatcheva |

‘Our cousins’ A furry face with a long snout and inquisitive eyes. He was not looking at us, the viewers – his attention was focused on the lush green jungle. The photo was taken in Uganda. ‘This is the baboon, our cousin,’ explained Dr. Busulwa, from the Makerere University [1]. Later I was to learn […]

We're in it together: the tangled web of EU politics

PoliticsatSurrey |

One of the recurring themes in talks I give about the EU is the notion of entanglement: the idea that ‘Europe’ is not some distant agency, doing things to us, but rather IS us (at least in part) and that we are caught up in it, whatever we feel about it. A couple of stories […]

Fair Trade – insights from Africa and the UK

Tina Schivatcheva |

Fairtrade – the global success story Fairtrade celebrated its 20th anniversary in October 2014. Growing from an obscure niche market to a globally recognized phenomenon, today the label is an established part of the UK commercial industry. Fairtrade International (or ‘FI’ – formally known as Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International or ‘FLO’) is the international body made up of the […]

What is the European Civil Society?

Carolina García Hervás |

Despite the usual criticisms about Europe being in the hands of powerful lobby groups an handful of bureaucrats, the European Union is in a listening mood today. While it is embracing the participatory channel out of need, the European Union has never been perceived so far away by its citizens. Europe wants to hear your voice regardless of who you are and what you […]

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