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Why I’m leaving university out of love for academia

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Do you know this feeling, when you sit in the corner of the entrance hall of a university building, somewhere in the world, on the sidelines of a conference, lost in a fascinating novel dataset or a paper, while other academics rush by? Or this feeling when dozens of pairs of eyes of students look […]

The Shifting Impact of Religion on Attitudes Toward the European Union

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What factors shape public attitudes toward the European Union (EU)? Observers of public opinion during the early stages of European integration found a stable ‘permissive consensus’ among citizens that allowed elites to pursue the project without deep public scrutiny. Almost everyone supported integration; there was very little variation to explain. Enlargement, deepening integration, and a […]

Why it’s time for an EU-wide nutrition label on food

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A discussion has started at EU level on whether to adopt an EU-wide nutrition label. So far, it has received little public exposure but, unlike most EU debates, it has the potential to trigger passions and become a political fireball. Yet now is the right time to create an EU-wide nutrition label on food. Health […]

Snapshots from Europe: how three cities are responding to the Coronavirus crisis

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Last year, I spent three months travelling to see what three of Europe’s lesser-known cities showed about life on the Continent in the twenty-first century. Geographically, culturally and economically distinctive, each place – with its own legacy from the past and priorities for the future – illustrates a different aspect of Europe and the challenges […]

Migration Evangelism to French Commuters: Political transnationalism of France-based African migrants on board of trains

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Drawing from political transnationalism of African migrants in France, Dr Tshimpaka argues that France-based African migrant combatants from Francophone countries, transnationally network within the ‘Rassemblement des Africains et Afro-descendants pour la Souverneite’ de Afrique’ (RAASA) to contest the European narrative on African migration, that they deem to be misleading.

Promise of democratic renewal or shaky idea? Recommendations for the Conference on the Future of Europe

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Can participatory democracy be the solution to the EU’s democratic deficit? This seems to be the European Commission’s intention with launching the Conference on the Future of Europe. If this is to work, the Conference must however itself be democratically legitimate. Based on past experiences, Camille Dobler gives four recommendations for citizens’ consultations. Can participatory […]

Ukrainophobic policies of Yanukovych which eventually brought about the Revolution of Dignity

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These days is the 10-th anniversary of the anti-European coup d’état in Ukraine´s political course, caused by the election of Victor Yanukovych as a new president. The new course symbolized “close to Russia – away from Europe” regime strategy, which ended in ousting of Yanukovych out to where he was leading the country – to […]

The New Remainers: How To Stay European After Brexit

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The weeks and months following Brexit are taking those of us who would have preferred the UK to stay in the EU into strange new territory. While politicians and technocrats get on with working out the practicalities, the question for us ordinary Europhiles is: how to remain European? On this new terrain is the underlying […]

Striking

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French transport strikes bear a “striking” resemblance with Hollywood blockbusters.  Unlike Star Wars episodes, they are not numbered, but they are released at similar intervals, draw large crowds, and you get easily lost between sequels and prequels. This year’s episode seems particularly serious. If the trade unions don’t even respect the unwritten rule of letting […]

Poor Detention Conditions and the European Arrest Warrant: Are Social Rights the Way Forward?

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With poor detention and prison conditions in EU Member states, Neža Šubic argues that social rights should be taken seriously in the context of the European Arrest Warrant. This would be the next step in designing an ever more rights-based Union. 

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