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Doctoral supervision in an international team PhD: lessons learned

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In this blog post, Chris Lord reflects on lessons from PLATO for doctoral supervision. As an international, cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral PhD network, PLATO has created an unusual opportunity to compare supervision practice. But its innovative supervision arrangements and collaborative nature have also placed unusual demands on supervisors and PhD researchers. PLATO is an Innovative Training […]

Why EU states are converging on restrictive migration policies, despite their different political traditions

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Differing political cultures and migration traditions among EU member states have given rise to a variety of national policy approaches toward irregular migration. While in principle this diversity hinders agreement on common asylum and migration policies, EU member states are now increasingly converging toward more restrictive migration policies. National policy approaches are deeply rooted in […]

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Circumfession

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A mothers existential account through a son’s circumcision  a la Derrida’s Circumfession Derrida’s account was what a person feels when he is trying to write, being circumscribed and naked to public, the existential crisis of should I never write or write it down and be forever humiliated. But of course it was his ideas on […]

The day England turned blue

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It was in the early hours of that Friday 13 December 2019 that we learnt the results of the third general election in four years: the Tories had won a landslide, with an 80-seat majority. England had turned predominantly blue. It wasn’t so much a shock that the Tories had won – Labour was trailing […]

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Assessing the impact of Covid-19 on the EU’s response to irregular migration

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Covid-19 has once again put EU solidarity to the test. While much of the focus has been on the pandemic’s impact on healthcare and the European economy, it has also pushed states further apart on the issue of irregular migration. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, the issue of irregular migration had been at the top […]

Foreign aid to Ukraine. Part I: Bottomless barrel for European and American taxpayers

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According to leading analytical agencies, Ukraine’s sovereign credit rating did not exceed “B” for more than 20 years, but international organizations and foreign countries keep pouring money into the country. It was announced during the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the UK in October that London will provide Kyiv with an additional £5 […]

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Britain is naturally a pro-EU country

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Although hard to believe now, for most of the UK’s four decades as a member of the European Union, Britain didn’t want to leave. On the contrary, most Brits wanted us to stay. What’s the proof of that? Well, apart from polling over the years, look at governments and general elections. From 1959 to 2016, every UK government and […]

Playing the Muse for lady Europe!

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Welcome to my Ideas on Europe blog! Despoina Kotsi, Lawyer, Ph.D. candidate in Public Law (NKUA) The title of my blog deeply reflects the operational obligation of a delicate activity on the part of judicial functionaries just like the performance of Muses. Thus, Clio was approximately the “Proclaimer,” Euterpe the “Well Pleasing,” Thalia the “Blooming,” […]

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Do institutions help achieve greater value for spending European taxpayers’ money?

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The European Union (EU) budget is about one percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of all Member States amounting to about €240 per annum, per citizen. The EU budget redistributes more than €150 billion annually. These funds are directed towards agriculture and regional policy, which operate to help less developed countries and local communities. […]

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Decentered Europe: Muslims in Europe

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The European identity is generally perceived on the notion that it is a pure race. But we are reminded that even Europa –according to the Greek myth –was a Phoenician-Asian woman. Furthermore, the Europeans attach their lineage to the Greece and Greek Philosophers of 400 BC. But those Greeks never considered themselves Europeans and distinguished […]

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