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A Quiet Success? The EU-China Partnership in Practice

How are Sino-European relations doing today? “Rather well, since you ask.” This could have been President Xi Jinping’s reply to a hypothetical question he could have been asked during his recent visit to Brussels. For slightly over ten years since the launch of the EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, links between the two giants are wider […]

Fake neutrality

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 […]

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EU Accountability Conference 2014

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President Caldeira at the Conference on EU Accountability

How to achieve accountability at MS level for shared management? What should the remit for auditors at EU and national level be? How to account for EU policy’s effectiveness and measure impact? How should the European Central Bank (ECB) be held to account? Why is the ESM/ESFS a special case, and challenge, for public audit? How to democratically […]

Illegal Fishing and Europe: Control Begins At Home

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Oceana has reported on the concerning state of swordfish fisheries in the Mediterranean, highlighting in particular the indiscriminate targeting and trading of this fish by EU (particularly Italian) vessels. According to the NGO, EU inspectors recorded a series of serious incidents in Italy during March 2013. These included the widespread trading of undersize swordfish, unusually […]

The Barroso legacy: An academic look back

Ronny Patz |

Last week, the European Commission published its own legacy report in the form of a 600+ pages document titled “European Commission 2004 – 2014. A testimony by the president with selected documents“, opening the room for the first analyses of the legacy of 10 years with José Manuel Durão Barroso leading the European Commission. I have […]

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Questioning the effectiveness of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

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Two special reports published this month by the European Court of Auditors question the added value of the EU budget when channelled through fisheries and regional development programmes, to projects aiming to protect and improve aquaculture, and biodiversity more generally. ‘Each year the EU produces about 1,3 million tonnes of fish from aquaculture, and the sector has a turnover […]

“Good Administration” comes to Deusto’s European Journal

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How much would you trust EU institutions if you suspected that they were badly governed? Not too much, I guess. Then why is it that arguments around EU democratic legitimacy tend to focus on better results (output legitimacy) or improved citizen participation (intput legitimacy)? This is likely because reforms aimed at improving public administration do not actually pay […]

The European Court of Auditors presents its Landscape Review

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On 3 September 2014, Maria-Luisa Sanchez-Barrueco (Universidad de Deusto), Paul Stephenson (SciencesPo Paris/Maastricht University), Hartmut Aden (Berlin School of Economics and Law) and Jacques Sciberras (European Court of Auditors) presented four papers in their panel ‘Financial Accountability in the European Union: Building the Cathedral of EU Legitimacy?’ at the 44th UACES conference in Cork, Ireland.   While […]

What is negotiation?

Carolina García Hervás |

Negotiation is unequivocally one of the most essential tools in any conflict management an resolution activities. The primary purpose of any negotiation activity is to reduce differences between the parties. The differences that are at the core of the dispute. The faster conflict escalates, the more crucial it is to start considering negotiation as an […]

Britain's EU membership hangs by one less thread

Anthony Salamone | | 1 comment

Britain, it seems, owes the European Union a certain sum of money. In every year since 2002, it has underpaid into the EU budget and the day of reckoning has finally arrived. However, as usual when it comes to ‘Europe’ for the UK, symbolism triumphs over substance. The country has been hit with a bill […]

Swedish Submarine Search Signals Sub Par Stockholm Capabilities

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By James Krotz For over a week, the Royal Swedish Navy and Air Force have been frantically looking for a suspected Russian submarine in Ingaro Bay, the main port approach to the wharves of Stockholm.  On Thursday, the search was finally called off, ending the largest Swedish naval operation since the end of the Cold […]

French economist Jean Marcel Tirole awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics

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Several days ago, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences selected Jean Marcel Tirole to be the 75th recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics. This French economist (the third Frenchman ever to receive this award and 23rd non-American) comes from the Toulouse School of Economics and is recognized for his analysis of market power and […]

Illegal Fishing of Swordfish Highlights Weaknesses in IUU Control Mechanisms

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Swordfish has been in the limelight this year, not less because of the recent ban handed by the EU to Sri Lanka, a swordfish exporter to European markets.  The ban is likely to be implemented in early 2015 and will close the Union’s doors to a substantial volume of seafood. According to the European Commission, […]

Stock-taking on Britain and the EU

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood | | 1 comment

As we enter the last 200 days of this current Parliament, it’s perhaps useful to spend a moment thinking about where the UK finds itself in relation to the EU. But this is a very reductive reading of the situation. Let’s start by considering UKIP, seeming standard-bearer that it is of the anti-EU movement. Carswell’s […]

Lotus Festival brings the world to Bloomington

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By Andrew Miller Recently the streets of downtown Bloomington underwent a transformation. The bustle of traffic and the sound of honking horns was replaced with the hum of excited crowds and the beats of music from around the world. The 21st Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, which brings artists from across the globe to […]

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