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Settling in for transition

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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, […]

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

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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)

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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 […]

Striking

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French transport strikes bear a “striking” resemblance with Hollywood blockbusters.  Unlike Star Wars episodes, they are not numbered, but they are released at similar intervals, draw large crowds, and you get easily lost between sequels and prequels. This year’s episode seems particularly serious. If the trade unions don’t even respect the unwritten rule of letting […]

Brexit: What have we learnt so far?

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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 […]

If it had been a referendum, Remain could have won

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The LibDems, then the SNP, followed by Labour, made a catastrophic error of judgement in agreeing to hold yesterday’s general election, writes Jon Danzig, founder of the pro-Remain campaign, Reasons2Remain. Instead, the three parties – and others – could and should have worked together to resist Mr Johnson’s desperate plea to hold a new election. Then, […]

DIMES – Diversity, Inclusion and Multidisciplinarity in European Studies

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DIMES – Diversity, Inclusion and Multidisciplinarity in European Studies UACES and the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA) are excited to embark upon this joint initiative generously funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Projects. Our aim is to broaden the disciplinary and geographic scope of voices represented in European studies, and to reinforce the […]

Germany to help India improve air quality in cities with green investments

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On 2nd November 2019 the German news website tagesschau.de reported a state visit by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to India. Mrs Merkel attended the annual general meeting of the Deutsch-Indischen Handelskammer (Indo-German Chamber of Commerce) in New Delhi, where she spoke of German economic investment in India for the modernization of infrastructure, such as […]

Güzelyurtlu and Others v. Cyprus and Turkey: An Important Legal Development or a Step Too Far?

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The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights recently delivered a judgment on a case concerning the murder of a Turkish Cypriot family. Nasia Hadjigeorgiou examines how this has broken new legal ground, while raising questions about the Court’s ability to address legal challenges in contexts of frozen conflict.

EU membership for just 34p a day each

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Being a member of the EU costs on average only around 34p a day each. That’s a bargain, especially as the value of EU benefits far outweigh the cost. The Confederation of British Industry has calculated that EU membership is worth around £3,000 a year to every British family — a return of nearly £10 for each […]

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