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Should the Private Sector Invest in Schools ?

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Mounting demographic demand begets more good school places in the country. There is a national shortage of good school places, especially in areas such as London, where the number of primary age pupils is increasing fast. In 2011 in England, 17 percent of pupils did not get into their first preference school and 3.5 percent did not […]

Is EU regional policy becoming more centralised?

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One of the panels at the Council for European Studies conference in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago focused on local and regional authority engagement with EU cohesion policy, and what the impact of the current financial crisis  and austerity has been.   It was noted that the European Commission often prides itself on the […]

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Day Two at the UACES Student Forum Conference

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Students from across Europe gathered in Loughborough on 8-9 July for the 14th Annual Student Forum conference. In this post Kathryn Simpson, University of Kent, reports on the last session of the conference, a roundtable on ‘Britain and the EU’.

Day One at the Student Forum Conference 2013

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Students from across Europe gathered in Loughborough on 8-9 July for the 14th Annual Student Forum conference. In this post Grant Stirling, University of Edinburgh, reports from a key note by Professor Helen Drake, on the role of UACES and similar organisations in European Integration.

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Mayday!

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Since 1927 this expression, based on the second half of the French call for help “Venez m’aider” has been used to signal a life-threatening emergency for ships or aircraft. Out of this context, and spelt in two words, it may of course simply refer to a day in the month of May. For the European […]

Language skills required

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Europeans enjoy freedom of movement, but they don’t make enough use of it. The European labour market could benefit tremendously from a higher degree of mobility. If it was not for the language barrier. But in times of crisis, people – especially qualified young people from Southern Europe – no longer hesitate to accept the […]

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The solar trade dispute

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The recent anti-dumping tariffs imposed by the EU on imported solar panel components from China, highlights a crisis not only in trade relations between Europe and China, but also the divisions within the renewable energy sector in Europe. Within Europe’s solar panel industry, there appears to be two conflicting interests between the producers of the […]

How Kosovo Won the Champions League

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Spectators of European top-level football are not really accustomed to spot the flag of Kosovo in international fixtures. This is not surprising, given the fact that the Football Federation of Kosovo has not obtained membership status with UEFA and is therefore not allowed to line up FC Prishtina, winner of the ‘Raiffeisen Superliga Kosove’ in […]

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