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Obituary: Uwe Kitzinger 1928-2023

William E. Paterson |

Uwe was the leading advocate of British membership in the then EEC and he continued this advocacy through Brexit till his death. He had developed the skill of advocacy as President of the Oxford Union and his advocacy was expressed first in his enormously influential book ’The Challenge of the Common Market‘.

Going to Windsor

eu!radio |

Today on "Ideas on Europe" we are going to Windsor. Not to visit the new King, but to talk about whether this spring’s deal on Northern Ireland means a new start for relations between the EU and the UK.

Erdoğan’s Pyrrhic Victory

eu!radio |

For our weekly ‘Ideas on Europe’ editorial by UACES, the University Association for European Studies, we have the pleasure to welcome again Dr Başak Alpan, from the Middle East Technical University, in Ankara.

Constitutionalising the EU in an age of emergencies

Jonathan White |

Over the last fifteen years, EU leaders have frequently resorted to emergency measures in response to periods of crisis. But while these measures may have helped bring order to unstable situations, have they come at a cost for the EU’s legitimacy? Jonathan White argues that instead of bolstering the EU’s fire-fighting capacity, we would be better […]

Into full Windsor implementation

Simon Usherwood |

This week’s announcement from the Council on the adoption of three Regulations marks the end of a rapid process of enacting the Windsor Framework. As discussed earlier this month, while the February photoshoot in leafy Surrey [my local news sources were very adamant about it not being even Berkshire, let alone Windsor] was good for […]

Research innovation trapped by pre-set practices in EU studies

JCMS |

By Theofanis Exadaktylos, University of Surrey and Kennet Lynggaard, Roskilde University As scholars of politics and international relations we are trained to design our research based on methodological and research design traditions. For those of us working on EU politics, broadly speaking, the way we conceive the EU as a political reality and entity reflects […]

How do small countries establish Big Science in the age of the European Research Area? The case of the Belgian MYRRHA project

Europe of Knowledge |

Hein Brookhuis Over the past decades, the European Commission has increasingly aimed to include scientific collaboration explicitly in its political project. With the introduction of the European Research Area in 2000, the Commission hoped to create a “borderless market for research, innovation and technology.” The origins and dynamics of this European science policy have been […]

From the EU Battlegroup Concept to the Rapid Deployment Capacity: A Gear Change in the EU’s Rapid Deployment Capabilities?

eu!radio |

Within the 2022 Strategic Compass, published a year ago, the EU sets out the ambition to create a force of 5000 troops, including pre-identified strategic enablers, built on “substantially modified Battlegroups”. The Rapid Deployment Capacity (RDC), which was originally called an initial entry force, was proposed by 14 member states and was subsequently discussed at the Foreign Affairs Council on Defence Issues on 6 May 2021.

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