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Why should we speak abut Europe on the Northern Caucasus?

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The issue of the perception of the European Union (EU) in the North Caucasus deserves special attention. This region, which includes the republics of Dagestan, Chechnya, and Ingushetia, has unique ethnic, cultural, and political characteristics. Unlike other regions of Russia, where ethnic Russians dominate, the North Caucasus is a microcosm where official and unofficial discourses […]

Yesterday’s Women in the European Assembly

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Simona Guerra shares fascinating insights into the backgrounds, challenges, and achievements of the first women in the European Parliament. Learn how their legacies shape our understanding of political representation today.

A tree in Normandy

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Discover the moving story of La Cambe's Peace Garden in Normandy, where a simple maple tree stands as a testament to reconciliation and peace, as told by Albrecht to eu!radio.

How Do Crises Affect Policy Subsystems? The Evolution of Policy Core Beliefs in the EU Asylum Policy


On April 10th, 2024, the European Parliament voted to endorse the European Commission’s proposal on a ‘New Pact on Migration and Asylum’. After nearly ten years since the so-called 2015 ‘refugee crisis’ and the first proposal for the amendment of the Common European Asylum System with the ‘European Agenda on Migration’, the reform of the EU asylum policy seems to be walking its last steps to the finishing line.

Spinning Brexit as a success story: Three temporal regimes of Brexit legitimation by Boris Johnson’s government


My article, recently published in JCMS, looks into how ongoing policy processes are discursively legitimated. It argues that that in order to satisfy complex demands on their legitimacy, policy makers tend to legitimate them not only by referring to the status quo (the current – new – state of affairs), but also by legitimating the status ad que (the future state) and delegitimating the status quo ante (the previous state).

The Post-Pandemic Parliament

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Join eu!radio as we explore the insights of Mechthild Roos, Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the University of Augsburg, on the upcoming European Parliament elections.

Is there an anti-green backlash?

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Jannik Jansen, Policy Fellow at the Jacques Delors Centre in Berlin, shares insights with eu!radio from a recent survey, revealing that citizens across Germany, France, and Poland still strongly support ambitious climate action.

Debunking the Myth: Exploring the Role of Border Regions in European Identity Formation


The enduring romanticized notion that border regions serve as the quintessential embodiment of European identity has long captured our collective imagination. However, recent scholarly inquiry challenges this assumption, suggesting that the emotional attachment to Europe among individuals residing in border regions is not significantly different from those living inland.

Frictionless trade is different to free trade

Jon Danzig |

Many people, including politicians and journalists, don’t understand the difference between ‘free trade’ and ‘frictionless trade’. This has caused a huge misunderstanding across the country, leading to the mess we are now in. In summary, ‘free trade’ means that goods (sometimes only some goods) can be exported and imported between countries without tariffs – hence […]

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