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'Migrant Instrumentalisation' , EU’s Border with Belarus and Russia and Realities on the Ground

Dr Aleksandra Jolkina |

In late November 2023, Finland temporary closed all its border crossing points with Russia in response to the perceived ‘instrumentalisation of migrants’ by that country. This has been made possible by the recent amendments to the Finnish Border Guard Act that allow for border closure in case of a large influx of migrants, deliberately caused […]

Institutional quality and geography of discontent in the EU

JCMS |

by Burhan Can Karahasan (MEF University) and Mehmet Pinar (Universidad de Sevilla and Istanbul Bilgi University)   In the 2016 Referendum, with a Leave vote of 51.89%, the United Kingdom (UK) became the first country to withdraw from the European Union (EU) officially. While the political and economic consequences of the Brexit process are still […]

Without migrants, we wouldn't have the NHS

Jon Danzig |

Our NHS would collapse without migrants. Almost 20% of the staff in NHS England are from overseas. Out of 1.5 million NHS staff in England, around 265,000 reported a non-British nationality as of June 2023. That’s 45,000 more than the previous year. What’s more, since Brexit, data indicates that the proportion of EU citizens working […]

Researching Pharmaceutical Policymaking in Brussels

Vassilis Karokis-Mavrikos |

As an early career academic in European Public Policy, my PhD thesis seeks to introduce a new lens for the understanding of agenda-setting and policy-formulation dynamics at the EU level.

UK -v- EU democracy

Jon Danzig |

Brexiters claim that the EU is run by unelected bureaucrats. It’s a laughable claim because it’s untrue. The EU is a democracy, run by elected politicians. By comparison, the UK seems more like a quasi-democracy, with unelected decision-makers and undemocratic practises that would be considered despotic compared to EU standards. Take our Parliament. It consists […]

My real-life adventures

Jon Danzig |

The word Brexit was invented in 2012. It’s when I started to campaign against it, seriously concerned that it could really happen. But what did I do before that? For those who are interested to know, BBC Three Counties Radio broadcast an extended interview with me about my career as a photojournalist just before anyone […]

Polish Security and Defence under the new Tusk Government: A 'go to' Player once more?

Laura Chappell, Michael Martin Richter |

Introduction On 13 December 2023 the new Polish coalition government, formally known as the ‘Coalition of October 15’, composed of Civic Coalition, The Third Way and New Left, was sworn in. Led by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, and with Radosław Sikorski as the Foreign Minister, the current government has some distinct similarities with the last […]

The infamous five Prime Ministers

Jon Danzig |

The five Conservative Prime Ministers of this millennium have cumulatively inflicted such deeply ingrained damage to our country that it may take generations to repair what they have done. Of the five, four strongly supported EU membership before the referendum. They knew in their hearts and heads that Brexit would be ruinous for Britain, but […]

Fieldwork in Turkey at Sabancı University

Samuele C.A. Abrami |

During the path towards a PhD degree, it is undeniable that having a chance to spend some time abroad as a visiting researcher is something that enriches not only the project itself but also the human and professional experience of the candidate. This is even more crucial when one is based at a European University […]

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