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RENPET Network Residency at ARENA Centre for European Studies (University of Oslo)

Unai Gómez-Hernández |

Between April and June 2023, I had the chance to conduct the RENPET bursary at the ARENA Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo. My stay there was worth it since it allowed me to achieve these goals while also allowing me to get in contact with other researchers and practitioners residing in Oslo.

Politics of EU research funding

Europe of Knowledge |

Inga Ulnicane EU research policy has experienced tremendous growth in terms of increase in the EU-level competences, funds, initiatives and policy instruments. While today EU research policy is taken for granted, in the early days of European political integration in the 1950s its establishment was far from obvious. Initial treaties did not envisage European level […]

Nakedly Normative Politics - Exposing EU Studies

JCMS |

by Dr Maxine David (Leiden University), Professor Roberta Guerrina (University of Bristol), and Dr Katharine A.M. Wright (Newcastle University) When we were first asked to contribute a piece to the symposium on planetary politics, we were conscious of wanting to move the discussion on from “gendering normative power”, all too often understood as applying a […]

EU(ropean) Actorness in a Shifting Geopolitical Order: Strategic Autonomy through Differentiated Integration

Raquel Ugarte Díez |

In their Palgrave Pivot book, Pernille Rieker and Mathilde Tomine Eriksdatter Giske make sense of and evaluate the state of European strategic autonomy using a novel framework of differentiated integration. This framework captures the complexity of European integration both within the EU and beyond, taking into consideration the vertical and horizontal, formal and informal, internal […]

The Polish Rule of Law Breakdown Through Pink Glasses: Gender-based Consequences of the Polish Crisis

Kaja Anastazja Ippel |

In March 2023, women’s rights activist Justyna Wydzyńska was sentenced to eight months of community service for providing a woman in a violent relationship with abortion pills. The very same day, the judge who sentenced Wydzyńska was promoted by the Minister of Justice. This blog post aims to address this gap and argue for a renewed focus on the founding values of Article 2 Treaty on European Union (TEU).

JCMS 20th Anniversary Symposium on the Arrival of Normative Power in Planetary Politics

JCMS |

by Professor Ian Manners, Lund University For the past two decades, the ‘Normative Power Approach’ (NPA) has affected both academic and policymaking debates on the European Union (EU) in global politics. Since its publication in the Journal of Common Market Studies in 2002, the Normative Power article has remained one of the highest cited and […]

Normative Power Approach, Planetary Politics, the European Union and the Middle East ‘conflict’

JCMS |

by Professor Michelle Pace, Roskilde University In April 2023, in a pre-recorded congratulatory message on Israel’s 75th year of independence celebrations, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that: “Today, we celebrate 75 years of vibrant democracy in the heart of the Middle East. Seventy-five years of dynamism, ingenuity, and groundbreaking innovations. You have […]

Goodwin's '10 reasons why Britain will not rejoin the EU': some thoughts

Simon Usherwood |

The sight of more heavy rain outside the window tells me it’s high summer. This means all the important people have gone on holiday to somewhere sunnier, leaving us hoi polloi to discuss politics. As a result, I’m at my desk when Matt Goodwin’s latest Substack post arrives, heralded as a contribution to ‘silly season’. The […]

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