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Willie Paterson at 80

UACES blog |

By Prof Charlie Jeffery, University of York Willie Paterson, a legendary figure in political science and European studies in the UK, turned 80 a little while back. I’ve known Willie for the last 34 of those 80 years and worked with him very closely for ten of them. I have to say no-one else has […]

EU Strategic Autonomy : Now or Never?

Ideas on Europe |

For our weekly “Ideas on Europe” editorial by UACES, the University Association for European Studies, we welcome Prof Amelia Hadfield, who is Director of the Centre for Britain and Europe at the University of Surrey, in England.         euradio · EU Strategic Autonomy : Now or Never ? – Ideas on Europe […]

The German 'traffic light' coalition: no commitment to stronger spending powers for the EU

Tiziano Zgaga |

With the new ‘traffic light’ government in Germany, one could have expected a game changer in Germany’s approach to fiscal integration. Instead, the coalition agreement is a compromise between maintaining the old fiscal regulatory framework and showing some moderate opening towards new European spending powers. The coalition agreement of the new German government led by […]

A new year of Brexiting

Simon Usherwood |

The arrival of 2022 has brought both continuity and change to the UK’s relationship with the EU. The resignation of Lord Frost in December has precipitated a major reorganisation (possibly still on-going) of the government’s management of EU and Brexit affairs, but the new point on the relationship – Foreign Secretary Liz Truss – has […]

France 2022: Back on the couch

Albrecht Sonntag |

How fitting: this spring, ARTE, the brainy French-German TV channel, will broadcast a second season of ‘En thérapie’, the French version of ‘In Treatment’ (itself based on the Israeli TV hit “Be Tipul”). 35 new episodes of people on the psychiatrist’s couch, composing what Le Monde called ‘an immobile travel across French society in the […]

The Wider Europe: a time for experiments

Andrew Duff |

The next steps in the EU’s constitutional development must involve greater care for the wider Europe, Andrew Duff argues. He proposes the introduction of a new category of EU affiliate membership, allowing the EU’s western and eastern neighbours alike to become stable and reliable partners. One of the more diverting exercises in literary criticism during […]

How France and Germany created the EU corona recovery fund

JCMS |

The corona recovery fund, now formally known as Next Generation EU, has been the European Union’s (EU) most important response to the economic and social damages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Unprecedently, the 27 member states entrusted the European Commission to borrow €750 billion and to allocate the money – in large parts in the […]

European Commission’s Agenda-setting Influence

JCMS |

Who sets the European Union’s policy agenda? The complex nature of the EU’s legislative process, combined with the lack of a clear hierarchy among the core EU institutions, means that it is hard to disentangle the policy contributions of different institutions and determine which one is ultimately responsible for the legislative priorities of the Union. […]

Deal or No Deal: Revisiting Theresa May’s Brexit Defeat

JCMS |

Theresa May and the shaping of the Brexit process With the provisional entry into force of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), the dust is far from settled on the Brexit process. And yet the culmination of the formal stages of talks on the terms of withdrawal and the future relationship – however ‘thin’ […]

The UK’s Turing Scheme: replacing Erasmus+?

eu!radio |

For our weekly “Ideas on Europe” editorial by UACES, the University Association for European Studies, we welcome Prof Paul James Cardwell, from City, University of London, in England.         euradio · The UK’s Turing Scheme: replacing Erasmus+ ? – Ideas on Europe     We have heard a lot this year about […]

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