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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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Do International Institutions matter? Why?

Carolina García Hervás |

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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 |

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 |

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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 […]

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

Anthony Salamone |

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 […]

Who holds the responsibility to protect? And who is to be protected?

Normative Power Europe? |

Lucke Glanville argues in his recent Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect (2014) that this responsibility dates back from the 16th and 17th centuries. However, a good number of scholars believe that the first “humanitarian intervention” took place in Bulgaria in 1876, when Ottoman troops attacked villages killing thousands of civilians. Outraged, the British public […]

A country called Europe?

Jon Danzig |

The designers of a new ‘social atlas of Europe’ hope it will help Europeans to view their continent as their homeland.  The maps below look at Europe in a different way to usual cartography – they are part of a collection of ‘social maps’ of Europe being launched at the Royal Geographical Society on Wednesday […]

Doctoral Education and the Knowledge Economy: European and U.S. Policy Debates

Europe of Knowledge | | 2 comments

Corina Balaban and Susan Wright How has doctoral education been changing in Europe and the U.S? Why, and what are the implications for researchers, institutions and wider society? Two experts opened this debate at the start of a project to train early stage researchers Universities in the Knowledge Economy (UNIKE). Prof. Pavel Zgaga from the […]

42.54% turnout: How preparing my European Studies course made EU news this week

Ronny Patz | | 2 comments

Some academics may think teaching is an obligation that disturbs research. In the publish-or-perish economy of academic life, it may seem as if teaching doesn’t add much to general knowledge and research. But it does, as my discovery this week of the 42.54% turnout figure for the 2014 EU elections shows. Preparing for my European […]

A Financial Services Commissioner: Impact for Britain

Anthony Salamone |

The past few weeks have seen the idea of a dedicated European Commissioner for Financial Services resurface one again. At present, financial services form part of the wide-ranging Internal Market and Services portfolio. While the prospect inevitably brings its own pros and cons, on balance it has the potential to be a good development for […]

BoJo for PM? The Johnsonian vision for the EU

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

It’s August, and the temptation to simply lay down tools and ignore the world around us is strong. However, it would also be a mistake, since the world continues to turn and since some people are working hard on their campaigns for the general election next spring. Last week, I wrote about UKIP and their […]

Illegal Fishing Control: Why Europe Needs a Common Software Platform

iuufishing | | 1 comment

Council Regulation 1005 / 2008 (the IUU Regulation) is a European Union (EU) legislative tool designed to reinforce and support pre-existing normative measures established by the international community to control illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The potential of the IUU regulation to disincentivise IUU fishing practices gravitates around the indisputable power of the EU as […]

When Europe was created.

Carolina García Hervás |

Before becoming a real political objective, the idea of uniting Europe was just a dream in the minds of philosophers and visionaries. Victor Hugo, for example, imagined a peaceful ‘United States of Europe’ inspired by humanistic ideals. The dream was shattered by the terrible wars that ravaged the continen during the first half of the 20th century. However, a […]

When art asks questions we can use to teach politics

Helene Dyrhauge |

Currently many university teachers are reviewing their modules, contemplating making changes or recycling last year’s curriculum or are faced with developing a whole new module … we have all been there. One of the modules I teach is a first year module “political science”, which is the introduction module for all social science students. Thus, […]

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