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Catalonia: Headlong into the unknown.

Come October, something with high political voltage will happen in Catalonia and, therefore, in Spain. The main question is that nobody knows exactly what will be. The Catalan Government is strongly committed to holding a referendum on Catalan independence, while the Spanish central government is just as strongly committed to preventing anyone from taking part […]

Unbundling and reassembling knowledge production

Janja Komljenovic ‘Unbundling and reassembling knowledge production’ was the title of the panel that I have convened with Susan Robertson at the recent General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) that this year took place in Oslo, 6-9 September; this panel was part of the section organized by the ECPR Standing Group […]

2nd Call for Blog Contributions

Following a succesfull series of guest blogs by highly-esteemed academics, contributions to a maximum of 1.000 words are once more invited on any issue relevant to the EU and democratic principles or processes, from any discipline within the social sciences, economics or law. Please send all proposals or full blog submissions for review at euanddemocracy@gmail.com. […]

Brexit and the German Elections: a Tale of Two Countries

1. In early August, FT columnist Simon Kuper dedicated his weekly piece to the three ‘enduring flaws’ of British politics as revealed by Brexit. His (rather devastating) diagnosis – ‘substance-free, hot air’ rhetoric instead of political debate, ‘the ruling class’s insularity’, and ‘delusions of grandeur’ – was accompanied by a delicious illustration by Harry Haysom. […]

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Running down the clock as a strategy in Article 50

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

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As we all wait with baited breath - possibly - for Theresa May’s Florence speech, I’d like to explore one aspect of Article 50 that’s been visible but somewhat under-considered: the time constraint. Having talked with various people in Brussels and London in recent weeks, I’ve been struck by how time is seen both as a help […]

Catalonia: Headlong into the unknown.

José Moisés Martín |

Diada

Come October, something with high political voltage will happen in Catalonia and, therefore, in Spain. The main question is that nobody knows exactly what will be. The Catalan Government is strongly committed to holding a referendum on Catalan independence, while the Spanish central government is just as strongly committed to preventing anyone from taking part […]

Unbundling and reassembling knowledge production

Europe of Knowledge |

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Janja Komljenovic ‘Unbundling and reassembling knowledge production’ was the title of the panel that I have convened with Susan Robertson at the recent General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) that this year took place in Oslo, 6-9 September; this panel was part of the section organized by the ECPR Standing Group […]

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2nd Call for Blog Contributions

euanddemocracy |

Following a succesfull series of guest blogs by highly-esteemed academics, contributions to a maximum of 1.000 words are once more invited on any issue relevant to the EU and democratic principles or processes, from any discipline within the social sciences, economics or law. Please send all proposals or full blog submissions for review at euanddemocracy@gmail.com. […]

Brexit and the German Elections: a Tale of Two Countries

Albrecht Sonntag |

1. In early August, FT columnist Simon Kuper dedicated his weekly piece to the three ‘enduring flaws’ of British politics as revealed by Brexit. His (rather devastating) diagnosis – ‘substance-free, hot air’ rhetoric instead of political debate, ‘the ruling class’s insularity’, and ‘delusions of grandeur’ – was accompanied by a delicious illustration by Harry Haysom. […]

Transitional Justice: some thoughts

ukraineseurope |

The case of Ukraine suggests that the post-conflict tensions have not been alleviated after numerous political fractures, moreover, they were aggravated by the absence of concerted measures aimed at general and specific features of this post-totalitarian country. As a result, the perpetration of further crimes could not be deterred after gaining independence. The absence of […]

Probably, shading to possibly: the chances of a Brexit deal

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

I’m in Brussels this week, getting a practitioner counterpoint to last week’s academic reflections on the whole Brexit business. While it’s reassuring to see that the two views are not so different, it is not an inspiring picture and it invites an obvious question about whether Article 50 is going to get to a deal or not. […]

The EU Withdrawal Bill: A Local Perspective

Christopher Huggins |

I’ve just returned from the 2017 UACES conference in Krakow, where I presented a paper on the (rather limited) role of local government in the EU referendum campaign. One of the key starting points of the paper was that little concern is given to the local dimension when discussing Brexit. This is no only reflected […]

The Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church as an agent of national emancipation? Some directions for future inquiry.

ukraineseurope |

The interplay between political and religious spheres before and after 1918 in electoral processes of nowadays Western Ukraine, which was a part of Austro-Hungarian Empire, is a fascinating topic. The relationships between religious and legal-political institutions, as well as important societal cleavages, based on region, ethnicity and political preferences in Galicia were not sufficiently attended […]

The great and the good of Brexit

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I’m just back from the UACES conference in Krakow, which was filled – like last year’s – with much talk of Brexit. I came away 12 months ago with a lot to get out of my system (here and here), but this time I am filled more with weariness: 90% of what I wrote 12 months ago still applies. […]

How Brexit Reveals the Inherent Flaws of Devolution

Antonella Forganni |

While the debate on Brexit remains heated, with all eyes fixed on the ongoing negotiation process and its consequences for both the EU and the UK, it is important to remind oneself that the United Kingdom does not only consist of the four ‘home nations’, but also of a variety of regions. In other words: […]

Innovating regional ecosystems and modernizing professional higher education

Europe of Knowledge |

Sandra Hasanefendic Fostering regional and innovation ecosystems through strengthening professional higher education and related research activities has been an imperative in recent years in Europe and globally. I have been personally involved both as a researcher, and expert adviser in understanding how and through which mechanisms can this be achieved. In recent years, I have […]

The post - Crimean world: Russia´s annexation and its consequences.

ukraineseurope |

I would like to take a look at the factual and legal aspects of Russia´s aggression against Ukraine´s territorial integrity in early 2014. Indeed, to what extent has the international law been violated and what are the consequences?   In February 2014 Russian authorities used the internal political conflict in Ukraine to deprive the Ukrainian […]

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