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Denmark and the 1973 Enlargement: The Dual Impact

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The question ‘What have been the most significant changes in the 1973 accession states as a result of EU membership?’ is highly relevant, but also one-dimensional as it does not address the other side of the bilateral relationship, namely the changes in the EU as a consequence of the 1973 enlargement. This answer therefore will include both sides of the relationship, and it will concentrate on the EU-Danish relationship.

Preparing a Special Issue for African Security at Nottingham Trent University 14 Jan 2013

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Following our workshop in June 2012 at Wits Rural Facility near Krugerpark in South Africa we have decided to relocate to Europe in order to prepare our papers for a special issue at African Security. The dominating theme was policy convergence in the security field and its different forms and types which can be observed […]

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‘Europe-­‐Africa security cooperation: a Nordic dimension?’

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Workshop at the University of Southern Denmark Conference room: O98 , Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense 30 November 2012   This workshop on ‘Europe-­‐Africa security cooperation: a Nordic dimension?’ will take place at the University of Southern Denmark on 30 November 2012. The event is intended to initiate the establishment of a network of scholars and […]

Arundells: The former home of the Prime Minister who brought Britain into the European Community

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The historic house of Arundells in the Cathedral Close, Salisbury is a special place for anyone interested in Europe’s history, as it was once the home of Sir Edward Heath (1916 – 2005), the Prime Minister who brought Britain into the European Community.  Sir Edward lived there from 1985 until his death in 2005 and […]

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EU Counter-Terrorism Law: Pre-emption & the Rule of Law

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Some readers may be interested in the recent publication of the monograph, EU Counter-Terrorism Law: Pre-emption & the Rule of Law, by Dr Cian Murphy of the Dickson Poon School of Law. The book is the first sustained study of EU legislation in the field of counter-terrorism. It critically examines EU counter-terrorism measures to ascertain how […]

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Problematising Security Governance in Africa: A Case for Policy Convergence? Workshop Summary

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Participants to this second workshop were invited to reflect, in their papers, on the issue of convergence between international organisations within the African security regime. Discussions during the workshop were fuelled by the high quality of papers, the diversity of perspectives, approaches and case studies adopted by the participants and the intensity, sincerity and active […]

How the UK debates the EU

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There is an embarrassment of riches that could be discussed this week, even under this heading: from ACTA toreferenda, the issue of the EU seems to be gaining media profile, if not public interest. However, I will focus here on Cameron’s statements about removing free movement for Greek nationals in the event of a withdrawal from the Euro.  This seems […]

Ouzo and Out! What’s in it for Greece after ‘exiting’ the Euro 2012?

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By Dr Theofanis Exadaktylos My German colleagues were certain: Germany was going to kick Greece out of the euro: but which one? I considered it unprecedented luck being in Berlin on the day of the Greece v. Germany football match for the semis of the Euro 2012 championships, during my participation at the EPSA annual […]

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What Did the EU Ever Do for Us?

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by Dr Maxine David On June 19th, a Russian cargo ship, the Alaed, allegedly carrying military equipment toSyria, was forced to turn back after its London-based insurers, the Standard Club, withdrew cover. The move was received with approval in theUK, where diplomatic efforts to bringRussia round to their way of thinking onSyria have so far […]

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Hey Big Spender – an Open Letter to Angela Merkel

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by Prof Alex Warleigh-Lack Dear Chancellor Merkel,   I am writing to ask you to rethink your insistence upon extreme austerity as the cure for the Euro-zone’s economic problems. If you do not change your mind, and if you do not work to make such a shift politically possible in your country, you risk deepening […]

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