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Over the Hill and far away? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Week, 5 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
As the usual saga of trying to agree who does what role in the EU’s institutions drags on for another month, it’s worth thinking a bit about the British/Lord Hill strategy. We know that Hill is not a big public figure and that he has a ba...
The new British policy on the European Union: scapegoats and crossed fingers NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Weeks, 4 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
The European election fallout continues to amaze. In Brussels, Strasbourg and national capitals, the consequences of historic and contemporary decisions are working their way through the system. Jean-Claude Juncker’s election to Commission Pres...
Nick Robinson is wrong, William Hague has not lost his ambition NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Nick Robinson posited on this morning’s Today programme that William Hague had lost his ambition. Robinson claimed that Hague would be looking forward to going back to writing history books and making lots of money, as he had done when he resig...
Debating the EU: How can we do it? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 3 Weeks, 4 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
I was talking to a friend yesterday evening, who felt that a referendum on EU membership was a good thing. He agreed with my point that what the UK (and the Union more generally) needed was a full public debate, but saw a referendum as a way to kick-...
A new European Union, or just more of the same? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 4 Weeks, 4 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Cynicism comes easily: to watch the events of this week unroll has been to see every cliche of European integration at play. Backroom deals, grandstanding eurosceptics, scapegoating and general ignorance – sadly, an all too common sight in and...
The momentum issue in euroscepticism NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Only a short post this week, as I’m attending the first European conference on Learning & Teaching in Politics, IR and European Studies at the University of Maastricht (yes, there again). Obviously this week potentially represents an import...
The continuing fallout from the EP elections NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Coming to Brussels this week, it’s be heartening to see so much discussion of key international developments, coupled to an emergent sense of collective identification. Sadly, the World Cup and the Red Devils’ successes remain of limited...
Day Two of the Global Summit to End Sexual a Violence in Conflict NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 16 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
By Roberta Guerrina Over the last two years the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been engaged in a campaign to end sexual violence in conflict. The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict taking place in London on 10-13 June 2014 is the c...
Borja Garcia: Euroscepticism and the World Cup: United in football diversity NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
I was of all places in Brussels, at the presentation of the European Week of Sport, when Simon Usherwood proposed to write something on Euroscepticism and the theme of the week, the World Cup. Because, yes, it is that time again, football’s big...
Forza Europa!? The World Cup and euroscepticism NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 19 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Maybe it’s all the sun we’ve been having this week, but some foolish impudence leads me to write about football, a subject about which I know little and possibly care less. After an exchange of tweets with @DrBorjaGarcia yesterday, we dec...
Making the Rhetoric a Reality: Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Yesterday the eyes of the world were trained on London, as UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and Foreign Secretary William Hague opened the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. An ambitious aim to say the least. The first day of fringe eve...
Respecting voters’ ‘mistakes’: The EU and euroscepticism NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 1 Minute ago
I’m just back from Montreal, where I was invited by the EU Centre of Excellence at the Université de Montréal and McGill University to participate in a roundtable on the European elections. My plan was simple: to go and talk about...
Blogging from Canada (briefly) NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
A short post today, since in all my cleverness I left my power adapter on the other side of the Atlantic and I can’t face the thought of typing all I want to say on a phone. Last night, I took part in a roundtable discussion on the European ele...
Power and the European Parliament NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
One of the more particular aspects of European elections is the rather extended process that it involves: voting over 4 days, results taking several more days after that, then a long process of forming groups, all as a prelude to the Commission elect...
I love the smell of democracy in the morning… NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
It’s voting day here in the UK, so I’m off to the polling station to exercise my democratic rights. When I vote, I’ll be choosing who represents me in the world’s only supranational, directly-elected Parliament, a body that sp...
Europe seen from Maastricht:what happened to the post-Cold War project? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
I’m visiting the University of Maastricht this week, using the EU’s ERASMUS+ teaching exchange programme. It’s a great means of seeing how other institutions work, and of sharing practice with others, but it’s not so well know...
Exceptionalising Women in Combat NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond’s announcement that the government was likely to remove restrictions on women serving in combat should come as no surprise. As he points out the ‘Americans, French, Australians, Canadians and Israelis hav...
Reporting Europe: euromyths and euro-reality? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Tonight I’m speaking on a roundtable in Edinburgh on ‘Reporting Europe‘, where we’ll be considering how the media covers the EU and the influence of euromyths in the debate. I wrote about this last year, but it’s a good...
Nigel Farage and Newark NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 9 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Not a full post here today, but instead a link to my piece for The Conversation, posted today, about Nigel Farage’s decision not to stand in the Newark by-election. As I conclude: “Ultimately, Farage’s Newark demurral tells us a lot...
Do facts matter when discussing the EU? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 3 Months, 1 Week, 15 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
For the past couple of days, I’ve been competing in the inaugural EU Twitter Fight Club, where tweeps from different parts of the (notional) European public sphere have been trying to show off their tweeting ability (very broadly defined). &nbs...