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The structural dilemmas for British PMs over the EU

Simon Usherwood |

As Rishi Sunak nears the end of his first month in the job as Prime Minister, we might once again consider how much he might engage with, and progress, the European issue. Like his predecessors before him, Sunak has both a vague sense that this is something that needs sorting, and no real plan about […]

Justice for Blessing: Contesting Police Violence at the Franco-Italian Border

Janina Pescinski |

On October 25th, Tous Migrants, a French migrant advocacy organization, announced that it had filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights concerning the death of Blessing Matthew, a young Nigerian woman who died after crossing the Franco-Italian border. This appeal is based in part on new evidence in the case that came to light in an investigation by Border Forensics.

Have you tried turning it off and on again?

Simon Usherwood |

Another month, another Prime Minister. The ructions in Westminster might well have launched a thousand memes about lettuce, but have also clearly put any policy work on hold. This holds true for British EU policy, where the only clear shift since Boris Johnson’s time in office has been a shift in discourse and framing: both […]

Field Trip Report- My Experience at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center in Ghana

The UACES Network |

By Silvia Peirolo Security assistance is at the forefront of international engagement in “weak” or “fragile” states. Making so-called fragile states secure and stable is viewed by the international community as essential for dealing with the consequences of the transnational and diffuse nature of insecurity such as trafficking of arms, drugs and human beings and […]

Liz Truss demanded 'no EU flags' at Prague summit

Jon Danzig |

New British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, demanded that ‘no EU flags’ should be shown at the Prague meeting of European leaders on Thursday 6 October 2022. EU news website EURACTIV reported that the flags were kept away from the inaugural European Political Community summit at the demand of Ms Truss and the UK delegation. The […]

“Euro-ambivalence”, EU competition law, and national healthcare systems: How the UK parliament joined some of the dots with NHS reform

EUhealthgov |

“We send the EU £350 million a week. Let’s fund our NHS instead” proved an effective – if misleading – slogan for the Leave campaign in the 2016 UK referendum on EU membership. While this may simply suggest a “very British” variety of Euroscepticism, its implications arguably prove further-reaching, with learning for other countries (and […]

'War in Europe is a civil war'

Jon Danzig |

Britain’s Children’s Newspaper – subtitled, ‘The Story of the World Today for the Men and Women of Tomorrow’ – was a remarkable and mature publication for youngsters. On 8 October 1938, with dark clouds of war looming, the newspaper ran a visionary editorial describing Europe as ‘one Brotherhood’ with a ‘common interest which binds its […]

How newspaper lies led to Brexit

Jon Danzig |

Prince Harry, Sir Elton John and Liz Hurley are among a group of celebrities suing the Daily Mail publishers, Associated Newspapers, for what they describe as “abhorrent criminal activity”. Their legal action claims they have “compelling and highly distressing evidence” that they have been “victims” of  “gross breaches of privacy by Associated Newspapers”. The group […]

Establishing common grounds: our first RELATE reading groups

Heidi Maurer |

The UACES research network RELATE (European Studies in a Relational Universe) aims to bring together scholars with an expertise and interest in social relational theory, to advance and inspire an innovative relational research agenda and bring relational theory into the mainstream of EU and European studies, and to contribute to capacity-building of early career researchers […]

Introducing the EUFutures Research Network: Inter-Disciplinary Approaches to Connecting EU Law, Policy and Politics

Prof Elaine Fahey, Dr Fabien Terpan, Dr Rebecca Zahn |

The EUFutures research network was launched in 2022 in order to answer this question. Sponsored by UACES and the James Madison Charitable Trust from 2022-2025, the network brings together scholars to: reflect on the future methodological direction(s) of EU law and EU integration; to provide methodological training for EU lawyers interested in interdisciplinary study; and to consider both how law could open itself up to methodologies from other disciplines, and what legal analysis could offer political, economic and historical approaches.

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