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UK awareness of EU regional policy over time

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  A couple of months ago I wrote about the latest Flash Eurobarometer survey on perceptions of EU regional policy. One of the interesting results was the apparent increase in awareness of EU regional policy in the UK after the referendum.   Having now had a chance to access the raw data as part of […]

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CATALONIA: A SUSPENDED INDEPENDENCE WITHOUT DECLARATION.

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Within the known as the “procés”, or the “Catalan question”, on 10th October 2017 the President of the Catalan Government participated in a regular session of the Catalan Parliament in order to give an balance of the political situation in the region. In his speech Mr. Puigdemont reported the positive results of the alleged referendum […]

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Communicating EU regional policy and the EU referendum

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Last year I was fortunate enough to take part in a masterclass for early career researchers on EU regional policy organised by the Regional Studies Association, the EU Committee of the Regions and the European Commission. The masterclass was part of the annual European Week of Regions and Cities, which last year it took place […]

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Britain’s Brexit Strategy: Lions Misled by Donkeys

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Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech in Florence was intended to move forward stalled Brexit negotiations. But as I argue in this post that first appeared on the Dahrendorf Blog, Britain has found itself running into numerous problems with Brexit because its strategy for exiting the EU has been a textbook example of failed strategic thinking. […]

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Drone Technology: a great future and a challenge

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Drone Technology: a great future and a challenge for fundamental rights protection. Although drone technology has a great future, drones are here right now. In fact, drone is one of the current technological devices with the greatest prospects for use. It is estimated that last year the drone business mobilized more than 7 million dollars […]

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Unbundling and reassembling knowledge production

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Janja Komljenovic ‘Unbundling and reassembling knowledge production’ was the title of the panel that I have convened with Susan Robertson at the recent General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) that this year took place in Oslo, 6-9 September; this panel was part of the section organized by the ECPR Standing Group […]

2nd Call for Blog Contributions

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Following a succesfull series of guest blogs by highly-esteemed academics, contributions to a maximum of 1.000 words are once more invited on any issue relevant to the EU and democratic principles or processes, from any discipline within the social sciences, economics or law. Please send all proposals or full blog submissions for review at euanddemocracy@gmail.com. […]

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Transitional Justice: some thoughts

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The case of Ukraine suggests that the post-conflict tensions have not been alleviated after numerous political fractures, moreover, they were aggravated by the absence of concerted measures aimed at general and specific features of this post-totalitarian country. As a result, the perpetration of further crimes could not be deterred after gaining independence. The absence of […]

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The EU Withdrawal Bill: A Local Perspective

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I’ve just returned from the 2017 UACES conference in Krakow, where I presented a paper on the (rather limited) role of local government in the EU referendum campaign. One of the key starting points of the paper was that little concern is given to the local dimension when discussing Brexit. This is no only reflected […]

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The Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church as an agent of national emancipation? Some directions for future inquiry.

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The interplay between political and religious spheres before and after 1918 in electoral processes of nowadays Western Ukraine, which was a part of Austro-Hungarian Empire, is a fascinating topic. The relationships between religious and legal-political institutions, as well as important societal cleavages, based on region, ethnicity and political preferences in Galicia were not sufficiently attended […]

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