Ideas on Europe


EU Cohesion policy in the spotlight


Studies show that the media report more negatively than positively on the European Union (EU). This ‘negativity bias’ is often used by journalists to attract audiences, but can also reduce public support for the EU. In this study, we explored media coverage of EU Cohesion policy – the largest EU investment policy for reducing economic, […]

CDU leadership race: Right-shift with Merz would be high risk gamble

Professor John Ryan |

Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party was going to hold a special congress on April 25, 2020 to decide its new leader. But the COVID 19 virus pandemic caused postponement. Nevertheless, once made, the choice will send a clear signal about who will run for chancellor for the party in next year’s German federal election and on which party-political […]

Britain’s Zen approach to dealing with Brussels

Prof. Richard Rose |

The government’s approach to building a post-Brexit trade policy appears based on Zen philosophy rather than economics. In economics textbooks, trade is a two-handed exchange between two people, an exporter and an importer, and one of these is foreign.

Do we know what our concepts do in our analyses?


Within the social sciences, there is an increasing interest in the ways in which the theoretical concepts employed in research and politics contribute to making the objects they are studying.

Why European asylum policies should account for refugees’ preferences


Following a surge of refugee arrivals in Europe in 2015, the numbers of new arrivals have significantly declined and the issue of asylum has ceased to dominate the political agenda. Nevertheless, the European Union remains deeply divided on how to establish responsibility-sharing among its member states and how to reform the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). Despite intense political debates, no effective cooperation among European states for the common provision of humanitarian protection has been established.

From financial crisis to legitimacy crisis?

PLATO project |

In the wake of the financial crisis, EU governments spent taxpayers’ money to rescue European banks. That displaced a financial crisis into political systems by straining public finances and social protections in all EU member states. Some states were brought to the point of insolvency, and the survival of the EU’s single currency, perhaps even […]

Economic Nationalism and Bank Resolution in Italy


Shawn Donnelly Is economic nationalism still alive when it comes to banking in the EU, and if so, what drives it? How have EU institutions responded so far? And in the process, do the Commission and the Single Resolution Board (SRB) have flexibility on the enforcement of bank resolution rules and can these rules be […]

Baltic Yearbook of International Law, Volume 17 (2017/2018), Issue 1

Jaanika Erne |

A new issue of The Baltic Yearbook of International Law – Volume 17 (2017/2018) 1, has been recently published. The number contains the articles: Hent Kalmo, „Principles and Pragmatism in State Succession: Bargaining in the Economic Affairs Commission of the Tartu Peace Conference“, pp. 1–23 Jaanika Erne, „On the Borders of Law, History and Politics: […]

Conducting EU foreign policy in times of crises and dissent


In the last decade, dissent among EU member states about the EU’s fundamental values has increased as a result of some national governments’ refusal to implement decisions and consent to previously agreed policy on issues related to human rights, rule of law and migration.

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