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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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How the Past and the Future shaped the European Defence Fund

JCMS |

In the past four years the European Union has become an increasingly important actor in the field of defence. One key development, the establishment of a European Defence Fund (EDF) with a budget of 7.953 billion EUR for defence research and development for the period 2021–2027, has generated much interest in academic and policy circles. […]

Reimagining Border in Cross-border Education: Experiences from India and Europe

Europe of Knowledge |

Priya Vijaykumar Poojary The current political shifts in the form of increasing populism, the resurgence of nationalism, structural racism, and the pandemic are altering global political environments. These shifts are occurring in tangent with the internationalization of higher education as we witness new regional higher educational models (both intra- and inter) and increasing cross-border academic […]

Building a resource on the Trade and Cooperation Agreement

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Welcome to EUatOU, my new blog that continues my previous work at Surrey on EU-UK relations, euroscepticism, Brexit and anything else European-y that takes my attention. I’m now based at the Open University in the Department of Politics and International Studies, as well as the next Chair of UACES from September 2021. But you’ve not […]

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Welcome to the EU Health Governance network

EUhealthgov |

Working in, researching, studying or interested to know more about EU health governance? We’re delighted to introduce a new network to connect, support and inform this vibrant, interdisciplinary field – welcome to EUHealthGov! EUHealthGov aims to provide a hub for the exchange of ideas and information on all things EU health governance. It is open […]

Why the EU is a polycentric system of governance

Jan P. Vogler |

Elinor Ostrom provides the ideal framework to understand the European Union. Jan P. Vogler explains why. The EU is often subject to biting criticism by its opponents: political speechwriter Aram Bakshian contends that the EU has “a single giant bureaucracy and an imposed-from-above social model” and journalist Leo McKinstry suggests that it is “a federalist […]

Reform #3: Finance and economy (vol. 2) – Economy

Ferenc Gräff |

Introduction As previously discussed, the reformation of the united Europe’s finance and economy must start with establishing a fiscal union within the political union of the member states (see Reform #3 vol. 1). After the financial and political preconditions are fulfilled, the leaders of the Republic of the United Europe (or RUE) are going to […]

A reflection about useful tools for researching the Europeanisation of cross-border cooperating universities

Crossroads Europe |

By Alina Felder Education and research are at the fore of strategies to enhance competitiveness in the European Union. Higher education institutions thus appear as the nexus of the different knowledge related EU policies that aim at excellence in research, mobility in education or at cohesion through cross-border cooperation. In my research, I focus on […]

BfAA: Offizielles Organigramm

Ronny Patz |

Nach meinen vorherigen Versuchen, das Organigramm des Bundesamts für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten (BfAA) aus öffentlichen Quellen zu rekonstruieren, ist jetzt eine offizielle Version online verfügbar. Zum Vergleich hier meine letzte Version, die ich aus offizielle Quellen zusammengestellt hatte. Ich denke, ich war nicht so weit weg: Viele der Referats- und Abteilungsleiter-Namen sind im offiziellen Organigramm aktuell […]

Reform #3: Finance and economy (vol. 1) – Finance

Ferenc Gräff |

Introduction As previously discussed (see Reform #2), the reformation of the united Europe’s political system is the precondition of introducing further reforms related to Republic of the United Europe’s (or RUE) finance, economy, social system, armed forces, and foreign policy. In this volume, I am going to focus on the most critical topics related to […]

The European Union Global Strategy and the limits of resilience in the case of Belarus

JCMS |

In order to condemn the violence of the regime and to support the people opposing Lukashenko, the EU has put in place a two-level strategy which employs standard hard power instruments in regards to the leadership and a strategy inspired by the EUGS in regards to Belarussians. The approach toward Lukashenko is threefold, with different […]

Das BfAA in Brandenburg: Von Mallorca ins Havel Valley

Ronny Patz |

Es ist immer noch relativ still rund um das neue Bundesamt für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten (BfAA), seit den letzten Updates hat sich nach außen hin nicht viel getan. Aber so langsam scheinen sich die neuen Strukturen zu etablieren, und selbst die deutsche Konsulin auf Mallorca tauscht jetzt ihre mediterrane Arbeitsumgebung gegen das Havel Valley. [Update (27. […]

The stalemate of transatlantic liberalization: It started before Trump

JCMS |

In the immediate aftermath of the election of Joe Biden the European Commission proposed ‘A new transatlantic agenda’. This ambitious plan emphasizes that together the EU and the US ‘have the reach to set regulations and standards that are replicated across the world’. This very much sounds like a revival of the major priority of […]

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