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Adrift on a Sea of Cultures

Can Europeans learn anything from America’s experience with immigrants? Mike Ungersma argues there is much to be gained. What happens if we place a drop of red dye into a beaker of clear water? Do we have clear water plus a spot of red dye? Obviously not. We have a new coloration to every molecule […]

Detention of Irregular Migrants in Spain

The detention of irregular migrants in specialized centers to ensure their removal is a contentious precautionary measure. Although the Return Directive does not constitute the ultimate solution to this controversial issue, nor has the CJEU been very concrete and clear in the matter, both have had an important impact on the Spanish detention legislation (Organic […]

France 2017: The unexpected rehabilitation of an adjective

For as long as I have lived in this country – a quarter century, after all – the surest way for French politicians to put an end to their political career was to make a statement, however prudent, in favour of ‘liberalism’. Once labelled a ‘liberal’, you could be sure to be turned in no […]

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Too hot to handle? The Renewable Heat Incentive scheme & the Northern Irish meltdown

Viviane Gravey |

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Since December, Northern Ireland has been bogged down in a major scandal on an apparently simple policy instrument – the renewable heat incentive scheme. The scheme, closed in early 2016, was set up in 2012 to encourage renewable heat uptake. Since then, it has generated a massive overspend (more than £1bn UK public money, £600 […]

France 2017: The Party Formerly Known as Socialist

Albrecht Sonntag |

Socialistes et Europe

On a study trip to Brussels about fifteen years ago, a major French socialist MEP gave a good lesson in French political semantics to my student group. In a nutshell, she explained that she and her group were perfectly at ease working with all the Social-Democrats from Germany or Sweden and elsewhere, as well as […]

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Ten years of the European Research Council: Taking stock and looking forward

Europe of Knowledge |

Ten years after its establishment, the European Research Council is largely seen as a success story. In his new book The European Research Council political scientist and former scientific advisor to the president of the European Research Council Thomas König provides a detailed account of often very complex history on how this success story of […]

Two years on, how Charlie can you be?

Albrecht Sonntag |

Already two years since the Charlie Hebdo shootings, which in hindsight look like a prelude to a series the end of which does not seem to be in sight. Is Europe still Charlie? Many Europeans, the large majority of whom had never heard of this magazine before, still claim they are, and there is no […]

The Brexit negotiation is not a google search

Prof. Richard Rose |

In a Google search you put in what you are looking for and get thousands of results, with just what you want near the top of the list. Even if there is no exact match, you will get a number of suggestions that meet most of your requirements. Like a blank Google search prompt, the […]

The substance of Brexit

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

A new year, but the same old problems. Not only do we not know what Brexit will look like, we’re not even sure of the dimensions of what it could look like. This is a real issue – both academically and politically – because any post-membership relationship will have to find positions for those involved […]

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euanddemocracy |

-  ΝΕΟ BLOG: κ. Αλέξανδρος Κυριακίδης “Τα Μέτρα Αναδιανομής και η Επιστολή Τσακαλώτου.” -  NEW POST: Ms. Marica Frangakis on  “EU Exit – The Role of the Left.”

Τα Μέτρα Αναδιανομής και η Επιστολή Τσακαλώτου

Mr. Alexandros Kyriakidis |

Η επιστολή του Υπουργού Οικονομικών δεν περιλαμβάνει νέες δεσμεύσεις, δεν ανακαλεί τα μέτρα που ανακοινώθηκαν από τον Πρωθυπουργό, ούτε και έρχεται σε αντίθεση με την υλοποίηση των μέτρων στην Ελληνική έννομη τάξη. Τα μέτρα που λήφθηκαν δεν φαίνεται να εμπίπτουν στο πλαίσιο της δέσμευσης αποφυγής μονομερών ενεργειών

Theresa May is throwing away the Tory legacy

Jon Danzig |

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, seems to be in a desperate hurry. She wants to break-away from the EU within two years of triggering Article 50, and to have a new EU trade deal in place at the same time. That’s something top EU lawyer, Jean-Claude Piris, said will be ‘totally impossible.’ Next, Mrs May […]

EU Exit - The Role of the Left

Ms. Maria Frangkakis |

The left finds itself in a difficult position.  Its role is needed more than ever in the post-WWII period.  However, its internal divisions limit its impact on developments.  This state of limbo must be overcome, if the left is to be able to push forward and work towards putting an end to the crisis in […]

France 2017: Happy New Year? You must be joking!

Albrecht Sonntag |

Come January, social pressure runs higher than ever in France. If you do not wish a smashing ‘Bonne année!’ to absolutely anybody you may come across during the entire month, you’re a social outcast. The Elysée is of course not exempt from this pressure: one of the most bizarre rituals of the French Republican Monarchy […]

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