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How freaky hair ‘won’ in the Netherlands and Britain

Jon Danzig |

An editorial in The Guardian asked a key question following the shock ‘win’ this month of a far-right politician in the Netherlands, Geert Wilders, and his anti-immigrant ‘Party for Freedom’. ‘How did the Netherlands reach the point at which a former political pariah finds himself on the threshold of formal power?’ Their answer: ‘Mainstream parties […]

Refugees. Is it them versus us?

Jon Danzig |

Our poor and disadvantaged and those struggling to make ends meet – many in Britain think they should be helped rather than refugees. Refugees fleeing terror, war, and torture? We’re full. People here need looking after first. Charity begins at home. We don’t want them. We can’t afford them. Those are typical comments by some […]

The Role of Inclusion in Macro‐Regional Policies for Student Mobility

Europe of Knowledge |

Alina Felder & Merli Tamtik Even though barrier‐free access to student mobility has become a significant policy problem for governments (Cairns, 2019), issues of social justice have been largely absent from institutional strategies of higher education (HE) internationalisation (Buckner et al., 2020a; Özturgut 2017). With our research we contribute to this aspect, offering a comparative […]

European Union Security in an Age of Uncertainty

eu!radio |

Security has always been one of the most complex and critical issues for the EU. After decades of remarkable success in promoting peace, stability and prosperity on a continent historically marked by conflict and division, the EU’s security landscape has shifted dramatically in recent years in the face of evolving security threats and changing global dynamics.

When the science was silenced

Jon Danzig |

The country’s top scientific advisers during the Covid pandemic are now free to tell the truth which the former Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, wanted to silence. Giving evidence to the Covid public inquiry are Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s former Chief Scientific Adviser, followed by Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England and […]

You and human rights

Jon Danzig |

Let’s get this straight: Human rights legislation is all about protecting ordinary citizens from excesses of the state – in other words, OUR GOVERNMENT. That’s why it’s important that the final arbiter must be the international court in Strasbourg because the European Convention on Human Rights exists to protect citizens from NATIONAL governments. For some […]

Making Northern Ireland consent work

Simon Usherwood |

2024 is going to be a busy year for UK-EU relations. As much as we talk about the 2026 TCA review as a key point, next year will see a full refresh of EU leadership and the European Parliament, plus a probable British general election, plus whatever fallout from a US presidential election might occur. […]

UACES Chair’s Message — November 2023

Simon Usherwood |

The summery delights of our Annual Conference in Belfast might feel like a long time ago, now that more wintry weather has set in, but I’d like to take you back to an event that demonstrated so well what UACES is all about.

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