News


A new era for EU defense cooperation?

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PESCO, the European Union’s new defense cooperation agreement signed earlier this month, represents a big leap towards the creation of a credible, effective European defense policy. Writing for EUI Times, Richard Maher, research fellow at the Global Governance Programme, argues that the deal is further proof that member states are committed to furthering integration post-Brexit.

What drove the Brexit vote?

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Matthew Goodwin, co-author of the books Revolt on the Right and Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union, will examine the dynamics of the Brexit vote in a talk at the EUI entitled' The drivers of the Brexit vote: What we know so far.' The talk is organised by the Migration Policy Centre, and discussants include Professors Brigid Laffan and Hanspeter Kriesi, and SPS researcher Sophia Hunger.  4 December.  Please register.

The road from Damascus

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When the Arab Spring spilled into Syria in 2011, first-year Law researcher Dima Hussain believed that her country's long-entrenched status quo was about to change.  Today, however, Syria’s civil war still rages on with no end in sight. Nonetheless, Hussain remains optimistic that one day she will return to Damascus, to a Syria imbued with the idealism that sparked a revolution over six years ago. Read a profile of her in EUI Times.

EUI joins Scholars at Risk network

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The EUI has joined Scholars at Risk (SAR), a network of over 400 higher education institutions in 39 countries working to protect threatened scholars, prevent attacks on higher education and promote academic freedom.
“By joining SAR, we stand in solidarity with educators, researchers and students around the world who are threatened for peacefully expressing ideas and asking questions,” said Prof. Renaud Dehousse, EUI President.

Save the date: The State of the Union 2018

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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.

Publications


CADMUS

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.

The colonies of Genoa in the Black Sea region: Evolution and transformation

by Ievgen Alexandrovitch Khvalkov

This volume, the published version of an EUI doctoral thesis in History,  focuses on the network of Genoese colonies in the Black Sea area and their diverse multi-ethnic societies. Interesting for economic historians, medieval history scholars, and social and cultural historians, the book offers a novel interpretation of the functioning of the late medieval colonial multi-ethnic ethnic society of fifteenth-century Caffa, and its interaction with the rest of the world.