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Field Trip Report- My Experience at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center in Ghana

The UACES Network |

By Silvia Peirolo Security assistance is at the forefront of international engagement in “weak” or “fragile” states. Making so-called fragile states secure and stable is viewed by the international community as essential for dealing with the consequences of the transnational and diffuse nature of insecurity such as trafficking of arms, drugs and human beings and […]

Regional Activity in Brussels: A Matter of Informal Contacts, Networking and Presence

Marte Christophersen Haugen |

In her EU3D-funded master’s thesis, Marte Christophersen Haugen explored how Brussels offices representing regions work and interact at the European level. The results show that being from a non-member state or a geographical periphery does not hinder regions’ activity in Brussels. What matters, Marte argues, is a proactive presence and active networking as well as […]

The Case for a Post-Imperial EU Foreign Policy in a Post-Western World

JCMS |

Power politics is back with Russia and China challenging Western primacy in the arenas of international economy and politics, while threatening the Western-based liberal order. At the same time, Russia’s war on Ukraine has proven that countries across the global South are not bound to the West anymore. It became clear that these states reject […]

Liz Truss demanded 'no EU flags' at Prague summit

Jon Danzig |

New British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, demanded that ‘no EU flags’ should be shown at the Prague meeting of European leaders on Thursday 6 October 2022. EU news website EURACTIV reported that the flags were kept away from the inaugural European Political Community summit at the demand of Ms Truss and the UK delegation. The […]

“Euro-ambivalence”, EU competition law, and national healthcare systems: How the UK parliament joined some of the dots with NHS reform

EUhealthgov |

“We send the EU £350 million a week. Let’s fund our NHS instead” proved an effective – if misleading – slogan for the Leave campaign in the 2016 UK referendum on EU membership. While this may simply suggest a “very British” variety of Euroscepticism, its implications arguably prove further-reaching, with learning for other countries (and […]

'War in Europe is a civil war'

Jon Danzig |

Britain’s Children’s Newspaper – subtitled, ‘The Story of the World Today for the Men and Women of Tomorrow’ – was a remarkable and mature publication for youngsters. On 8 October 1938, with dark clouds of war looming, the newspaper ran a visionary editorial describing Europe as ‘one Brotherhood’ with a ‘common interest which binds its […]

How newspaper lies led to Brexit

Jon Danzig |

Prince Harry, Sir Elton John and Liz Hurley are among a group of celebrities suing the Daily Mail publishers, Associated Newspapers, for what they describe as “abhorrent criminal activity”. Their legal action claims they have “compelling and highly distressing evidence” that they have been “victims” of  “gross breaches of privacy by Associated Newspapers”. The group […]

Establishing common grounds: our first RELATE reading groups

Heidi Maurer |

The UACES research network RELATE (European Studies in a Relational Universe) aims to bring together scholars with an expertise and interest in social relational theory, to advance and inspire an innovative relational research agenda and bring relational theory into the mainstream of EU and European studies, and to contribute to capacity-building of early career researchers […]

Introducing the EUFutures Research Network: Inter-Disciplinary Approaches to Connecting EU Law, Policy and Politics

Prof Elaine Fahey, Dr Fabien Terpan, Dr Rebecca Zahn |

The EUFutures research network was launched in 2022 in order to answer this question. Sponsored by UACES and the James Madison Charitable Trust from 2022-2025, the network brings together scholars to: reflect on the future methodological direction(s) of EU law and EU integration; to provide methodological training for EU lawyers interested in interdisciplinary study; and to consider both how law could open itself up to methodologies from other disciplines, and what legal analysis could offer political, economic and historical approaches.

True Tories were Remainers

Jon Danzig |

Conservatives, have you forgotten what your party in power used to stand for regarding Europe? For most of the past seven decades, Tory governments did more than any other to bring us closer to our continent. After all: It’s because of the Conservatives that the UK applied to join the European Community in the first […]

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