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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Macron: the honeymoon's over
25 October 2017
Professor Rainbow Murray discusses the French president's rapidly declining popularity.
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.
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 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.
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.