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Interview: Ben Rosamond and the importance of IPE in European Studies

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Ben Rosamond (Copenhaguen University) and Miguel Otero-Iglesias (Oxford Brookes University) discuss the current and future importance of non-mainstream IPE approaches in understanding the European Union and its role in the new world order after the Global Financial Crisis.

Leonhard den Hertog discusses Frontex and the rise in immigration after the Arab Spring

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In the first part of this short interview, Leonhard den Hertog, University of Cologne, discusses the difficulties in assessing the accountability of the EU Borders Agency (Frontex). The second part of this interview looks at whether the scale of migration to Italy following the Arab Spring has been overstated.

UACES in Cambridge 2011: 1st impressions from the Polish Presidency

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I must say that the Polish EU Council presidency has not been in the focus of my attention for the first two months of its term, which may be due to the sort-of-summer break politics takes in Brussels. Or because their online communication is not that catching. Or because I wasn’t following as closely being […]

Tell us about your research? Shelly Gottfried speaks to Miguel Otero-Iglesias

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Now in her third year at City University, Shelly Gottfried discusses the challenges of undertaking her PhD with Miguel Otero-Iglesias, Oxford Brookes University. She also offers her views on the immediate problems facing the EU in light of the Arab Spring.

UACES in Cambridge 2011: Some thoughts ahead

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On early Sunday morning, I’ll be heading via train from Berlin to the UACES conference “Exchanging Ideas on Europe 2011” in Cambridge/UK. UACES is the academic organisation that also runs this blog platform, and the conference is a space for the presentation of ongoing academic research on mainly EU-related matters. Among other things, I am […]

Welcome

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Welcome to this ‘Europe and African Security’ blog, which has two essential objectives: – It will act as an interactive tool to prepare and follow up two EC-funded workshops looking at the European Union and the African Security Regime. The first of these workshops will take place on 20th and 21st October at the University […]

Access to EU Commission documents: 2010 statistics and 2011 academic realities [Updated]

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Yesterday, the EU Commission published its report on the application of the EU access to documents regulation in 2010 (PDF). The report gives some interesting figures, but one should see them in relation to reality, which shall be done below. A) The report’s figures in a quick and selective summary: In 2010, there were 6127 […]

Digital access to EU information 30 years ago

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I just stumbled over a nice academic publication presented quite exactly 30 years ago, in June 1981. This article titled “A practical introduction to sources of information about the European Communities” by Giancarlo Pau (an Italian working at the Commission representation in the UK; Source (pdf)) covers ways to get information about the European Communities, […]

Are we getting a European party system?

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The Guardian just published a nice timeline-map visualisation on “how political shifts have altered the map of Europe” mainly showing the change of political left-right majorities across Europe over the past 40 years. Let’s complement this with an academic perspective: Through the analysis of 264 elections in 30 European countries (EU-27 + Norway, Iceland and […]

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