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The Shifting Impact of Religion on Attitudes Toward th [...]

What factors shape public attitudes toward the European Union (EU)? Observers of public opinion during the early stages of European integration found a stable ‘permissive consensus’ among citizens that allowed elites to pursue the project without deep public scrutiny. Almost everyone supported integration; there was very little variation to explain. Enlargement, deepening integration, and a […]

No extra time for the European Union

The socio-economic effects of the coronavirus requires a massive and coordinated response from the EU. So far, the EU has not been up to the challenge, argues Marco Dani and Agustín José Menéndez.   The coronavirus pandemic has deepened and radicalised a set of crises that the European Union postponed but did not solve in […]

The path to Europe's recovery from coronavirus - by Ur [...]

In her impassioned speech to the European Parliament on Thursday, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen laid out the most ambitious plans in the EU’s history. In response to the devastating Covid-19 pandemic, the President said that: “Europe has done more in the last four weeks than it did in the first four years of […]

What the Pandemic could mean for the EU

Will it bring nations closer together or pull them apart? The Financial Times commentator, Martin Wolf, has wrote an article on March 24th entitled the Pandemic is an Ethical Challenge. There seems little doubt that it will change the world fundamentally affecting every other issue, rivalries and conflicts, the role of governments, the role of […]

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Government Regulation & Its Effects On Higher Education Performance: What’s The Deal?

Europe of Knowledge |

Danagul Yembergenova In today’s world of higher education, it should come as no surprise that the goal is always to move up – in any way possible. In other words, increase enrollment, increase prestige, increase retention and graduation, increase funding, increase interest, etc. With that in mind, what would you say if we told you […]

The EU’s Pact on Migration and Asylum will do little to ease the pressure on southern member states

Nadia Petroni |

In September 2020, the European Commission published a new ‘Pact on Migration and Asylum’ aimed at addressing the issue of irregular migration in the EU. This article argues that the proposed measures will not help alleviate migration pressure on the EU’s southern member states. On 23 September 2020, the European Commission presented its much-awaited ‘New […]

How Cameron, May and Johnson let down Britain with Brexit

Jon Danzig |

The three Tory Prime Ministers of this millennium – David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson – could have been the solvers of Brexit if only they’d been wiser, magnanimous and acted in the national interest. ▪ WISER – by realising that an advisory referendum, with such a narrow win for Leave, did not mean having […]

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The TCA as an entanglement

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

The central narrative of the Leave case in the Brexit period as that of ‘taking back control’. By withdrawing from the European Union, the UK would liberate itself from the confines and strictures of What Other People Want, and instead become a free agent on the global stage. While this has been an effective rhetorical […]

Populist radical right parties and European development policy: politicising the migration-development nexus?

JCMS |

Populist radical right parties (PRRPs) have become a permanent feature of many party systems in European countries. Their electoral success has increased since 2015, when many migrants and refugees came to the EU. Research on PRRPs suggests that they contribute to the politicization of some domestic public policy domains, such as asylum and immigration policy. […]

EU Migration Agencies: The Operation and Cooperation of FRONTEX, EASO and EUROPOL

David Fernandez-Rojo |

Abstract This insightful book analyzes the evolution of the operational tasks and cooperation of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX), the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (EUROPOL). Exploring the recent expansion of the legal mandates of these decentralized EU agencies and the activities they […]

Mapping the next period of Brexit

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

The conclusion of the EU-UK Trade & Cooperation Agreement (TCA) over Christmas meant that the end of the transition period a few days later saw the start of a new phase of the relationship between the two parties. Since there are many others who are much better placed to analyse the contents of the TCA […]

Das Bundesamt für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten (BfAA) nimmt seinen Dienst auf

Ronny Patz |

Heute, am 4. Januar 2021, nimmt das neue Bundesamt für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten (BfAA) seine Arbeit hier in Brandenburg an der Havel auf. Nachdem ich ja schon im September und im November über erste Details informiert hatte, gab’s heute eine Pressekonferenz mit Außenminister Heiko Maas, auf der weitere Information bekannt wurden. Das hochfrequentierte, lokale News-Portale “Meetingpoint […]

New year, new European country

Alex Klaushofer |

The turn of the year has brought me something I never envisaged at the beginning of 2020: residency in Portugal. The certificate available to British citizens who arrived before the end of the transition period on December 31st gives me the right to spend five years in the country, at which point I can renew […]

Doctoral supervision in an international team PhD: lessons learned

Chris Lord |

In this blog post, Chris Lord reflects on lessons from PLATO for doctoral supervision. As an international, cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral PhD network, PLATO has created an unusual opportunity to compare supervision practice. But its innovative supervision arrangements and collaborative nature have also placed unusual demands on supervisors and PhD researchers. PLATO is an Innovative Training […]

Influential but indifferent? Assessing the role of the public in European politics

Joris Melman |

In this blog post, first published on E-International Relations, Joris Melman reflects on the public’s distance towards the EU. Even though most Europeans seem to lack interest in (or at least knowledge of) European policy-making, the role of public opinion is bigger than ever.  There seems to be some irony in the devoted way in […]

Why EU states are converging on restrictive migration policies, despite their different political traditions

Nadia Petroni |

Differing political cultures and migration traditions among EU member states have given rise to a variety of national policy approaches toward irregular migration. While in principle this diversity hinders agreement on common asylum and migration policies, EU member states are now increasingly converging toward more restrictive migration policies. National policy approaches are deeply rooted in […]

Populism, cartel and contracts with foreign companies - what had happened to the Coronavirus Fund in Ukraine?

ukrainedetailed |

This year Europe and the United States have donated millions of dollars to Ukraine to fight COVID-19. In fact almost half of the funds were allocated not for medicines or medical equipment, but slip into the pockets of the Ukrainian construction firm’s cartel and foreign contractors. Non-earmarked expenditures The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around […]

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