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An insider eye into the European Parliament: The journey of Antonio Astolfi from CER intern to Schuman Trainee
7 August 2019

Find out how Antonio Astolfi experience as an intern at CER has fed into his new role in the Schuman Traineeship programme at the European Parliament.

The far right in the European Parliament: What to expect?
14 June 2019

Dr Stijn van Kessel shares with us his insights into the results and the role that far-right parties will play in the new European Parliament in 2019-2024.

Forget the Brexit Party surge in the UK, the rest of Europe has a more important message
29 May 2019

Who said Europe was boring? For once, the European Parliament elections have been as important as national elections

What the EU should learn from the successful Canadian model of Privately Sponsored Refugees
16 March 2019

Nicole investigates how the highly successful model of private sponsored refugee resettlement used in Canada can be adapted in the European context.  Many countries have already designed or implemented similar resettlement strategies, but have not had the success rates in terms of number of refugees resettled, integration levels, and popular sentiment towards refugees, as the Canadian example.  With some ideas drawn from the Canadian Privately Sponsored Refugees Programme, European Union Member States can have as much success as Canada.

CER Inaugural | Reforming the EU: Why and How the Union Needs to Hand Power to its Citizens
8 October 2018

Opened by our Director, Dr Sarah Wolff, the CER 2018 Inaugural lecture was dedicated to one of the most debated and controversial issues surrounding the EU.

Continent by default Continent by default: The crisis of the EU geopolitical role
24 April 2018

Giorgia Miccoli reviews Professor Anne Marie Le Gloannec’s last book, published posthumously. In an era characterized by Euroscepticism and nationalism, the author identifies the faults of the Union in developing a comprehensive and coherent foreign policy.

Globe and UE flag in background Behind the scenes: the creation of the European Union Global Strategy
19 March 2018

Giorgia Miccoli reviews the latest publication of Nathalie Tocci, 'Framing the EU Global Strategy: A Stronger Europe in a Fragile World’. Being a non-academic book, written by a scholar the book is considered to be a precious contribution, accessible for everyone, from students to policy-makers.

Signing the joint notification on the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) The Common Security and Defence Policy: more strategic autonomy within the frame of NATO?
6 March 2018

CER’s new intern Giorgia Miccoli explores the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), signed 2017, and its impact on the existing Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) as well as the EU’s relationship with NATO.

Polish flags Poland judicial reforms: the hard test for European Rule of Law
6 March 2018

The recent judicial reform plan sponsored by the Polish government in 2017 caste a curse on the European Union and its founding values of democracy and Rule of Law. Gaia Taffoni looks at the possible solutions that the EU could take to deal with this breach.

UK Border The Future UK-EU Internal Security Agreement: political dilemmas, legal challenges and unanswered questions
1 March 2018

In this blog post Dr. Helena Farrand Carrapico investigates the main concerns regarding the developments of the relations between the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) and the UK, in conjunction with the Brexit negotiations.

Catalan flag Regional election in Catalonia: A test case for independentists
20 December 2017

In what has been an eventful year for Catalonia, David Gazsi considers what developments the upcoming regional election will bring.

UK and EU jigsaw pieces CER Inaugural Report – Professor Helen Drake and Professor Tim Bale on Brexit
17 November 2017

Read the summary of the CER Inaugural Lecture ‘Negotiating Brexit’ given by Sir Jonathan Faull KCMG, which features observations from Professor Helen Drake (Loughborough) and Professor Tim Bale (QMUL).

Reichstag building exterior The German federal elections: What implications for Europe?
30 October 2017

In this post, David Gazsi reflects on the 2017 German elections and its implications for the whole of Europe.

Emmanuel Macron Macron: the honeymoon's over
25 October 2017

Professor Rainbow Murray discusses the French president's rapidly declining popularity.

EU flag with Houses of Parliament in background EU referendum: one year on
30 June 2017

One year one from the EU referendum, Professor Tim Bale comments on its impact on UK political parties.

Theresa May Forward together
26 May 2017

Professor Tim Bale reflects on the Conservative Party’s election manifesto, which promises a ‘smooth and orderly’ Brexit.

Fragmented field keeps voters guessing as Dutch election approaches
9 March 2017

Dr Stijn van Kessel observes run up to the Dutch elections.

Geert Wilders Geert Wilders is no longer so keen on pushing for a ‘Nexit’
7 March 2017

The intensity of the the Dutch Freedom Party’s Euroscepticism has variated over the years, writes Stijn van Kessel. 

Figurines representing refugees Asylum Visas as an Obligation under EU Law
28 February 2017

Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax analyses the extent of the margin of appreciation available to Member States under Article 25 CCV.

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