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Youth Mobility: It is a goer?

Simon Usherwood |

Last week saw the Commission launch a proposal on youth mobility with the UK. Covering almost all activities (including doing nothing) for 18-30 year olds, the presentation was one of not penalising the kids for the unfortunate break-up of the relationship.

10 reasons why academic conferences are a must!

Catarina M. Liberato |

If you are a PhD candidate, you might have heard at some point that it would be good for you to attend an academic conference. Well, I would say that you must! As a final year PhD Candidate in International Relations at the University of Kent, I have attended international conferences since 2021, the second […]

Why the European Community was created

Jon Danzig |

The European Community, now called the European Union, was started for one reason alone: to create lasting peace and security between its members following the most devastating war the world had ever known. Don’t take my word for it. Read what UK Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, said to the European Parliament on 9 December 1986: […]

Politics and Policies of Skills Shortage

Europe of Knowledge |

Last month, the first endorsed workshop by the ECPR Standing Group Knowledge Politics and Policies unfolded at the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops in Lüneburg (Germany). The workshop with the theme “The Politics and Policies of Skills Shortage” brought together thirteen scholars from across Europe who are working on the issue of skills shortage from different disciplinary angles.

Business Power and Geoeconomics in the European Union


The global economic order has shifted dramatically over the past decade, moving from a business-centred liberal logic of trade and commerce to a politicised logic of conflict and power maximisation. This geoeconomic turn, the theme of a Special Issue forthcoming with JCMS, has also materialised in the European Union (EU) and the Single European Market (SEM), and has far-reaching implications for the world of business where policymakers replace companies as the main manager of economic interconnectedness.

20 years of Poland in the EU - Natasza Styczyńska

eu!radio |

We recently welcomed Natasza Styczyńska to eu!radio! She is a Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She reflected on her country's accession to the EU 20 years ago in a personal testimony and reflection.

When Britain LOVED the Single Market

Jon Danzig |

Back in 1988, Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government was ultra-keen to get British businesses fully prepared for Europe’s new Single Market, due to be launched four years later in 1992. Prime Minister Thatcher enthusiastically launched her government’s ‘Europe Open for Business’ campaign in a keynote speech on 18 April 1988. Mrs Thatcher, who championed the concept […]

How to fix broken Britain

Jon Danzig |

I’m so impressed with the new book, Fixing Broken Britain by Alun Drake, that I’ve made a 2-minute video about it. Anyone who lives in Britain, or observes it from afar, knows it’s a broken country. But none of the main parties are addressing why it’s broken – or how to fix it. But that’s […]

Is Brexit any future for the young?

Jon Danzig |

Babies are being born in Britain who will grow up never having experienced the benefits of EU membership. The right to live, work, travel or retire across most of our continent. The life-changing experience of studying abroad with other young people under the Erasmus scheme. The enormous job and career opportunities more easily accessible across […]

Women’s Leadership and Empowerment in the Transnistrian Conflict Resolution in Moldova

Julia Vassileva |

Russia’s full-scale invasion and war of aggression against Ukraine has impacted security perception in the European Eastern Neighbourhood and it has highlighted the need for the international community to pay increased attention to so-called ‘frozen’ conflicts. When such conflicts remain ignored and unresolved for too long, there is continuous danger of eruption and escalation.

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