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Criticising Ukraine: Fair or Foolish?

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Since Croatia’s ascension, Ukraine is one of the next in line hoping to participate in the Brussels community. While Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, has been encouraged by various EU leaders in guiding his country’s European aspirations, bashing Ukraine has also become a popular pastime. Kiev has been depicted as flirting with both Russia to the […]

Day Two at the UACES Student Forum Conference

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Students from across Europe gathered in Loughborough on 8-9 July for the 14th Annual Student Forum conference. In this post Kathryn Simpson, University of Kent, reports on the last session of the conference, a roundtable on ‘Britain and the EU’.

Daydreaming of a referendum on Europe

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It’s not often that I nap in the afternoon, but I managed it last Friday. Partly it was the muggy weather, but mainly it was listening to the second reading of the European Union (Referendum) Bill in the Commons. While I wait for you to recover from your shock, I’ll just explain a bit why. […]

Avoiding concept stretching in ‘euroscepticism’

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The idea of concept stretching is not a new one, and certainly predates Satori’s seminal piece on the topic from 1970, at least in practical terms. However, it’s an idea that has continued relevance for all researchers, especially those in the social sciences. it was something I was reminded of this week, during some workshop […]

A rock on the beach? unpacking euroscepticism

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This week, we held our third annual workshop of the UACES Collaborative Research Network on Euroscepticism in Brussels. As with its forerunners, the event brought together a wide range of academics and practitioners and there was much enlightening discussion. I’ll come back to some of the other themes in coming posts, but today I want […]

The Structural Limits to Euroscepticism

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After the many months of a fast evolving debate on the European Union here in the UK, recent weeks have seen some of the steam being let out. Partly this is due to the fading profile of the eurozone crisis in news agendas, and partly because everyone is waiting for the next peg on which […]

Questions about the debate about Europe

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To watch just my question and the answers click here (5 minutes) At a debate in London this week about the future of the European Union, I asked high-level politicians and senior academics: “How are we going to raise the level of debate in this country which is quite frankly appalling?  It’s very vitriolic, it’s […]

The making of European leaders: who selects the president(s)?

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Fellow euroblogger Jon Worth has spent some time gathering thoughts and evidence around the coming European Union leadership following the 2014 European Parliament elections, a start of discussions applauded by other bloggers. Jon has listed a number of candidates for the next European Commission President (of the centre-right, the centre left, or the rest), for the next European […]

National Consensus – the Missing Link in Bulgaria’s Elections

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Tina Schivatcheva National consensus – these words are missing from Bulgaria’s political vocabulary.  In the midst of bitter political contentions, Bulgaria’s political scene is once again marred by open confrontations, and the bad-blood of back stabbing.  Today, Saturday 11th of May, is the day before the early Bulgarian elections.  In theory, this day should allow […]

Europe: foreign criminals and human rights

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Today The Telegraph published a story about two foreign criminals, jailed for their part in the English riots, who successfully appealed against deportation because of their ‘right to family life’ under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. In response, I posted this comment: Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights […]

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