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EU Member State Building in the Western Balkans

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In this article, Soeren Keil looks at the EU’s more active role in the process of state (and nation) building in the countries of the former Yugoslavia. He argues that the EU’s technical approach to highly political issues has led to misconceptions between the EU and elites in these countries, and has in turn alienated citizens. He lastly offers some ideas as to how the EU might change its approach to enlargement to meet these challenges.

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 […]

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.

‘Nobody falls in love with a Common Market’: Why Cross-border Interactions Don’t Always Foster European Identity

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The idea to promote familiarity, mutual trust, a collective European identity and support for European integration by giving citizens the possibility to interact across borders is at the heart of a wide array of EU policies, such as the Erasmus student exchange or town twinning projects. This idea goes back to Karl W. Deutsch’s transactionalist […]

The europeanisation of euroscepticism?

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Academics studying the EU should be the real eurosceptics. Not only can we translate the greek word skepsis as “enquiry”, modern science owes much to philosophical and methodological scepticism. However, it seems that academics interested in the EU have struggled to come to grips with a the phenomenon of political euroscepticism which appears to be quite a different thing compared the philosophical notions of skepticism.

Day Two – UACES 2013

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Plenary 2 at UACES 2013

The opening plenary session started on the same impressive multi-disciplinary note as the first day of the conference. Headline contributors included EU legal scholar Dagmar Schiek and economist Malcolm Sawyer – both from the University of Leeds – as well as Dermot Hodson and Fabian Amtembrink.

Day Two at the UACES Student Forum Conference

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Students from across Europe gathered in Loughborough on 8-9 July for the 14th Annual Student Forum conference. In this post Kathryn Simpson, University of Kent, reports on the last session of the conference, a roundtable on ‘Britain and the EU’.

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