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A problem for 2024? Consent in the Northern Ireland Protocol

Simon Usherwood |

Given the amount of political anguish caused already by the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP) since its conception during the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) talks, it might seem odd to write today about one provision that can’t be used until late 2024 at the earliest. However, the Art.18 provisions on consent represent a key safeguard for the […]

France 2022: Echoes of 2002

Albrecht Sonntag |

Like many French citizens, I vividly remember the 8 o’clock news on the evening of the 21st of April, 2002. Half an hour before, our son called us from Paris, somewhat disturbed by the exit poll rumours. When television confirmed the accession of Jean-Marie Le Pen to the second tour of the presidential election, we […]

The Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2022

eu!radio |

For our weekly “Ideas on Europe” editorial by UACES, the University Association for European Studies, we have the pleasure to welcome Dr Clare Rice, from University of Liverpool, in England.

The French presidential elections 2022 in seven easy lessons

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For our weekly “Ideas on Europe” editorial by UACES, the University Association for European Studies, we have the pleasure to welcome again Prof Helen Drake, Director of the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University London.

France 2022: Stumbling blocks in collective memory

Albrecht Sonntag |

The first and so far only international football match between France and Algeria took place twenty years ago, on 6 October 2001. The starting point had been the sustained euphoria around the multiethnic character of Les Bleus, the French national team, winners of the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship, and their emblematic leader […]

EU correspondents are needed to make differentiated integration accessible to the public

Asimina Michailidou, Hans-Jörg Trenz |

In a time of growing political complexity and differentiated integration, the role of high-quality journalism on the EU is more important than ever, argue EU3D researchers Asimina Michailidou and Hans-Jörg Trenz. Two years into the Conference on the Future of Europe, citizens remain largely unaware of the platform where they are meant to have their […]

The EU needs more than an external unifier

Simon Usherwood |

This post originally appeared on Encompass. When trying to explain why European integration took off after the end of the Second World War, academics typically point towards some combination of factors. As well as the peace project in the wake of Holocaust and of the total war that had ravaged the continent, economic reconstruction and […]

The Forthcoming Hungarian Election

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For our weekly “Ideas on Europe” editorial by UACES, the University Association for European Studies, we welcome Daniel Hegedüs from the Berlin Office of the German Marshall Fund of the US.

Putin's fingerprints are all over Brexit

Jon Danzig |

Brexit has Putin’s fingerprints all over it. We’ve increasingly been suspicious of this for some time, but the evidence is mounting. Motive is the key incentive for any crime. There have never been any benefits for Britain doing Brexit. Not even one. Any apparent motive for leaving the EU was based on a pack of […]

France 2022: And then there was war.

Albrecht Sonntag |

French election campaigns are usually desperately navel-gazing. Foreign policy issues are all but absent from the debate. And even in ‘ordinary’ times, all mainstream evening news programmes consider international news a toxic audience killer. But the war in Ukraine has swept everything else in the background and changed the campaign dynamic. It has also put […]

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