Ideas on Europe

Economics & Trade

Frames and Issue Linkage: EU Trade Policy in the Geoeconomic Turn


Changes underway in the global political economy, including Sino-American tensions and the Covid-19 pandemic, are increasingly identified as creating new challenges and raising difficult questions about the role of prominent traders like the European Union (EU).

20 years of Cyprus in the EU - Phoebus Athanassiou

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We recently welcomed Phoebus Athanassiou to eu!radio! He is an Associate Professor at the Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt, and is originally from Cyprus. He reflected on his country's accession to the EU 20 years ago in a personal testimony.

Business Power and Geoeconomics in the European Union


The global economic order has shifted dramatically over the past decade, moving from a business-centred liberal logic of trade and commerce to a politicised logic of conflict and power maximisation. This geoeconomic turn, the theme of a Special Issue forthcoming with JCMS, has also materialised in the European Union (EU) and the Single European Market (SEM), and has far-reaching implications for the world of business where policymakers replace companies as the main manager of economic interconnectedness.

Ukraine’s other battle: the one against corruption

eu!radio |

We recently welcomed Michael Richter to eu!radio! He is a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer at the University of Surrey, in Britain. He spoke about how Ukraine is not only defending itself against the Russian aggression, but also fighting a second battle, against corruption.

Clashes of sovereignty

eu!radio |

We recently welcomed Emilija Tudzarovska to eu!radio! She is a Lecturer in Contemporary European Politics at Charles University, in Prague and her research focuses on the democratic legitimacy of the European Union. She spoke about her scientific approach to the crisis of representative democracy that we all perceive.

In defence of the EU-Mercosur trade agreement

eu!radio |

We recently welcomed Camila Villard Duran to eu!radio! She is a law professor at ESSCA School of Management, based in Angers, France. She spoke in defence of the trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur.

European Defence Spending Should Be Better Aligned

Dr Nicholas Marsh, Dr Bruno Oliveira Martins, Prof Jocelyn Mawdsley |

As a response to the war in Ukraine, European countries have decided to increase their military spending. But member states and EU institutions are not on the same page about what to do with it. Increased defence spending, in itself, does not automatically translate into higher common EU industrial capacity or defence capabilities. On the contrary: uncoordinated military spending brings different risks, and more effort should be put on policy and strategic alignment.

Making Foreign Aid Work: Navigating the Aid Localisation Conundrum

Swetha Ramachandran |

Development assistance funding by international donors is rarely channeled through local actors. While there are strong normative and practical arguments to localize funding (i.e. directly channel funding through local actors), progress has been piecemeal as donors are largely left to their own devices to decide how/when/where and how much to localize.

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