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 Join us at King’s College on 9 June for a panel discussion on the implications of the European elections featuring: Mats Persson (Open Europe), Prof Sara Hobolt (LSE) and Philip Stephens (Financial Times). Find out more
I love the smell of democracy in the morning…
It’s voting day here in the UK, so I’m off to the polling station to exercise my democratic rights. When I vote, I’ll be choosing who represents me in the world’s only supranational, directly-elected Parliament, a body that speaks for half a billion people. And because of a decision made some 15 years ago, there’s […]
By Simon Usherwood
The rise of little activism: Farage to be prosecuted by MEP candidate
To be a doctor by profession and leave it aside in order to become an overnight group activist street-beating with no professional tools and a rather amateurish cause is both touching and insane.  This is what the leader of a newly created political formation, the Europeans Party, Tommy Tomescu is doing. In the past few days he has managed to get himself booked […]
By Carla Cretan
Does the European Parliament “make a difference”?
Yesterday morning on BBC radio 4 Prof Michael Sandel animated an episode of the Public Philosopher on the thorny issue of “Why vote?” in the context of Thursday’s local and European elections.  The episode opened with Sandel asking members of the public why they would not vote in the forthcoming election. Expecting answers based on […]
By Viviane Gravey
100 Books on Europe to be Remembered
The owls at the European Parliamentary Research Service have recently compiled an excellent list of ‘100 Books on Europe to be Remembered’. The list includes a summary of each book, a biography of the author and in some cases, access to the full text. You’ll see many familiar names there, including a number of current […]
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Coronation Day
Watched by approximately 180 million viewers, the (Men’s) Champions League final on Saturday will be once again the annual sports event most followed across the continent and worldwide. It is ‘coronation day’ for the new European football monarch and it seems therefore perfectly appropriate that the ‘anointment’, as each single Champions League evening for over […]
By Albrecht Sonntag
The EU Faragism + enter the ‘do something about racism’ people
As a response to the media frenzy, enter brand new groups starting the den infighting in British domestic politics. The controversial presence of Farage as prominent chief circus clown has created new cohorts of players. First there are the academics specialised purely in ‘Faragism’ who bend themselves backward to ‘explain’ the ‘miracle’ of the entertaining joker […]
By Carla Cretan
On Border of Ethics and Politics – Discourses on Truth and Censorship in Plato’s “Politeia” Compared with Today’s Internet Regulation
On the 9th of May 2014 I presented a Paper at the Conference on Freedom of Expression held at the University of Helsinki from 7 to 9 May 2014. Inspired by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), I was trying to combine substantial rights and their constraints, ethics and politics, discourses […]
By Jaanika Erne
Europe seen from Maastricht:what happened to the post-Cold War project?
I’m visiting the University of Maastricht this week, using the EU’s ERASMUS+ teaching exchange programme. It’s a great means of seeing how other institutions work, and of sharing practice with others, but it’s not so well known: if it hadn’t been for a chance email that dropped in my inbox last summer, I’d not have been able […]
By Simon Usherwood
10 years after the “EU Big Bang Expansion” and 15 years after Bologna: insights from the former Yugoslavia
Martina Vukasovic It is 10 years since the largest EU enlargement wave (sometimes referred to as “EU Big Bang Expansion”) and 15 years since the formal beginning of the Bologna Process. The former Yugoslavia countries provide an interesting example of integration of the “new member states” in the Europe of Knowledge. Slovenia entered the EU […]
By Martina Vukasovic
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