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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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Failure to launch? The implications of the FC/ASW Missile Program for post-Brexit defense cooperation

Chris Burdett |

The ongoing negotiations over a comprehensive trade agreement have sidelined discussion of Anglo-EU security and defense cooperation, and the future relationship between the EU and Britain is uncertain. Considering mounting tensions with China and Russia as well as the security implications of COVID-19, the evident neglect of security and defense is concerning. Today’s EuroBlog entry […]

What would it take to undo Brexit?

Prof. Richard Rose |

A transition period comes to a close, and the UK will no longer have to follow European Union rules, Richard Rose examines how Brexit could be reversed in whole or part.

UK versus EU democracy

Jon Danzig |

On 20 July 2020, British MPs voted by a majority not to have any say or votes on future UK trade agreements. Can you think of any other professions where you could vote not to do your job but still be paid for it? Postmen and women voting not to deliver letters? Train drivers voting […]


Crimen de odio en Los Ángeles basado en el origen nacional y étnico

Editor |

El 21 de julio, se produjo un terrible crimen de odio y un asalto agravado en las cercanías del Consulado General de la República de Azerbaiyán en Los Ángeles, California; ubicado en 11766 Wilshire Blvd. A plena luz del sol, una multitud de jóvenes armenios radicales atacaron físicamente a un grupo de manifestantes azerbaiyanos – […]

Decentering: Rupture at the heart of Europe

Amna Raza Abbasi |

Center – Security Derrida emphasized that the main ‘structurality of structure’ is shadowed by giving it a perfect center, and it has been deemed mandatory that everything work along that center. The center enables a closed totality, and it will be unimaginable if anyone brings out a notion of a structure without a center. A […]

Guiding Europe Towards Faster and Deeper Decarbonisation: An Enhanced Role for Policy Monitoring?

Jonas Schoenefeld, Andy Jordan |

Greenhouse gas monitoring – and increasingly climate policy monitoring, meaning the continuous tracking of policies with indicators – has existed since the early 1990s – and is thus a long-standing practice. For a long time, most people thought it to be a very technical exercise of low politics, but our new work demonstrates that this […]

The Coronavirus crisis as a test to the EU’s fiscal and banking policy reforms

Philipp Lausberg |

The reforms in the EU’s economic and financial governance structure in response to the Euro crisis have been put to the test by the Coronavirus pandemic. While the resurfacing of the sovereign debt crisis has highlighted the inadequacies of the Union’s fiscal policy reforms, the relative stability of the banking system so far hints at […]

Why EU institutions alone cannot reform the Common European Asylum System

Radu-Mihai Triculescu |

The aim of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) is to harmonise asylum procedures across the European Union. As several crises have shown, however, this goal is far from being achieved, and a reform of Europe’s asylum policy is long overdue. Radu-Mihai Triculescu argues that such reform should also incorporate the perspective of street-level bureaucrats […]

Örményország és Azerbajdzsán közötti eszkaláció háttere.

Editor |

By Gretta Willenberg and Parvana Garayeva Az Örményország és Azerbajdzsán közötti konfliktus, amely 2016 óta nem működik, ismét kibővült. Pontosan mi folyik itt? A Hegyi-Karabah térségének konfliktusa a távoli múltba nyúlik vissza. Gyakorlatilag lehetetlen pontosan meghatározni annak tényleges eredetét, és ez alapos kutatás tárgya. Az Örményország és Azerbajdzsán közötti összecsapások 2016 óta nem működnek. 2020. […]

Why the UK carries much more of the adjustment costs of Brexit than the EU

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

Last week, almost as an aside to another conversation on Twitter, I noted that the UK was always going to have a much more difficult time of it all with Brexit than the EU because it (the UK) has to build and rebuild a huge pile of government functionality, while the EU just keeps what […]

The differentiating effects of COVID-19 in Europe

Filippa Chatzistavrou | | 2 comments

The coronavirus measures implemented by the EU and member states have had differentiating effects, which ultimately may lead to further fragmentation of the European political system, argues EU3D researcher Filippa Chatzistavrou. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a global health and economic crisis. According to the World Bank, it has caused the worst economic recession with […]

In Britain, general elections are how 'the people'​ decide

Jon Danzig |

Some people say it was undemocratic for Britain to join the European Community in 1973 because ‘the people’ weren’t asked in a referendum. But that’s not how decisions are made in Britain. In the UK, referendums are usually nothing more than opinion polls. They are not legally binding and therefore not capable of making decisions. […]

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