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Health Systems and EU Law and Policy: the state of the art and direction of travel

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Over 130 people from 16 countries gathered to hear six keynote speakers, and policy responses from fifteen panellists. Panels covered Health systems and patient and professional mobility; Fiscal sustainability of health systems; and Global contexts. Respondents included policy makers from European Commission DGs; national health ministries; and professional and civil society networks and coalitions. The […]

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A Narrative Turn in EU Studies

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The College of Europe organised a workshop with the financial support of a small events grant from UACES. The workshop focused on the increasing interest on narratives among European studies scholars and the institutions of the EU. In recent years there has been a tendency to explain the successes or mainly the failures in building and […]

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Qualitative analysis of decision-making in the Council of the European Union

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The idea for this workshop was quite simple: to bring together new and established EU studies researchers that use qualitative methods to investigate the role and functioning of EU institutions. The Council of the European Union, for example, is a key player in European decision-making and still one of the most puzzling institutions for EU […]

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A Balanced Data Protection in the EU: Conflicts and Possible Solutions

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The workshop brought together scholars of international standing and with a background stemming from different policy fields. The aim of the workshop was to reflect on the topic of data protection from various perspectives. The event was broadly advertised, open to the public and well attended. The audience was composed of members of the European […]

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The Legal Implications of a Repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 and Withdrawal from the ECHR

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Following the Conservative party victory in the 2015 UK general election, Tobias Lock presents the key findings of a policy paper which resulted from a UACES Small Event grant funded workshop.

Power shift? The EU’s pivot to Asia

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Over the last two decades, the world has witnessed the economic resurgence of Asia and the region is now a top priority in all global players’ agenda. In 2011, the US made official their strategic pivot to the Asia-Pacific, and decided to strengthen their trade relationships and their diplomatic presence with a heightened security presence. […]

100 Books on Europe to be Remembered

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The owls at the European Parliamentary Research Service have recently compiled an excellent list of ‘100 Books on Europe to be Remembered’. The list includes a summary of each book, a biography of the author and in some cases, access to the full text. You’ll see many familiar names there, including a number of current […]

Same aims, different approaches? Recent EU and US free trade agreements in Asia

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Over the past two decades preferential and free trade agreements (FTAs) have proliferated around the globe. FTAs differ in the level of liberalization they commit to, and the scope of economic sectors brought into the agreement.  Asian FTAs tend to be ‘shallow’, that is, they reinforce commitments already taken at the WTO and lower tariffs […]

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Premature donors? Development aid from Central and Eastern Europe ten years on

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When they joined the EU Central and East European states committed themselves to meet EU norms on international development aid. Small budgets, weak social support and limited political commitment have so far limited the impact of aid from CEE. However, it is too early to dismiss them as ‘premature donors’ argue Simon Lightfoot and Balazs Szent-Ivanyi.

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