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Stasis and progress

Somewhere in Whitehall, there’s a small office. In it, a bright young thing is working hard on Brexit. As the afternoon sun bounces down to the tiny window that provides the only fresh air, a spark flares up in the bright young thing’s mind. They dash down the corridor to their line manager, bursting through […]

Transnational actors: Gateway to exploring the multi-l [...]

Martina Vukasovic   Embodying multi-level and multi-actor characteristics of governance That governance of higher education and research takes place across several governance levels – institutional, national, European – is, arguably, common knowledge. The beginning of the Bologna Process and the launching of the Lisbon Strategy almost 20 years ago greatly intensified European integration and Europeanization […]

Dealing with the Russian bear

Mike Ungersma argues the West may have made   fundamental mistakes in confronting Putin’s Russia “Russia is unlucky with timing. Everything that happened 150, 200 years ago in other countries is happening here as we speak.  You guys had your civil wars in long-ago centuries. The last murder of your king was in 1649.  We […]

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Stasis and progress

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

Somewhere in Whitehall, there’s a small office. In it, a bright young thing is working hard on Brexit. As the afternoon sun bounces down to the tiny window that provides the only fresh air, a spark flares up in the bright young thing’s mind. They dash down the corridor to their line manager, bursting through […]

Transnational actors: Gateway to exploring the multi-level and multi-actor aspects of higher education and research gov [...]

Europe of Knowledge |

Martina Vukasovic   Embodying multi-level and multi-actor characteristics of governance That governance of higher education and research takes place across several governance levels – institutional, national, European – is, arguably, common knowledge. The beginning of the Bologna Process and the launching of the Lisbon Strategy almost 20 years ago greatly intensified European integration and Europeanization […]

Dealing with the Russian bear

europeagonistes |

Mike Ungersma argues the West may have made   fundamental mistakes in confronting Putin’s Russia “Russia is unlucky with timing. Everything that happened 150, 200 years ago in other countries is happening here as we speak.  You guys had your civil wars in long-ago centuries. The last murder of your king was in 1649.  We […]

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The government still can't agree what Brexit means

Jon Danzig |

The Tory government is still entirely split on what type of Brexit Britain should have. And if the government can’t now agree on what Brexit means, how on earth could the electorate have known what Brexit meant on 23 June 2016? This weekend the Tory-supporting Telegraph reported that: ‘At least a dozen members of Theresa […]

Should the EU referendum be annulled?

Jon Danzig |

It’s reported that police are investigating evidence that the chief executive of a key organisation that campaigned for Brexit allegedly committed criminal offences during the 2016 referendum. This comes after the Electoral Commission fined Leave.EU the maximum £70,000 for multiple breaches of electoral rules. The organisation is backed by Nigel Farage and funded by Arron […]

Who can and will crash the Brexit bus?

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

As we enter a period of heightened debate about customs arrangements, it’s useful to consider who holds what power in the Article 50 process. As rational choice bods like to tell us, the more people who hold vetoes, the harder it is to please them all and more chance there is of non-agreement. However, in […]

Student research projects: learning to work together in groups

Helene Dyrhauge |

Group work can be very fruitful and engaging but there can be conflicts, disagreements and disengagement. Roskilde University students have to write six group projects during their BA degree, and will most likely experience group conflicts. It is, therefore, important to give the students the tools to manage group work. It can be difficult for […]

Alcide de Gasperi: trazando el horizonte de Europa

David Fernandez Rojo |

Esta reseña aparece publicada en la Revista Actualidad Jurídica Aranzadi y se enmarca dentro del Programa Leyendo en Clave Jurídica 2017-2018 de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Deusto.   Europa vive tiempos convulsos. La crisis del euro, los refugiados, el terrorismo, el Brexit, la extrema derecha, el populismo, el euroescepticismo o el fracaso de […]

A new vote on Brexit means more democracy, not less

Jon Danzig |

Nobody gave ‘informed consent’ for Brexit. That’s because, in the 2016 referendum, the electorate was not sufficiently informed. There was no blueprint, plan, proposal or manifesto for Brexit. And there still isn’t. The Tory Cabinet is entirely split on what type of Brexit Britain should have. And if the government can’t now agree on what […]

Weakened leadership, but undiminished potential

Albrecht Sonntag |

One year after the disastrous TV debate, where does the Front National stand in spring 2018? One year ago, on 3 May 2017, I watched the final debate between the two remaining candidates for French presidency. It turned out to be the most curious ‘Surreality TV show’ ever on French television. It was almost as […]

Extending Transition

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

I’m being a bit of a dog with a bone on this one, mainly because no one else seems terribly interested in it. As I’ve discussed before (here and here), the transition phase of withdrawal from the EU has been taken as a given. All parties were happy to sign up to the March text, it’s all […]

The Danish government’s new energy plan: green realism & silo thinking

Helene Dyrhauge |

The Danish government published its long awaited energy plan for 2030 on 30th April. The plan reflects the government’s green realism (see previous blog post), where ‘more environment for less money’ translate into spending and tax cuts for the energy sector. The plan aims to reduce energy taxes and charges, strengthen market regulations, support Danish […]

Prime Minister, we already have frictionless EU trade

Jon Danzig |

  Today in Parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “We are committed to delivering on our commitment to having no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, and that we have as frictionless trade as possible with the European Union.” She added: “There are a number of ways that can be delivered.” The best way […]

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