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100% sovereignty means Britain losing power

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The definition of sovereignty is ‘supreme power or authority’. Only one country in the world has that. North Korea. But whilst North Korea has cast iron sovereignty over its nation and people, in the outside world it has very little power, authority or influence. In the modern, rational, democratic world, countries recognise that sharing some […]

Political Myths and How to Study Them

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Political myths are a particular kind of narrative used to shape the legitimacy of a political system, writes Jeremy F. G. Moulton. He argues that, despite the difference between the academic and common usages of ‘myth’, political myth theory can generate important insights for political authority, and that it may prove useful in understanding questions […]

Was hat der Klimawandel mit Flüchtlingen zu tun?

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Die Flüchtlingskrise ist in Deutschland spätestens seit September 2015 in aller Munde. In der öffentlichen Debatte werden Flüchtlinge dabei meist mit außen- und innenpolitischen Sicherheitsfragen in Verbindung gebracht. Diskutiert wird dabei zum Beispiel unter welchen Umständen Flüchtlinge wieder in ihre Heimat zurückkehren können oder was große Migrationszahlen für die innere Sicherheit in Deutschland bedeuten. In […]

Austerity, impact and divided Europe of Knowledge

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Inga Ulnicane ‘Crisis should not be wasted’. Since the beginning of the global economic crisis in 2008, this idea has been repeated many times suggesting that crisis should rather be used as an opportunity for innovative solutions and necessary reforms. One of such potential changes emphasized by European institutions has been prioritization of research and […]

The problem with Brexit

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A straightforward comparison between Britain remaining in the EU and leaving isn’t possible. That’s because we know what ‘Remain’ in the EU means – it’s the status quo and we’ve experienced it for four decades. But Leave? Nobody knows; nobody can say for sure. Even those campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union cannot […]

What they really want: End of the EU

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So now the truth is out. The ‘Leave’ campaign don’t just want Brexit – they want to see the end of the European Union. Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, said as much in his keynote speech this week for Vote Leave, the official campaign which he leads, fighting for Brexit in Britain’s EU referendum. Mr Gove […]

Motivational Quotes For Work

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Do you have at work one of these lovely collaborative brainstorming boards? I do. Here is my inspirational (inspirational / management) quote. In short, I have taken the liberty to add a new twist to the widely used Altshuler’s quote. The impressive photo of F-22 was retrieved from Defense Industry Daily. In case you find […]

Inspired by Spain?

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Only three months ago, I asked myself in these columns how a politically aware French citizen could you not be jealous of Spain and the renewal of its democracy that it is currently undergoing. Sure, the Spanish learning process is difficult: instead of living with the oh, so convenient binary system and its comfortable pseudo-stability, […]

A dog’s Brexit?

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Rival groups are bitterly battling each other to gain the official nomination to run the EU referendum Brexit campaign. Three campaigns with different visions of Britain after Brexit have applied to the Electoral Commission to be designated as the official ‘Leave’ group. Only one group from ‘Leave’ and one from ‘Remain’ can be awarded the […]

Wrapping up the UACES CRN on the European Research Area: Summary of the final workshop

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Mari Elken and Jens Jungblut On the 3rd and 4th of March 2016, the European Research Area collaborative research network (CRN) had its final workshop at the Directorate General for Research & Innovation of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. Building on the diverse activities and encompassing research that has been conducted within the framework […]

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