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Illegal migrants? No, illegal Britain

Jon Danzig |

The media, the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, and the Home Secretary, James Cleverly, call them “illegal migrants.” They are not. They are mostly desperate, destitute, often stateless men, women, and children fleeing from war, torture, oppression, and persecution. Nobody risks their lives across the treacherous waters of the English Channel in unsuitable and unsafe boats […]

How the European Commission is elected

Jon Danzig |

The EU is a democracy, in many ways more democratic and accountable than our system of democracy in the UK. The Commission President must be elected by an absolute majority of ALL MEPs – that’s at least 51% of them. Every Commissioner and the entire Commission must be democratically approved or rejected by the European […]

How to change the world

Jon Danzig |

Yes, YOU can change the world. Or more pertinently, WE can change the world. People of all ages, from all ages, have been changing the world since humans arrived on it. There’s no doubt that the standard of living of the average human has considerably changed and improved in the past 100 years, 1000 years, […]

2024 – a decisive year for EU (health) policy making

Dr Louise Bengtsson |

Globally, 2024 has already been hailed as “the ultimate election year” as citizens in over 60 countries are heading to the polls, including in the US. This year, Europe will see several parliamentary elections but also – of course – the elections to the European Parliament (EP). The latter will take place in the EU […]

We can't let the Brexit lies win

Jon Danzig |

Remain should have won the 2016 referendum. Of course, we should have done. We should have won. We could have won. And we would have won, with an entirely different campaign. The Remain campaign never expected to lose. That was their mistake number one. They were driven by aloof, smug, complacency. They thought they could […]

Don't blame migrants

Jon Danzig |

Migrants are a boon for Britain, not a burden. And Britons, we should be thankful that migrants are here. They create jobs. There are 37,000 foreign-owned businesses in the UK, hiring large numbers of people. Indeed, 7% of foreign-owned businesses in Britain employ 250 people or more, compared with just 0.2% of UK-owned businesses. Without […]

The gap between political and judicial subsidiarity

JCMS |

by Ton van den Brink (Utrecht University), Martijn Huysmans (Utrecht University) and Philippe van Gruisen (Leiden University) The subsidiarity principle, which says the EU should not overreach and leave as much freedom as possible to the Member States, got a real boost from the Treaty of Lisbon. Nonetheless, a significant gap between the political and […]

Exploring Russian Cyber Interference: A RENPET Scholar's Journey at the University of Kent

Eugene Kondratov |

Between September and December 2023, I undertook a RENPET-funded research stay at the University of Kent’s School of Politics and International Relations. This period was integral to my PhD thesis, which examines Russia’s hybrid interference campaigns in Western democracies. My primary aim was to explore the changing dynamics of Russian disinformation and cyber interference, assessing […]

Explaining Research Activities of International Organizations

Europe of Knowledge |

Anke Reinhardt International governmental organizations are not, at least not primarily, research organizations. There are exceptions: For example, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) were both created to conduct research. But the vast majority of international organizations have other functions: facilitating international cooperation, regulating international […]

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