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The EU election: Remain blew it

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I don’t usually read the Nation.Cymru newspaper, but their analysis of how the Remain side lost in the EU election is spot on. Writing for the paper, described as, ‘A news service by the people of Wales, for the people of Wales’, Ifan Morgan Jones commented: ‘It was Remain that needed to use this election […]

JCMS Editors’ Tribute to Professor John Peterson

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We at JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies are deeply saddened by the news of the untimely death of Professor John Peterson, a former editor of the Journal. John was a dedicated scholar, supervisor, mentor and friend to many in the academic community in the UK, across the Atlantic and beyond. John had a significant […]

A business view of Brexit

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I spent most of the day yesterday hanging around* a big bunch of procurement managers: I was very well-behaved and even at the point of speaking to a trio of Chief Procurement Officers I didn’t make a Star Wars droid joke. This was an annual world congress for such individuals and it was very instructive […]

Remainers unite! Divided we fail

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The Financial Times has published an article which provides the raw truth for the Remain movement: Britain’s Remainers are too divided. It’s something I have been complaining about for some years. My disappointment in the inability of Remainers to work effectively together has moved to frustration, to anger, and now to resigned despair. Truly, deep, […]

Three lessons for Brexit for the Huawei affair

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Yesterday’s sacking of Gavin Williamson, following an investigation into the leaking of a decision of the National Security Council on the use of Huawei components in the UK’s 5G network, was a big shock, both for its speed and its timing (don’t forget to vote today BTW). There’s nothing to be gained at this stage in […]

#EP2019–Why May 2019 EP elections are most critical and what are the main issues? (III)

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The first European Parliament elections took place in 1979 when the European Union then was known as the European Community, consisted of only nine member states. The United Kingdom was one of the nine members; Hungary and Poland’s membership of the EU was unimaginable at the time. While the EP was recognised as a ‘talking […]

Bringing scholars, policymakers and practitioners together: a conference on shaping sustainable futures of internationalization in higher education

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Nadiia Kachynska and Clara Kim As a truly global phenomenon, the internationalization of higher education relates to highly debatable topics among researchers, policymakers and practitioners. Since early studies on internationalization in 1990s, it has developed as a major theme within the interdisciplinary field of higher education research, and more recently critical studies and counter-visions of […]

Boycotts, opportunity costs and the European elections

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One of the drivers – apart from the need to be seen to getting on with it – for Theresa May to submit the UK’s notification to withdraw from the EU on 29 March 2017 was to ensure that the UK had left before the next European elections, due 23 May 2019. Fast-forward a bit […]

Climate changes dwarfs Brexit

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Those who don’t think 16-year-olds should have a vote, should listen to the powerful and awe inspiring speech by the 16-year-old climate change activist, Greta Thunberg. Then, you might consider, that not only are 16-year-olds capable of voting; they are more capable of leading the world than many of our current leaders. In a rousing […]

Brexit means destroying the pro-Europe legacy of all past Prime Ministers since 1957

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All the past British Prime Ministers since 1957 wanted Britain to be a member of the European Community. Could they all have been wrong? In the past 62 years, there’s only one Prime Minister who wants us to turn our back on Europe – the current incumbent, Theresa May. (However, before she became Prime Minister, […]

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