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Some ado about not much: The DUP deal on power-sharing

Simon Usherwood |

The publication on Wednesday of a UK Command Paper "Safeguarding the Union" came largely out of the blue. For months the Secretary of State and budding author, Chris Heaton-Harris, has been talking with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) about returning to power-sharing in the Northern Ireland Executive.

The EU's response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine: Invoking norms and values

JCMS |

The EU's response to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia in February 2022 has been unprecedented, displaying rare unity among its member states, especially during the first four months following the invasion. The EU agreed on far-reaching economic and financial sanctions, the most severe sanctions ever imposed by the EU on a third country.

Retained EU Law is dead! Long live assimilated law!

Simon Usherwood |

During the Christmas break, the UK got rid of all its Retained EU Law (REUL). But not really. The entry into force of the Retained EU Law Act at New Year’s Eve meant that all that “Retained EU Law” got relabelled as “assimilated law”. As I discussed in my previous post, the Act also resulted […]

2024 – a decisive year for EU (health) policy making

Dr Louise Bengtsson |

Globally, 2024 has already been hailed as “the ultimate election year” as citizens in over 60 countries are heading to the polls, including in the US. This year, Europe will see several parliamentary elections but also – of course – the elections to the European Parliament (EP). The latter will take place in the EU […]

The gap between political and judicial subsidiarity

JCMS |

by Ton van den Brink (Utrecht University), Martijn Huysmans (Utrecht University) and Philippe van Gruisen (Leiden University) The subsidiarity principle, which says the EU should not overreach and leave as much freedom as possible to the Member States, got a real boost from the Treaty of Lisbon. Nonetheless, a significant gap between the political and […]

Explaining Research Activities of International Organizations

Europe of Knowledge |

Anke Reinhardt International governmental organizations are not, at least not primarily, research organizations. There are exceptions: For example, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) were both created to conduct research. But the vast majority of international organizations have other functions: facilitating international cooperation, regulating international […]

Institutional quality and geography of discontent in the EU

JCMS |

by Burhan Can Karahasan (MEF University) and Mehmet Pinar (Universidad de Sevilla and Istanbul Bilgi University)   In the 2016 Referendum, with a Leave vote of 51.89%, the United Kingdom (UK) became the first country to withdraw from the European Union (EU) officially. While the political and economic consequences of the Brexit process are still […]

Researching Pharmaceutical Policymaking in Brussels

Vassilis Karokis-Mavrikos |

As an early career academic in European Public Policy, my PhD thesis seeks to introduce a new lens for the understanding of agenda-setting and policy-formulation dynamics at the EU level.

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