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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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Venezuela, the Black Market & Price Inflation

Osmi Anannya |

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This year saw Venezuela being filled with protests, owing to violence, inflation, and a lack of basic amenities in the national landscape. The some approximate 6000 protests that happened for the last six months means that many student arrests, political demonstrations,  hunger strikes, followed, all in the name of doing something about the inflation and […]

4 topics that may interest you in my doctoral thesis

Ronny Patz |

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Last month, my PhD thesis “Information flows in the context of EU policy-making : affiliation networks and the post-2012 reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy” has been published online (under a Creative Commons license), so anyone is free to read it, quote it, criticise it. If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, […]

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What's in a European Commission President?

Anthony Salamone |

The next President of the European Commission faces a number of obstacles to a successful term of office. Political and institutional challenges, ranging from the power of the Council and the Parliament to the difficulty in building unity in the Commission, stand in the way of the President’s goals for the EU. In order to […]

Postmodern geopolitics

Mateusz Hudzikowski |

  Take a look at the article of Prof. J. Potulski on postmodern geopolitics.

The UK government must urgently overhaul its EU engagement strategy

Anthony Salamone | | 1 comment

Britain’s current approach to the European Union has led it to a state of isolation and policy failure. In order to ensure the country’s interests, the UK government needs to develop a new comprehensive EU strategy based on building sustainable coalitions with other Member States, establishing cooperative relations with the EU institutions and fostering broader […]

Erasmus after 2017?

roadto2017 |

Before the European Parliament elections in May the Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg tried to defend Europe against UKIP’s Nigel Farage’s and his wave of Eurosceptiscm. Whilst Clegg’s reputation may be in tatters from his back-peddling over raising tuition fees, he did manage to make one very good comment about the EU. Clegg […]

The new British policy on the European Union: scapegoats and crossed fingers

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

The European election fallout continues to amaze. In Brussels, Strasbourg and national capitals, the consequences of historic and contemporary decisions are working their way through the system. Jean-Claude Juncker’s election to Commission President might have been a shoe-in, but he still had 250 votes against him and the maths suggested that not all his grand coalition supported him. As […]

7 observations on Jean-Claude Juncker's President-elect speech

Ronny Patz | | 2 comments

During the European election campaign, I’ve seen a Jean-Claude Juncker who seemed tired, who did not seem up to speed during the debates with his contenders and who seemed to be disconnected from the party that supported him – the European People’s Party. But the speech he delivered yesterday let appear a different Jean-Claude Juncker. […]

Let's get started

roadto2017 |

Welcome to my blog! I intend to use this space to talk about the proposed referendum for 2017 which will allow the British public to decide whether they want to be in or out of the European Union. The recent European Parliament election results would suggest that a large percentage of the British public are […]

Britain's representation in the European Parliament

Anthony Salamone |

This May’s European elections have substantially changed the composition of the UK delegation to the European Parliament. Unfortunately, although Britain is a force in managing European political groups, it is not particularly well represented in the Parliament’s senior leadership. This deficit, combined with the reduction in the number of members from mainstream UK parties, means […]

Building the Knowledge Economy in Europe: New Constellations in European Research and Higher Education Governance

Europe of Knowledge | | 1 comment

Why do knowledge policies play an increasing role on the European political and policy agenda? What are the synergies and tensions between European research and higher education policies? What have been the successes and challenges in establishing the European Research Council and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology? What role do stakeholders play in […]

Debating the EU: How can we do it?

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

I was talking to a friend yesterday evening, who felt that a referendum on EU membership was a good thing. He agreed with my point that what the UK (and the Union more generally) needed was a full public debate, but saw a referendum as a way to kick-start that into life. Fortunately, the rest […]

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