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Monthly Archives: January 2016

What is higher education regionalism? And how should we study it?

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Meng-Hsuan Chou and Pauline Ravinet Higher education is undeniably global. But this did not prevent interested policy actors, meeting on the occasion of the 650th anniversary of the University of Vienna in 2015, to emphasise the significance of the global and international dimension, as their colleagues have done at the 800th anniversary of the University […]

EU’s Conundrum of Strategies: Is There an Orderly Jigsaw on the Horizon?

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The grandness of the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy lies in its potential to render the existing conundrum of various EU strategies into a more orderly set of strands with a clear vision regarding their mutually complementary role. Strategies are inbuilt in EU’s genome. These policy documents define EU’s aims, approaches in […]

The Eurozone crisis and democracy

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Overall, a contradiction between the founding democratic principles of the EU and its new operational structure during the crisis has left the quality of the EU’s democratic order adversely affected. In the spirit of Aristotle’s criterion, then, the EU’s political system of governance does not any longer seem to adhere to the organisation’s principles.

Poland’s inevitable foreign policy crash

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Explainer: why everyone is giving Poland a hard time Kamil Zwolski, University of Southampton Since coming into power at the end of October 2015, Poland’s new, right-wing government has caused a stir at home and drawn international criticism. Hardly a day passes at the moment without EU officials or European leaders questioning decisions made by […]

Why the EU needs the UK – A Security Perspective, by Nele Marianne Ewers-Peters

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Most of the current discussions on the possible ‘Brexit’ — the United Kingdom leaving the European Union — are concerned with issues of the Eurozone and its economic implications, the ongoing migration and refugee crisis, and the potential economic, political and social consequences for the UK in case of leaving the EU. What has been […]

Wrong answers on BBC Question Time

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One of my biggest frustrations on watching BBC TV’s ‘Question Time’ is that when UKIP representatives make incorrect statements about the EU, there’s usually nobody on the panel or in the audience to correct them. Take last Thursday’s broadcast of Question Time. Among those appearing on the panel was UKIP MEP, Patrick O’Flynn, who made […]