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Who needs what from the European Council?

The European Council today and tomorrow is an important staging post for the Article 50 process. It marks the point at which the EU27 had decided they would review the negotiations and take stock. More particularly, the original mandate for the Commission suggested that this was the point at which the European Council would take […]

CATALONIA: A SUSPENDED INDEPENDENCE WITHOUT DECLARATION.

Within the known as the “procés”, or the “Catalan question”, on 10th October 2017 the President of the Catalan Government participated in a regular session of the Catalan Parliament in order to give an balance of the political situation in the region. In his speech Mr. Puigdemont reported the positive results of the alleged referendum […]

Following the German trend? Austria votes on Sunday.

Elections in Austria? Again? Most non-Austrian react with bewilderment when they take note of the forthcoming Austrian elections on 15 October: elections, now? Have they not just voted? Indeed. On 4 December 2016 Austria had to re-run its presidential elections, with the quasi-Green candidate Alexander van der Bellen winning by a really small margin of […]

The Czechs are going to vote. And strengthen the popul [...]

In ten days (October 19-20) Czech voters will go to the polling stations. After four years, they will decide once more about the future of Czechia – as the republic in the middle of the Europe is (unsuccessfully) trying to rebrand its name. And once more, these elections are portrayed as “important” or “path-breaking”, not […]

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UK awareness of EU regional policy over time

Christopher Huggins |

© European Union, 2017

  A couple of months ago I wrote about the latest Flash Eurobarometer survey on perceptions of EU regional policy. One of the interesting results was the apparent increase in awareness of EU regional policy in the UK after the referendum.   Having now had a chance to access the raw data as part of […]

Who needs what from the European Council?

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

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The European Council today and tomorrow is an important staging post for the Article 50 process. It marks the point at which the EU27 had decided they would review the negotiations and take stock. More particularly, the original mandate for the Commission suggested that this was the point at which the European Council would take […]

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CATALONIA: A SUSPENDED INDEPENDENCE WITHOUT DECLARATION.

Joaquín Sarrión Esteve |

Within the known as the “procés”, or the “Catalan question”, on 10th October 2017 the President of the Catalan Government participated in a regular session of the Catalan Parliament in order to give an balance of the political situation in the region. In his speech Mr. Puigdemont reported the positive results of the alleged referendum […]

Following the German trend? Austria votes on Sunday.

Heidi Maurer |

Elections in Austria? Again? Most non-Austrian react with bewilderment when they take note of the forthcoming Austrian elections on 15 October: elections, now? Have they not just voted? Indeed. On 4 December 2016 Austria had to re-run its presidential elections, with the quasi-Green candidate Alexander van der Bellen winning by a really small margin of […]

Research Executive Agencies in Europe: Some Reflections

Europe of Knowledge |

Que Anh Dang  How might we understand the changing governance of scientific research at national, regional and supranational levels in Europe? What are the prevailing and conflicting political, economic, cultural and ideational discourses, discursive contexts and rationales for constituting and governing intermediary research executive agencies? How do they operate? What are the consequences/outcomes caused by […]

More negotiation theory in Article 50

PoliticsatSurrey | | 1 comment

I’ve talked before about how negotiation theory might throw some light on the Article 50 process, but it seems useful to return to the subject, given the continuing difficulties that the sides are encountering: might the literature offer some insights? Today, it’s Zartman who springs to mind. He writes on the conflict management side of negotiation, which […]

Communicating EU regional policy and the EU referendum

Christopher Huggins |

Last year I was fortunate enough to take part in a masterclass for early career researchers on EU regional policy organised by the Regional Studies Association, the EU Committee of the Regions and the European Commission. The masterclass was part of the annual European Week of Regions and Cities, which last year it took place […]

The Czechs are going to vote. And strengthen the populists further.

Petr Kaniok |

In ten days (October 19-20) Czech voters will go to the polling stations. After four years, they will decide once more about the future of Czechia – as the republic in the middle of the Europe is (unsuccessfully) trying to rebrand its name. And once more, these elections are portrayed as “important” or “path-breaking”, not […]

Globalization and Change in Higher Education: Economic, Political, and Social Explanations

Europe of Knowledge |

Beverly Barrett The internationalization of higher education is a response to the pressures of globalization. There are economic, political, and social explanations for the reforms that have taken place in Europe since the Bologna Process launched 18 years ago on June 19, 1999 in the historic university city of Bologna, Italy. Correspondingly, these explanations for […]

Nation-building. Participant observation, June 2015.

Albrecht Sonntag |

A text I published elsewhere over two years ago. Read it again against the backdrop of this week’s news, found it still valid.   It is not every day that a researcher has the opportunity to be the eye-witness of a nation in the making. Sunday evening 7 June 2015, at the intersection between Avinguda […]

Must May go, or might May stay? A Brexit balancesheet

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

There’s nothing very useful to be to added to the general cacophony around Theresa May’s speech to her party conference yesterday: the jokes have all been made, the judgments handed in. But one aspect that’s been relatively overlooked is the impact on Brexit: as discussion continues to swirl about, could it improve things to have […]

Measuring the Impact of EU Accession on Potential Candidate Country Parliaments

Crossroads Europe | | 1 comment

Publication resulting from the UACES 2017 PhD and ECR Conference The impact of an EU membership perspective on the national parliament of potential candidate countries is an important yet underexplored subject, writes Blerim Vela. Outlining some of the elements of his research, he suggests that the executive-legislature relationship and strength of the media and civil society […]

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