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The ‘national interest’ test in the Pfizer - Astra [...]

As the deadline under the new ‘put up or shut up’ rules of the UK Takeover Panel came to a close on Monday 26 May, Pfizer admitted defeat in its bid to buy AstraZeneca. Pfizer’s withdrawal brought to a close four months of wooing that, had it been successful, would have been the largest foreign […]

European Policy on Illegal Fishing: Emergence of an In [...]

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing refers to infringements of management and conservation laws established to regulate fishing activities in national or international waters.  It is a persistent phenomenon that thrives due to complex interactions. From a European policy perspective, the following is considered to be IUU fishing:[1] a)  Fishing or transhipping in an RFMO […]

Why Juncker is not Cameron's problem

Since the elections for the European Parliament in May, public debate on European Union (EU) politics has gradually become dominated by the so-called ‘Juncker question’: the issue of the appointment of the next President of the Commission and more specifically British Prime Minister David Cameron’s opposition to the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker, the candidate of […]

EU Stakeholders Divided over Reforming the EU Emission [...]

The European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is currently the world’s largest market-based policy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Operating since 2005, the EU ETS sets a steadily-decreasing cap on the greenhouse gases that installations can emit in 31 countries.[1] “Emission allowances”, tradable permits to emit one ton of greenhouse gases[2], are allocated for […]

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Higher Education and World Politics

Europe of Knowledge |

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Isaac Kamola In recent decades the world has witnessed massive expansion of higher education. The total number of universities is continuing to expand, as is the total percentage of the world’s population receiving college degrees.[1] Many governments, most notably in the Middle East and Asia, are spending large amounts of money on higher education in […]

A missed opportunity

EU-Asia Institute |

Cartoon by Nel (Ioan Cozacu)

20 years ago, on the 1st of September 1994, two German MPs from the CDU led by Helmut Kohl published a position paper, which bore the innocuous title ‘Reflexions on European Politics’ and which became quickly named the ‘Schäuble-Lamers Paper’ after its authors. The propositions and recommendations formulated in this rather dense document of a […]

Trajectories of a new European elite: A closer look at Mogherini's CV

Ronny Patz | | 1 comment

You could look at yesterday’s nomination of  Federica Mogherini as the future High Representative of the EU from a simple power balance and recent past perspective: She’s representing  one of large EU member states, one of the founding member states and her political party is the largest group within the Socialists and Democrats in the […]

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Could the UK Green Investment Bank become a victim of its own success?

Jeremy Moulton | | 1 comment

In 2008, with the passing of the Climate Change Act, the UK government set the target of reducing CO2 emissions by 80% of the 1990 baseline by 2050. The setting of this target, coupled with targets set at the European level, furthered the need for new, innovative approaches to the reduction of CO2 emissions that […]

New World Order - An Old Issue

Mateusz Hudzikowski |

Great text of Dr. T. Klin entitled  The Visions of the International Order in German and Anglo-American Geopolitical Thought During the Second World War can be read here.

The devolved political institutions should have a say in Britain’s EU future

Anthony Salamone | | 2 comments

This past week, the Scottish Government published a paper outlining its priorities for EU reform. Naturally, considering the pro-independence position of the Scottish National Party (SNP), it makes a number of references to how an independent Scotland would interact with the European Union. However, arguments on independence aside, the paper is noteworthy for its compelling […]

A list of all Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) since 1979

Ronny Patz |

For research purposes, we requested a list of all MEPs since 1979 from the European Parliament (under Regulation 1049/2001 on access to EU documents). We received the data today, 25 August 2014, from the European Parliament in two Excel sheets, one for 1979-June 2014 and one for the new period since July 2013. I’ve combined […]

The Juncker Presidencies & EU budget stability

Ronny Patz | | 1 comment

I’m just doing some research on budgetary rules in the Eurozone, pre- and post-crisis, and stumbled over some interesting EU trivia: Reading the original Council Regulation (Regulation 1466/97) on the Stability and Growth Pact which was meant to ensure fiscal discipline in the Eurozone, I saw that this regulation was signed by then Council President […]

How Europe should change tax policy?

Nino Dundua |

Last June Eurostat published the 2014 edition of ‘Taxation trends in the European Union‘ which outlines current tax and social security issues within EU. According to the report European economy experiences recession and one of the catalyzing factor of the process is current tax policy. More recently, the president of the European Central Bank (ECB) announced […]

Do International Institutions matter? Why?

Carolina García Hervás | | 1 comment

Actually the question is: Do International Institutions, mainly, reflect the preferences of the most powerful states? Or can they develop a life of their own?  I think they often reflect both. Obviously the most powerful states crucial for setting up these Organizations and for obtaining as credible International Organizations, but. Over a period of time, the Organizations often do develop a particular culture, […]

A new economic miracle for Europe built on renewable energy

jolyongumbrell | | 2 comments

The common threat to the economic prosperity of every member state of the European Union is a breakdown in energy supply, because we have to rely on fossil fuels in the form of oil and gas imported from regions of the world where there are wars and human rights abuses. An even greater threat – […]

Apprenticeships Can Challenge Youth Unemployment

Osmi Anannya | | 1 comment

Youth unemployment is seeing a decline in the United Kingdom but somewhere around 900,000 young people are still unemployed. That is approximately one out of every five 16-24 year old, with 40 percent of the entirely unemployed demographic being younger than 25. Since David Cameron came to power, to get the facts right, youth unemployment […]

Britain can mitigate its euro-isolation by building a shared vision for Europe

Anthony Salamone | | 1 comment

In recent years, economic and financial crisis has threatened the sustainability of the European Union. The general European response has been to push for more integration, especially in economic and fiscal policy in the Eurozone. Efforts to strengthen the Union this way are understandable, if not predictable. In any case, creating a stronger euro area […]

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