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Brexit: What have we learnt so far?

Last week’s election appears to be bringing the first phase of Brexit towards a close. The resounding majority won by the Conservatives sets the door wide open for the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which in turn will result in the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020, some four-and-a-half years […]

Science Diplomacy Joins the Snowballing Practice Turn

Photo by Gabriel Alenius on Unsplash   Introductory Remarks Winter bliss has arrived in Northern Europe which brings not only a festive mood but also an overall intellectual propensity towards certain concepts echoing seasonal scenery. Snowball effect (NB! not snowball sampling) is the one which comes into mind when trying to put into words the continuous reflections on […]

The new Danish climate law – a small light in the cl [...]

The school strikes and new environmental social movements have raised awareness of climate change and pushed it higher up on the political agenda. In some countries, it has changed public opinion, for example in Denmark where climate change was the main topic in the Spring European and national parliamentary elections. Indeed, the elections are known […]

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Terrorism in the United Kingdom: Securitizing Narrative, Surveillance Practices and the Right to Privacy

Ideas on Europe |

By Romana Oliveira Pinhal | In the United Kingdom terrorism is presented, by the British government, as one of the most serious and dangerous threats to national security and justified the introduction of legislative, political and operational measures aimed at combating the terrorist threat. The British securitizing narrative states the country is facing “a serious terrorist threat” […]

The Brexit Cold War

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

Change is coming to Brexit. At the end of next week, the UK will leave the European Union, having now completed the passage of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill through the Lords: EU ratification is a given. But there is another, broader change coming too. The constellation of politicians, commentators and journalists who were brought together […]

EULEN: Jean Monnet Network on Enforcement of EU Law

David Fernandez-Rojo |

[This post has been published in https://eulawenforcement.com/, and it is now reproduced here for informative purposes] With this blog post, Michiel Luchtman & Miroslava Scholten would like to announce the creation of the Jean Monnet Network on EU law Enforcement (EULEN). We would like to sketch briefly the relevance of this topic, thematic scope, structure and […]

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Forty years of green

Albrecht Sonntag |

The foundation, on 13 January 1980 in Karlsruhe, of a nation-wide ecological party in West Germany came as a surprise. Not the idea itself: the time was ripe for creating a strong political movement based on environmental concerns, frustration with representative democracy, and radically pacifist convictions in the middle of the Cold War arms race. […]

Settling in for transition

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood |

Transition remains the Cinderella of Brexit: unnoticed by the ugly sisters of Withdrawal and the New Relationship, but actually rather important. This might have been understandable during the chaos of the past year, when most political efforts were being diverted into securing UK ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, but it seems much less so now, […]

Differentiation: Problem or solution?

John Erik Fossum |

A multi-speed or multi-tiered Europe has often been presented as a solution to Europe’s current challenges. But this kind of differentiation can generate democratic problems, argues EU3D Scientific Coordinator John Erik Fossum. In the last decade, the EU has faced a broad range of crises and challenges, such as the financial and Eurozone crises, the refugee […]

Wrestling With the Challenges of a Qualitative Interview

Zane Šime |

If the earlier blog entries (October, November, December and January) covered the thematic scope of the envisaged research project, then this one is dedicated to the complexities of data processing, namely, qualitative interviews, the challenges in analysing the acquired insights. Recently reviewed scholarly remarks on the process tracing and practice tracing most relevant for my […]

Economic Recovery Strengthens Public Support for the Euro

Ideas on Europe |

By Felix Roth (University of Hamburg) | The long-term sustainability of the euro depends heavily on its ability to attract widespread public support. This is one of the main conclusions I and my co-authors reach in our most recent academic work in this field, which draws its evidence from a uniquely large Eurobarometer database and applies […]

Field and Habitus in the European Southern Neighbourhood Context

Zane Šime |

Introduction Since science diplomacy is a relatively nascent field of scholarly enquiry, it is worth exploring its capacity to keep in step with other dynamic contemporary theoretical currents which are pre-occupied with the evolution of diplomacy. Science diplomacy holds the potential to induce the practice theory with a broader view of the diverse actors engaged […]

Higher Education in the 21st Century: Changes and Challenges Ahead

Europe of Knowledge |

What are the major changes and transformations affecting higher education worldwide? And what are the challenges for higher education systems and institutions in the 21st century? Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions is a major reference work providing comprehensive answers to these and other questions. Over the past years, many researchers from around […]

United Nations Budget 2020: Fifth Committee debate on 27 December 2019 (live blogging)

Ronny Patz |

Update 1 (28 Dec 2019): Here’s the recording of the first part of the meeting (1h21m), and here the recording of the second part (2h25m). And this is the official UN press release on the Fifth Committee meeting of today. Update 2 (7 Jan 2020): The draft resolution containing the detailed result of the negotiations on […]

Derrida's Democracy to Come  

Amna Raza Abbasi |

In the backdrop of fall of Berlin wall, Francis Fukuyama foresaw the culmination of history in the heart of Europe. He averred that the times have reached their epitome and that was the end of man’s ideological evolution. Giving his view on the development of different states around the world he said that there would […]

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