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Democracy & Citizenship

Visionary, prudent, and successful

Albrecht Sonntag |

On 22 January 2023, France and Germany celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, rightly praised as a milestone in Europe’s post-war history. But the Treaty only institutionalised on governmental level a process towards reconciliation that civil society had already initiated without waiting for politics. This is the third post of a series of […]

50 years ago, the UK joined the EEC

eu!radio |

50 years ago, together with Denmark and Ireland, the UK joined the European Economic Community, as it was called then. But unlike the two others, Britain has no anniversary to celebrate.

Why 'just rejoining' isn't a simple option

Simon Usherwood |

Yesterday I found myself on the brink of an interesting discussion about Brexit. Which possibly says something about me, as much as it does about the subject. We’d started talking about public opinion and the emergence of what looks like a more robust move towards thinking that EU membership is a good thing. John Curtis […]

Why We Need to Understand How EU Governments Communicate About Borders

JCMS |

In March 2020 EU governments unilaterally began closing state borders in an ad hoc reaction to the rapid spreading of SARS-CoV-2. Within a few days, one after the other announced that border crossings would be suspended until further notice. These executive decisions gave us pause: democratic governments are required to communicate and justify their decisions to maintain legitimacy.

A Fieldwork Trip to Geneva

Cecilia Manzotti |

Cecilia Manzotti was awarded a UACES Microgrant. It enabled her to travel to Geneva to interview the Head of the Legal Services for asylum-seekers at Caritas and to collect precious information and resources for her research.

50 Years of Irish EU Membership

eu!radio |

For our weekly “Ideas on Europe” editorial by UACES, the University Association for European Studies, we welcome Dr Mary C. Murphy, from the University College Cork, in Ireland.

Denmark’s Golden Anniversary

eu!radio |

For our weekly “Ideas on Europe” editorial by UACES, the University Association for European Studies, we welcome Dr Helene Dyrhauge, from Roskilde University, in Denmark.

EU-UK monthly tracking: November

Simon Usherwood |

One good reason for doing this regular tracking report is that is means we (i.e. I) can abreast of what is an ever-changing landscape of interactions between the EU and the UK. As a case in point, I’d rather missed that the past couple of weeks have been packed with meetings of the numerous Trade […]

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