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European Parliament should be more involved in choice [...]

The European institutions soon have to choose new heads of the Commission and the European Council for the next five years. At present most of the debate is over the choice of the next Commission president and whether it should be by the so called Spitzenkandidat system favoured by Germany and which was introduced in […]

Fools and Their Money - The Legacy of the Euro so Far

Only months before ending his term at the European Central Bank (ECB) this October, Mario Draghi pushed interest rates below zero for another year and is preparing a fresh expansion of the ECB’s 2.6tn QE programme, while the Euro reached a seven weeks high. Those measures come amidst growing concerns that the Eurozone’s economy will […]

The Bologna Process at Twenty: Global Ambitions and EU [...]

Hannah Moscovitz and Hila Zahavi June 19 will mark the twenty-year anniversary of the Bologna Declaration spearheading the Bologna Process and establishment of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). For the last two decades, the Bologna Process has shaped higher education reforms in Europe and beyond by providing a framework for coordination among national systems. […]

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Unbundling of higher education provision

Europe of Knowledge |

Simona Torotcoi In the beginning of May 2019, Mariya Ivancheva – a Lecturer in Higher Education Studies at the University of Liverpool – was invited at Central European University   to give a talk on unbundling: a topic, which gained greater traction in higher education provision, research and policy. Previous to working on this subject Mariya […]

Fools and Their Money - The Legacy of the Euro so Far

Andrei-Bogdan Sterescu |

Only months before ending his term at the European Central Bank (ECB) this October, Mario Draghi pushed interest rates below zero for another year and is preparing a fresh expansion of the ECB’s 2.6tn QE programme, while the Euro reached a seven weeks high. Those measures come amidst growing concerns that the Eurozone’s economy will […]

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Nobody voted for Brexit calamity

Jon Danzig |

Prime Minister, Theresa May, officially leaves office today, with many Tory candidates hoping to take her place. But a new Conservative Prime Minister doesn’t mean that their 2017 manifesto promises can be forgotten or forsaken. It was on their manifesto promises that the current Conservative party won power, regardless of who is their leader. The […]

Brexit will destroy our NHS

Jon Danzig |

 Click to view 2-minute video When USA President, Donald J. Trump, made a state visit to the UK this week, it wasn’t just to see the Queen, writes Jon Danzig. He also gleefully eyed all the British assets that could be available to his country in a fire-sale, free-trade “negotiation” with a country desperate to […]

The Umpteenth Reinforcement of FRONTEX’ Operational Tasks: Third Time Lucky?

David Fernandez-Rojo |

On 6 October 2016, the European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG), the successor of FRONTEX, was officially established. Less than two years after the adoption of Regulation (EU) No. 2016/1624, the president of the European Commission announced in his speech on the 2018 State of the Union made on 12 September, the Commission’s intention to, once […]

Boris Johnson's cake delusion

Jon Danzig |

When Boris Johnson became Foreign Secretary shortly after the referendum, he promised that Britain would get a great deal with the EU after Brexit, “of huge value, possibly greater value” than being a member of the EU. In an exclusive interview with The Sun published on 1 October 2016, Mr Johnson declared that he was […]

Three of a kind: Trump, Johnson and Farage

Jon Danzig |

The Times and other newspapers report today that President Trump has praised Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage as two “big powers” in Britain.  Trump congratulated the Brexit Party leader for his success in the European elections. Mr Trump said: “Nigel Farage is a friend of mine, Boris is a friend of mine. They are two very […]

Russia-Ukraine Energy Disputes: Between War and Contracts

Crossroads Europe |

This article is based on research presented at the UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2018 (12-13 July, KU Leuven, Belgium) As a result of the Euromaidan and the ouster of President Yanukovich, Russia-Ukraine relations hit rock-bottom with the former´s military intervention in Ukrainian territory. Based on previous disputes, it seemed justified to fear that gas relations between the […]

A Night of Firsts: A Few Insights Into the European Elections

Andrei-Bogdan Sterescu |

— This post was originally written on the 27th of May, 2019 — I spent election night at Sciences Po for a soirée électorale européenne  that lasted five hours, listening to a live analysis of the first results by researchers and students across Europe. This is the gist of what has been discussed broadly and my […]

The Bologna Process at Twenty: Global Ambitions and EU Foreign Policy

Europe of Knowledge |

Hannah Moscovitz and Hila Zahavi June 19 will mark the twenty-year anniversary of the Bologna Declaration spearheading the Bologna Process and establishment of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). For the last two decades, the Bologna Process has shaped higher education reforms in Europe and beyond by providing a framework for coordination among national systems. […]

Make a Real Impact with Your Research

Crossroads Europe |

Kamila Feddek summarises her key takeaway messages from the UACES Doctoral Training Academy 2018  to help researchers in European Studies engage with audiences outside academia and make their research impactful.  Researchers have a wealth of academic knowledge, evidence and expertise that can help inform, design, improve and test policies, and ultimately make a positive impact on people’s […]

Theresa May, the Paradoxical Prime Minister

communicatingeurope |

Theresa May has resigned.  Expecting terrible results for the Conservative Party in the European Parliament elections (expectations that have not only been met, but surpassed), having greatly upset her backbenchers by negotiating (unsuccessfully) with Labour to get the Withdrawal Agreement approved by Parliament, and then when that failed attempting to bring it forward as the […]

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