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Why a change in government won't change Norway's ambiguous EU policy

Future of Europe blog |

Although the new Norwegian government appears more willing to discuss EU-related issues than previous ones, the question of Norway’s EU policy remains ambiguous, argues John Erik Fossum in this blog post.  On September 13, 2021 Norway held its parliamentary elections. In Norway, parliamentary elections take place at fixed dates, at a four-year interval. The total […]

High- and low-stress holding models

Simon Usherwood |

A while back I wrote about the UK’s approach to the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and Trade & Cooperation Agreement (TCA), arguing that this was driven by a lack of strategic intent, resulting in constant efforts to keep things up in the air. In so doing, the UK aims to avoid falling into any settled pattern […]

Recovery and Resilience Facility and Cohesion Policy: a different kettle of fish?

eufinacco |

In May 2020, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission proposed the creation of a novel recovery instrument, the Next Generation EU, aimed at ensuring a sustainable recovery across the EU. The Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) constitutes the most massive area of the Next Generation EU’s resources amounting to €723.8 billion in loans (€385.8 […]

Right wing populism in Europe: The new normal

eu!radio |

For our weekly “Ideas on Europe” editorial by UACES, the University Association for European Studies, we welcome Prof Daniele Albertazzi, from the University of Surrey, in England.             euradio · Right wing populism in Europe: The new normal – Ideas on Europe     Daniele, you say that right-wing populism […]

The news changed and we got Brexit

Jon Danzig |

Brexit used to sit on the far side lines of politics. Indeed, the word ‘Brexit’ was only invented in 2012, and until the referendum, most people didn’t know what it meant. (Now it’s in the Oxford English dictionary.) Prior to 2011, tabloids such as the Daily Mail and Daily Express were more fixated on false […]

WA/TCA Committee Tracker, November 2021

Simon Usherwood |

As part of this blog’s ongoing monitoring of the two treaties, we regularly produce a tracker of meetings of the various bodies that they have set up. These trackers are useful at a number of levels. Firstly, the level of overall activity provides an indication of the vibrancy of the treaty and the extent to […]

Social Europe, past and future

eu!radio |

For our weekly “Ideas on Europe” editorial by UACES, the University Association for European Studies, we welcome Dr Rebecca Zahn, from University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow.     euradio · Social Europe, past and future – Ideas on Europe     Rebecca, you’re a law professor, and you’re interested in the social dimension of European […]

Crisis measures

Simon Usherwood |

As we reach the end of the COP26 hiatus on Brexit the signs are not good. Reports from the talks on the Protocol are that progress isn’t occurring, even with the Commission’s striking opening offer. This is all less than unexpected: the UK’s ask on ending the role of the CJEU in the Protocol never […]

What they want: The end of the EU

Jon Danzig |

They want to see the end of the EU altogether. That’s been the aim of prominent Brexiters from the start. And it’s certainly the aim of the guy who started Brexit: former UKIP leader and MEP, and now President of the Reform Party, previously the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage. In September 2017, Mr Farage received […]

The new EU Cybersecurity Strategy 2020: was COVID-19 a key factor?

Crossroads Europe |

This article is based on research presented at the UACES Graduate Forum Research Conference 2021 (17-18 June, online)   Cybersecurity has become the backbone of a global digital society, a key element for a variety of issues ranging from national security, data protection, the trustworthiness of AI and 5G technologies, digital sovereignty, to, last but not least, […]

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