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Are English Universities likely to stop having to comply with EU public procurement law?

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Albert Sanchez Graells One of the elements implicit in the on-going discussion about higher education reform in England concerns the extent to which changes in the funding and governance structure of Higher Education Funding Council for England HEFCE (to be transformed into the Office for Students, or any other format that results from the consultation run […]

China & the EU’s Shared Future on Climate Change

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The European Union and China are expected to increasingly depend on oil supply imports to meet a majority of their demands by 2030, from the Gulf and Russia. However, because of the competitive environment spurned on by China’s national growth, concerns has also been raised for how environmental consumption demands is harboring a scarce environment […]

The internationalist case against the European Union

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For the first time in a generation Britain will vote on its membership of the European Union, probably in the autumn of 2016. How to vote in that referendum is a difficult choice for anyone on the left. Since the 1990s the anti-EU camp has been dominated by the chauvinist and racist right, initially on […]

The paranoid turn in the referendum campaign

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Not infrequently, I’m taken by the notion that the easiest way to understand the renegotiation and referendum is by thinking about how different actors can best use it to their long term advantage. The substance of the issues isn’t really the point, but rather the opportunity offered to improve one’s position, both absolutely and relatively. […]

Regulatory policy and crisis politics in contemporary EU health policy

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Prior to the economic crisis and the inclusion of health in the EU’s strengthened economic governance framework, the narrative of EU health policy was well-established and its development understood to be shaped by a stable set of dynamics. The judgements of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), the initiative of Council Presidencies and […]

The Problems with Binge Drinking

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Responsible drinking habits in the United Kingdom are seldom found, despite the declining rate of consumption amongst the youth of the country. Binge drinking fell among school pupils, from a staggering 29percent to a 18percent, and an abstinence from alcoholic beverages has increased by 40percent from the period 2005-2013, according to research. This trend is […]

Machines, not migrants, are the threat to jobs

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Eurosceptics often complain that migrants are taking British jobs and bringing down wages, especially in the low-skills sector. But the real threat isn’t from migrants – it’s from machines and robots that are predicted to replace half of all British jobs within twenty years. Yes, 15 million jobs in Britain lost to robotics in most […]

Britain’s EU Renegotiation: Reflections on the Letter

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Prime Minister David Cameron’s long awaited letter setting out the terms for EU renegotiation has finally arrived. Accompanied by an explanatory speech, the letter outlines four areas for reform (economic governance, competitiveness, sovereignty and immigration). While these choices attract little surprise, it is a milestone nonetheless to have in writing the opening outlines of the […]

The curious path of Vote Leave

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For most people observing – including myself – the existence of two major groupings on the Leave side of the referendum wasn’t really an issue. Arron Banks’ Leave.EU hasn’t looked nearly as serious a proposition as Vote Leave, either in terms of ideological breadth or of general respectability (however you’d like to define that). Vote Leave has […]

Does the Prime Minister know what he’s doing?

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The EU principle is quite clear. EU citizens are entitled to work in any other EU country and enjoy the same working rights as the nationals of that country. Those rights will vary EU country to country. But that isn’t the point. The point is that if I go and work in France, as an EU […]

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