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Tell us about your research? Mark Field on the EU Commission’s Expert Groups

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Mark Field, University of Portsmouth, reflects on his experiences as a first PhD student, discussing the motivations behind his research into the European Commission’s expert groups, as well as the challenges it has raised.

The search for a coherent strategic diplomacy in EU foreign policy

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What is the most important lesson that the European External Action Service should take from the ‘Arab Spring’ ? In an interview by Cristian Nitoiu from Loughborough University, Professor Michael Smith evaluates the development of the External Actions and the goal of creating a coherent strategic diplomacy within the European Union’s foreign policy.

Treaty of Lisbon Evaluated – external action provisions no/low impact

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The discussion at the Treaty of Lisbon Evaluated conference has seen a clear convergence of view that the provisions on external action have been of minimal impact to-date.  The most optimistic readings of its provisions are that it is too early to judge – the more pessimistic (and majority view) is little real substantive change. […]

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Who leads the EU?

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Doreen Allerkamp Who leads the European Union – or even “Europe”? A weighty question indeed – and thankfully not one that preoccupies only the members of this particular panel. Indeed, as well-regarded and experienced a figure as former MEP Richard Corbett has recently asked it again (Corbett, “Who Leads the European Union?” European Voice, January […]

Deliberation All the Way Up

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Kenneth Armstrong, Queen Mary University of London Uwe Puetter has written a fascinating article due to come out in the Journal of European Public Policy this year that relates to the role of the European Council and the Council in giving leadership to economic governance. His essential argument is that in the absence of formal […]

Leadership in the EU

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Kenneth Armstrong, Queen Mary University of London Writing in European Voice in November 2010, Tim King highlighted the problem of finding a definite answer to the question “Who leads Europe”? http://bit.ly/aNNWFt. Indeed it is a problematic question to answer without reference to either time or substance. Look at the response to the financial crisis. The […]

Panel on Freedom, Security and Justice

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In 1966 Stanley Hoffmann wrote that European integration would be more likely to proceed in areas of ‘low’ than ‘high’ politics – integration was more likely in areas that did not impinge so directly on state sovereignty. He went on to argue that states would be reluctant to move into high politics because it would be […]

Some Info on the Panel on Inter-Institutional Relations at the UACES Conference 31 Jan/1 Feb

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The contributions to this interdisciplinary panel look at a variety of issues arising from the implementation of the new provisions in the Lisbon Treaty and the way in which these impact on inter-institutional relations in the EU. This involves a focus on the changes in the executive realm, with studies of the new European External […]

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