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Why use blogs in university teaching: A Socratic dialogue

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Guest post by Anamaria Dutceac Segesten* When I first told my undergraduate students that we will have a blog connected to the one of their first semester courses, they looked at me with incredulity. A blog? Why, a blog can have nothing to do with academia, right? Well, wrong, was my reply. I have written […]

The English Defence League: Building a European Community?

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By Simon McMahon The English Defence League (EDL) has over the last year been building an increasing amount of support across the UK, particularly in England. Formed in the town of Luton in 2009 as a response to Muslim protest groups’ criticism of British soldiers, the EDL is an organisation boasting thousands of members and […]

Is the Lisbon Treaty delivering on its promises?

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The Lisbon Treaty conference featured a lively round table discussion on the impact of different aspects of the Treaty. Following the conference we posed the question, "Is the Lisbon Treaty delivering on its promises?" to five conference participants.

Treaty of Lisbon Evaluated - external action provisions no/low impact

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The discussion at the Treaty of Lisbon Evaluated conference has seen a clear convergence of view that the provisions on external action have been of minimal impact to-date.  The most optimistic readings of its provisions are that it is too early to judge – the more pessimistic (and majority view) is little real substantive change. […]

The Crisis, the Euro, and the development of a European polity?

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By Simon McMahon The Euro is going through its greatest challenge, a fight for survival. The financial crisis and subsequent economic downturn have put the single currency under pressure as Greece, Ireland, Portugal and possibly Spain or Italy struggle to keep markets happy, confidence up and debt off their backs. However, despite the ease with […]

Who leads the EU?

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Who leads the European Union – or even “Europe”? A weighty question indeed – and thankfully not one that preoccupies only the members of this particular panel. Indeed, as well-regarded and experienced a figure as former MEP Richard Corbett has recently asked it again (Corbett, “Who Leads the European Union?” European Voice, January 6, 2011). […]

Deliberation All the Way Up

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Uwe Puetter has written a fascinating article due to come out in the Journal of European Public Policy this year that relates to the role of the European Council and the Council in giving leadership to economic governance. His essential argument is that in the absence of formal extensions of EU competence in the economic […]

Leadership in the EU

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Writing in European Voice in November 2010, Tim King highlighted the problem of finding a definite answer to the question “Who leads Europe”? http://bit.ly/aNNWFt. Indeed it is a problematic question to answer without reference to either time or substance. Look at the response to the financial crisis. The first incumber of the new post-Lisbon position […]

Panel on Freedom, Security and Justice

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In 1966 Stanley Hoffmann wrote that European integration would be more likely to proceed in areas of ‘low’ than ‘high’ politics – integration was more likely in areas that did not impinge so directly on state sovereignty. He went on to argue that states would be reluctant to move into high politics because it would be […]

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