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Is sovereignty democracy?

Simon Usherwood |

I’ve been turned over this question for some weeks now, mainly because it has kept on popping up in different places. And because I fundamentally disagree. Last month, I heard the line ‘sovereignty is democracy’ fall from the lips of Bill Cash, speaking on a panel about Parliamentary scrutiny of European business. I had hoped […]

Boris Johnson: Sorry is too easy

Jon Danzig |

No matter what he does wrong – and there’s a thick catalogue of wrongs – Boris Johnson thinks he can just say “sorry” and everything will be fine. But everything isn’t fine and sorry won’t do. Today at the Covid public inquiry, Boris Johnson said he was “deeply sorry” for the victims of Covid and […]

Three Top Tips for Disseminating and Amplifying your Research

Patrick Bijsmans |

During UACES Graduate Forum Doctoral Training Academy I shared my thoughts on ‘Creating Impact: Disseminating and Amplifying Your Research’. These thoughts have been very much shaped by my career as an academic.

EU-UK Event - Simon Usherwood

eu!radio |

Every Monday, a member of the international academic association ‘UACES’ will address a current topic linked to their research. Very pleased to welcome you back on Euradio. Simon Usherwood, you are Professor at the Open University, and Chair of our partners UACES.         Listen to the podcast on euradio.       […]

Racism and right-wing extremism

Jon Danzig |

It was on 1 December 1955 that a black woman in Montgomery, Alabama was arrested after refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. Rosa Parks had broken racist, segregation laws in her state which stipulated that black Americans must vacate their seats if there were white passengers left standing. […]

Anniversary Events

eu!radio |

Very pleased to welcome back Amelia Hadfield on “Ideas on Europe”. It’s been already four years since she launched the “Centre for Britain and Europe” at the University of Surrey.

How freaky hair ‘won’ in the Netherlands and Britain

Jon Danzig |

An editorial in The Guardian asked a key question following the shock ‘win’ this month of a far-right politician in the Netherlands, Geert Wilders, and his anti-immigrant ‘Party for Freedom’. ‘How did the Netherlands reach the point at which a former political pariah finds himself on the threshold of formal power?’ Their answer: ‘Mainstream parties […]

Refugees. Is it them versus us?

Jon Danzig |

Our poor and disadvantaged and those struggling to make ends meet – many in Britain think they should be helped rather than refugees. Refugees fleeing terror, war, and torture? We’re full. People here need looking after first. Charity begins at home. We don’t want them. We can’t afford them. Those are typical comments by some […]

The Role of Inclusion in Macro‐Regional Policies for Student Mobility

Europe of Knowledge |

Alina Felder & Merli Tamtik Even though barrier‐free access to student mobility has become a significant policy problem for governments (Cairns, 2019), issues of social justice have been largely absent from institutional strategies of higher education (HE) internationalisation (Buckner et al., 2020a; Özturgut 2017). With our research we contribute to this aspect, offering a comparative […]

European Union Security in an Age of Uncertainty

eu!radio |

Security has always been one of the most complex and critical issues for the EU. After decades of remarkable success in promoting peace, stability and prosperity on a continent historically marked by conflict and division, the EU’s security landscape has shifted dramatically in recent years in the face of evolving security threats and changing global dynamics.

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