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#EP2019—Insights from Hungary and Poland (I)

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When I was an active party member and an elected Local Councillor until 2014, the European Parliament election campaign period was something I looked forward to, since it had given me the opportunity to knock on many people’ doors and see how they would be casting their votes at the elections.  Now with all the uncertainties […]

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Brexitology: delving into the books on Brexit

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Britain’s vote to leave the EU has produced a wealth of books, which should come as no surprise given the unprecedented challenges and debates it has led to in the UK, the rest of Europe and around the world. Recently published in International Politics Review, ‘Brexitology: delving into the books on Brexit’ covers almost 60 […]

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Communicating Europe: Who Speaks, and Why?

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What is Communicating Europe? Communicating Europe really started as an idea, or rather a reflection, after watching the BBC Great Debate in June 2016 between representatives of different UK-based political parties regarding whether to leave the EU, or to stay inside and make it stronger.  The reflection I had at the time was that, for […]

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Is the Backstop the real reason for UK gridlock? What are the options?

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The Brexit process seems to have got mired in something called the Backstop which few people, at least outside Ireland, understand but which is portrayed as way of keeping either the whole of the UK or just Northern Ireland more closely tied to the EU than they would have wanted. But is it the real […]

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2019 in Political Science (3) – Gleichstellung und Konflikte

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Ich bin jetzt seit gut vier Jahren stellvertretende Frauenbeauftragte der Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der LMU München. In Bayern nennt sich diese Funktion, nach dem Gesetz, immer noch so – “Frauenbeauftragte”. In anderen Bundesländern heißt es meist “Gleichstellungsbeauftragte(r)”. Aber die Bezeichnung ist mir nicht so wichtig. Wichtig ist, dass sich etwas tut. Und das geht häufig nicht […]

Neither Heaven nor Hell; Neither Saints nor Sinners

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…whatever be cause or effect, the disintegration of culture is the most serious and the most difficult to repair. T S Elliot, Notes Toward a Definition of Culture, 1948 What words can be used to portray the present state of European and Western culture?  Diluted, fragmented, anchorless, drifting, and increasingly meaningless? Are we living in […]

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Voluntary, Alleged and Forced Exoduses–Brexit, Polexit and CEU-exit

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Since I last blogged about how the EU’s Rule of Law Framework works and why Article 7 have been triggered against Poland and Hungary, a long list political developments took place both in Hungary and in Poland, as well as in the UK; some are positive and some are negative, but then this is relative […]

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EU should not set itself up as scapegoat by fining Italy

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The EU is trying to deal with two headline issues at present: whether the Brexit deal agreed between the Commission negotiators can be agreed on the one hand by the British parliament and on the other by all 27 member states, the other is whether the Italian government’s budget which has been deemed to breach […]

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Possible outcomes of UK departure from EU and its implications for British standards and regulations

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Before discussing any implications of Brexit for UK standards and regulations, let us remind ourselves what are standards and why are they important.  Standards are a range of powerful marketing and business tools for businesses and institutions of all shapes and sizes. They can be used to adjust performance and manage risks, while operating more sustainably and efficiently. They allow businesses […]

The Link between the EU’s Budget and its Values

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Debate on 2021-27 budget is underway The EU Commission wants to have agreement on the guidelines for the budgetary framework period 2021-27 by the planned summit in Romania on May 9th2019, based on proposals it made in May this year. Although agreement that early is unlikely, the debate on this issue of fundamental importance is […]

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