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My EU Notes tumblr

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While this blog is clearly my long-form and research-focused online outlet, and while on Twitter I publish a mix of everything short that comes to my mind every day (polsci and non-polsci stuff), I decided I need something EU-focused that is shorter than PolSciEU but also longer and easier to link than Twitter. This is […]

Safer Cycling, Cheaper Fees

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The European Parliament voted on two important pieces of legislation this week, lorry designs and capping card fees. Firstly, lorry designs. It sounds dull, but it will mean quite a lot to cyclists in Britain. Statistics show that Lorries are disproportionately responsible for cyclist deaths. From 2009-2013 only 5% of road users were Lorries, yet they caused […]

The EU has to take on more responsibility for Mediterranean migrants arriving in Sicily, writes Mareike Thiel

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The increasing number of migrants that are crossing the Strait of Sicily is upsetting.  In the first two months of 2015, almost 8000 arrived in Italy which is a rise of 43 percent compared to the previous year. Human traffickers are taking more and more advantage of the critical situation in North Africa. They use […]

German Environmental Science-Policy Interactions – Greening Policies, but on a Par with Economic Competitors?

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The use of knowledge has become increasingly important in policy-making for tackling important societal challenges such as climate change. As a result, the role of scientific evidence has grown as well. Particularly, the role of environmentally-related scientific knowledge has becomes more important. A significant example of this development is the 2011 100% Renewables Report of […]

Gender equality: the European Union’s DNA is not working!

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In its International Women’s Day message, the European Commission claims today that “Europe has been promoting gender equality since 1957 – it is part of the European Union’s DNA“. The problem with DNA is that it also needs activating, and EU reality shows that activating the gender equality genes at EU-level doesn’t really work: No […]

Wanted – a new form for debate and a new narrative

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A couple of weeks ago I attended a debate in London with the title “Richer out of Europe?” organised jointly by The Federal Trust and Global Britain; each side fielded three speakers including former Commissioner Peter Sutherland and Kate Hoey MP. I was a profoundly depressing experience, there was no debate in the sense of […]

Climate Change Skepticism in the UK Independence Party

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On 6 May 2005, the day after the UK general election, the Euroskeptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) had much to be concerned about. Despite fielding 558 national candidates, UKIP had no seats in the UK Parliament and had won only nine seats on local councils. Ten years later, things have changed. UKIP currently holds 370 […]

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