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Environmental Europe: A Success Story?

Jonas Schoenefeld |

Forty years on, the EU environmental policy is a much-publicised success of European integration[1]. After a slow start in the 1970s to tackle trans-boundary environmental issues and level the playing field for European businesses, EU environmental policies now cover water, air or noise pollution; habitat and biodiversity preservation; sustainable production and consumption and the fight […]

Hello and welcome to our blog!

environmentaleurope |

We’re two PhD students at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia. We focus on environmental politics in the European Union, and hope that you will enjoy this blog, where we will post regularly on ongoing environmental policy developments in the EU. We hope to make our academic work […]

Two different discourses on railway infrastructure investment: the UK and Denmark

Helene Dyrhauge |

My previous blog post focused on the Commission’s problems of implementing its infrastructure strategy due to strong and diverse national interests. This blog post focuses on two different national discourses – the Danish and the British – on infrastructure investments and argues that national infrastructure investment are rooted in different state traditions, in relation to […]

A normative defence of a foreign policy in line with human rights

Normative Power Europe? Really? |

This article was originally published in Dialogue, issue 6, winter 2013. In the last two decades, norms and beliefs have put on weight in scholarly research in international relations. Traditional (neo)realists would still insist that international relations are only about one predetermined goal, that is, survival. Nonetheless, among those willing to accept that there is […]

Playing the EU game: complicity or getting your way?

PoliticsatSurrey |

My blog last week got picked up by British Influence, a pro-EU pressure group, who asked if they could re-post it on their website. Off the back of that, I got drawn into a Twitter exchange with Iron Lad, a self-professed libertarian and UKIP supporter. Suffice to say that we didn’t agree on much, as we slid quickly into the ‘who […]

The free movement of people - it works both ways

Jon Danzig |

The free movement of people is a cornerstone principle of the European Union.  Why change it?  But that’s exactly what the British government has announced today that it wants to do. EU membership works both ways.  Other EU citizens can come here; we can go there. Britain has benefited greatly from other EU citizens coming to Britain to fill […]

Ukraine’s Future: Whatever Happened to the New Europe?

PoliticsatSurrey |

Sunday 1st December 2013. Mass protests in Ukraine. They come just one week before the day when 22 years earlier Ukraine was instrumental in signing the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics into obsolescence; and 20 years – to the day – after the historic Rome meeting of the Conference (now Organisation) for Security and Cooperation in […]

Latvia: From Soviet Union to European Union

Jon Danzig |

In 1999, I visited the Baltic State of Latvia in the north-east part of Europe. It was eight years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Latvia was forced to join in the 1940’s. And it was five years before Latvia chose to join the European Union.  My visit was a snapshot of a country […]

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