Ideas on Europe

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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Explaining POLITICO Europe’s overreaction to Jon Worth’ blog post: an explorative approach

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Fellow Euroblogger Jon Worth* this morning published a commentary on Politico Europe, the news outlet I let my European Studies summer school students read every morning this August. What followed needs some serious academic attention, and serious attention is what you are going to get in this blog post. Having seen Jon blog for years […]

The pause button

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Between the murderous attacks on Friday 13 and yesterday’s national remembrance ceremony, living in France felt like the PAUSE button had been pressed. Everybody keeps telling everybody else ‘il faut continuer à vivre!’, but this sounds like one of these resolutions that are to be implemented at a later stage, not now. These rare moments […]

Insurers can help combat the marine overfishing crisis

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As the World Bank points out, the oceans have a vast potential to unlock sustainable development, being also a key factor in the regulation of the Earth’s climate systems.  The ocean feeds and provides work security for millions of people, including some of the world’s poorest. Like other sectors, marine insurance providers and their reinsurers […]

Must…con-cen-trate…!

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Modern politics is made of moments. Brief moments. The ever-decreasing attention spans of journalists are matched those of the public, in part encouraged by politicians who want to shift the limelight on to something else. I note this without any great judgment, since I’m probably as bad as anyone else, but at the very least […]

Teaching with Twitter

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How can Twitter be integrated into teaching and learning European Studies? What are the pitfalls and challenges faced when using this medium? Here, Egle Dagilyte, shares advice and tips from UACES social media academic enthusiasts.

The obsolescence of coal and oil

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If it were not for the traumatic events Europe is experiencing at the moment – the refugee crisis as thousands of people flee the war in Syria and Iraq, and head towards Europe; or the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris – then a very different story would occupy Europe’s media. It would be the revolution […]

Coherent Policy More Important Than Ever: The Paris Summit and Climate Policy Integration

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A quick glance at the many issues on the table of the international climate negotiations points to the myriad facets of our everyday lives that are intertwined with the climate change problem. Whether it is how we produce our food, our energy, our means of transport, or how we manage financial flows, technology transfer or […]