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Retro, not sexy

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Not long ago, I presented a paper at a conference, an experience many of the writers and readers of the blogs hosted in this site have probably had at some point. In my presentation, I defended the main argument of my thesis: that Western European states promote international human rights law insofar as it fits […]

The rise of climate change on the European Union agenda: 1988-2011

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When the European Council – the institution that sets the European Union’s agenda on broad, strategic issues[1] – published its Declaration on the Environment on December 3, 1988, climate change was mentioned briefly and in passing.[2] In 2009, the year of the United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen, the topic’s salience had risen dramatically. In […]

The EU and the UN

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As ‘the world’s most successful case of multilateralism the European Union (‘EU’ or ‘Union’) demonstrated since its early beginnings a commitment to multilateralism as the preferred form of global governance.  Yet, it was only with the European Security Strategy (‘ESS’), adopted by the European Council in December 2003, that the EU endorsed its idiosyncratic concept […]

UK General Election 2015: Nationalism – The one thing everyone agrees on

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The following is a guest post by Ben O’Keeffe One ideological motif has run throughout this General Election campaign: Nationalism. From the rising force of the SNP and UKIP, to Labour and the Conservative’s pandering to calls for greater controls on immigration, an undercurrent of nationalism has made British identity a more prevalent election issue […]

Brussels will be ‘sexy tomorrow’!

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At least that’s the forecast of ‘The Supplement’, a popular Sunday afternoon programme on French television (Canal+). Each week, it includes a trendspotting clip named ‘sexy tomorrow’, introducing a someone or something that may become a game changer. In the edition of 26 April, the game changer was ‘Politico’, the American news site that just […]

Can we experiment our way out of climate change?

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As the climate continues to change at alarming rates, many have lost faith in traditional international approaches to address the issue. As a result, climate policy innovation and associated experimentation are en vogue.[1] The thinking goes that if old approaches are perceived to be failing, we need new and innovative ones. The hope is that […]

El caso Aitana

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Es un verdadero placer para nuestro Blog contar con autores invitados. En esta ocasión estamos felices de poder compartir la contribución de Silvia Alonso Guijarro. Silvia estudió periodismo en Valladolid con estancias en la “Université de Liège” y “Carlos III de Madrid”, actualmente trabaja como trainee en @amadeusESP. En su entrada analiza un aspecto de gran relevancia tanto para […]

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