Contested memory, nationalism and xenophobia

The creation of the Museum of the Second World War, which opened in Gdansk in 2017, gave rise to a very public battle in Poland in the realm of historical memory and the politics of history.  Contemporary historian Pawel Machcewicz, who was founding director of the Museum, will be at the EUI to relate how the controversy surrounding the museum epitomises more general trends in debates on how history is told. All are welcome.

The power of social media

In light of the impact social media has demonstrated on elections, discussions about social media's influence have become inextricably linked with the danger that it poses to democracy. Solutions are not easy, however, as regulation of controversial content might lead to censorship or limits on self-expression. Henry Goodwin discusses the issue with the Director of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom Pier Luigi Parcu. Read more in EUI Times.

The ethics of migration

On 11-12 January, the EUI will host a conference organised by Professor Rainer Baubock (SPS), Rutger Birnie (SPS) and Dr Bouke de Vries (Max Planck Institute, Gottingen) on 'The ethics of migration beyond the immigrant-host state nexus'. The conference will examine the complex structure of rights and duties among all actors in the migration process. An exhibit on migration by photographer Mario Badagliacca, 'The Game', will run concurrently in the Badia Cloister.

Monitor: a new portal on racism

The Robert Schuman Centre announces the launch of a monthly magazine and portal on racism. Monitor: Global Intelligence on Racism will bring the insights of world-leading academic research to public and policy debates on racism. The magazine will be introduced on 10 January at an event organised with the UK's All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism in London, at the UK's Houses of Parliament.

Save the date: The State of the Union 2018


The eighth edition of the EUI's annual The State of the Union conference will take place on 10-11 May 2018 at the Badia and in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio. The focus of the conference, 'solidarity in Europe', will bring together experts to discuss issues such as European economic, monetary and fiscal policies, social investment, defence and security, migration, climate change, and energy. In recent years, speakers have included Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier. The conference will be followed by an Open Day at the Historical Archives of the European Union on 12 May.



Between flexibility and disintegration: the trajectory of differentiation in EU law

edited by Bruno DeWitte, Andrea Ott and Ellen Vos
Has differentiation and flexibility in the application of EU policy damaged the European project, or promoted integration? This volume examines the present and future of differentiation in EU Law, especially in the areas of Economic and Monetary Union, the internal market, justice and home affairs, and foreign policy.

Political theory and the European Union

edited by Richard Bellamy and Joseph Lacey

The process of European integration has presented intriguing challenges to the core categories with which political theory operates. This volume brings together some of the most important scholarly contributions over the last decades that have sought to contribute towards developing a political theory of the EU as an idiosyncratic political organisation.

Secession from a member state and withdrawal from the European Union: troubled membership

edited by Carlos Closa

This timely volume scrutinises two existential issues for the EU: withdrawal of a member state (i.e. Brexit), and territorial secession (i.e. movements in Catalonia, Scotland and elsewhere). Legal and political science scholars combine specific legal analysis and consider the political dynamics behind the processes. The implications of withdrawal and secession on EU citizenship are discussed in depth and there is an overview of the evolving nature of the relationship between the regions and the EU. Finally, there is an engaging normative discussion on the deeper meaning of these two processes with respect to the objective of European integration.

Reintegration strategies: conceptualizing how return migrants reintegrate

by Katie Kuschminder

How do return migrants reintegrate into their countries of origin? Reintegration strategies differ by type of return migrant, driving variation in how they subsequently influence social change in their home countries. This volume focuses particularly on the impact of gender on reintegration strategies, and would be of interest to scholars of migration and refugee studies, sociologists, anthropologists, demographers and policy makers.