Ideas on Europe

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Monthly Archives: October 2013

What is the place of ideals in higher education and science?

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Ideals help us to see not only the trees or the forest but also the space between the trees. So, what is scientific research compromising?   388 researchers from humanities and social and natural sciences around the globe were asked about their highest ideal as a researcher. Results show that 33% of researchers and teachers […]

The EU Common Fisheries Policy reform: Getting my documents at last!

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It’s almost 3 months since I submitted my doctoral thesis. It’s 23 months since I filed a complaint to the European Ombudsman. It’s 24 months since I filed a confirmatory application to the European Commission to get 5 documents on the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy reform. It’s 26 months since I requested the 1st of […]

Connecting Europe – TEN-T rail projects fiction or real?

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The Commission has recently revised the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T). Similar to previous TEN-T revisions, the new TEN-T priority projects focus on investment in new cross-border rail infrastructure aiming to connect Europe and alleviate road congestions. Interestingly the new TEN-T map emphasises the increased east-west trade – thus recognising the eastward enlargement. The first […]

NSA surveillance confirms the realist paradigm, and I am not happy about that

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Only a few days ago I briefly presented the research of my life, which I have just started and deals with the influence that human rights make on foreign policy making in Europe. In particular, at the moment I am reading and thinking about why countries choose to embrace and foster certain human rights norms […]

Point of View: Time for Europe’s Leaders to Talk Strategy

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By Ben Jones Last Wednesday Baroness Ashton, the EU High Representative, launched her report on the Common Security and Defence Policy. The paper is intended to inform a discussion that EU leaders will hold at their upcoming December European Council summit. While the eurosceptics will doubtless recoil at the EU’s having any role in such matters, […]

Global University Rankings: Challenges for European Higher Education

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What effects global university rankings have in diverse national, disciplinary and institutional contexts? Why do they attract so much attention? What do they tell about global power shift and changing transnational policy discourse on higher education? Do rankings facilitate stratification and commodification of higher education? Today a new book Global University Rankings: Challenges for European […]

When is now for eurosceptics?

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At the end of last week, the Commission announced it was supporting the opening of accession negotiations with Albania, a decision that the December European Council will be asked to approve. This comes on the back of a 4 year process since Albania lodged its application, including a series of very stringent and involved demands by […]