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Innovation policy mixes in the Baltic Sea Region

Anete Vītola In my paper, “Innovation policy mix in a multi-level context: The case of the Baltic Sea Region countries”, I analyze how multi-level innovation policy mixes function in the six countries of the Baltic Sea Region – Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The paper summarizes findings of my PhD thesis research on […]

What David Cameron can learn from SYRIZA

It has been little over a week since its electoral victory and SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) has already begun to back down from some of its most radical positions. Prior to the election, SYRIZA claimed that they would negotiate the forgiveness of the better part of Greece’s debt. Now Greek Finance Minister Yanis […]

Maligning the euro

It is a sad indicator of the state of the debate on the EU and the euro that commentators find it necessary to resort to extreme language to justify their prejudices; thus Camilla Cavendish in this weeks Sunday Times: “The intransigence of the eurocrats and their political backers, their refusal to accept that the euro […]

Europe’s Brexit Question

Focusing on what a Brexit could mean for Britain overlooks the more important question of what it could mean for Europe.

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The endlessly vanishing European issue

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

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There are many paradoxes in British politics, but the one that has most struck me in recent weeks has been the one about Europe. On the one hand, we are repeatedly told that the EU – and Britain’s role therein – is a crucial matter of public interest and public concern, and that it is […]

The committee structure of the European Parliament visualised

Ronny Patz |

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There are many ways to study the European Parliament. Votewatch.eu analyses roll call votes. Integritywatch.eu looks into side activities and side incomes of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). And political scientists study the European Parliament’s gender balance and many other topics that are of interest to wider or more limited audiences. Anybody who spends time researching, lobbying or […]

Saving EU democracy: emotional intelligence or cold stupidity?

Ronny Patz |

Heather Grabbe and Stefan Lehne claim in a new Carnegie Europe report and a shorter op-ed that all it needs to save EU democracy is ‘emotional intelligence’. I doubt that this is what we need, even if ‘emotional intelligence’ sounds nice. The idea sounds nice, because the opposite of ‘emotional intelligence’ is probably ‘cold stupidity’, and […]

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British manufacturer helping to make the German Energiewende a reality

jolyongumbrell |

On 17th February 2015, the British electrolyser manufacturer ITM Power announced it had delivered a proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser, to the energy company RWE Deutschland AG at Ibbenbüren in Germany. According to ITM Power this was the third rapid response power-to-gas PEM electrolyser installed by ITM Power in Germany. (1.) The delivery of the […]

The Greek Experience

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At a time when British eurosceptics are turning up the volume with seductive accounts of how Britain could become great again outside the EU, it is worth having a look at what is happening over Greece. Syriza, a protest party bringing together an unlikely coalition of idealists, populists, Marxists and the simply fed up, was […]

On the Road to Paris and Beyond: What Role for Political Parties?

Jonas Schoenefeld | | 1 comment

As governments gear up for the international climate change Conference of the Parties (COP) in Paris in December 2015, this post considers the role of political parties in climate politics. As the locus and focus of much modern-day political debate, parties arguably play a key role in shaping political conversations and actions on climate change. […]

British and German companies make progress with power-to-gas energy

jolyongumbrell |

The British power-to-gas energy company ITM Power announced in a press release on 11th February 2015, that its proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser had performed well in tests conducted for the Thüga Group in Germany.(1.) The electrolyser which has been in operation at Frankfurt-am-Main in Germany since 2013 converts electrical energy into hydrogen gas, which […]

Britain stands tall

watercrook | | 2 comments

A report in The Daily Telegraph Business Section, February 13 under the by-line of Bruno Waterfield, the long serving Brussels correspondent, begins as follows: “David Cameron has told Alexis Tspiras, the Greek Prime Minister, that he must make peace with Germany and the Eurozone or risk damaging Britain’s economic recovery.” It is not difficult to […]

Making the most of an EU referendum

Anthony Salamone |

The prospect of Britain holding a referendum on its EU membership is not particularly appealing. It would likely entail a lengthy and hard-fought campaign (the groundwork for which is starting to be laid now) and divert attention from pressing national issues. Beyond becoming the biggest distraction in Europe, an EU referendum could bring out impassioned […]

What are the effects of the EU Law?

Carolina García Hervás |

I will focus on the effects of EU law. That is what happens when the EU does act, when the EU does use its competences? However, before we can take a closer look at the actual mechanisms that give effect to EU law, I want to make sure that we’re on the same page about what EU law even is. EU law can be viewed […]

Europe’s responsibility towards Ukraine, by Camille-Renaud Merlen

Camille-Renaud Merlen |

The renewed outburst of large-scale violence in Ukraine has propelled the conflict to the headlines once again. These events should come as no surprise. Even before the recent flaring up of hostilities, the Minsk ceasefire was extremely precarious, with over 1,300 deadly victims between September and January. Yet as late as 10 January, Merkel refused […]

Against the stream

EU-Asia Institute |

In the current high season of EU-bashing, whoever stands for whatever election seems to be well advised to either join the chorus of Eurosceptics or avoid the topic altogether. It is all the more surprising – one is tempted to say: refreshing – that Alain Juppé, mayor of Bordeaux and former prime minister (1995-1997), has […]

(No) Gender balance in political science publishing?

Ronny Patz |

My discipline – political science – is far away from gender balance, especially at the top where men still dominate professorships. My impression was that this is also true for (peer-reviewed) publications – and a first look into the reality of 50 different journals seems to confirm this: 66% out of 749 recent research articles […]

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