Of the four main European Institutions, the European Parliament (EP) has most struggled to be heard on the recent crises affecting Europe (monetary, economic, social, environmental…). At a time when the European project is at great risk, and when European leaders struggle to define a common European interest, it is perhaps time to turn to […]
Viviane Gravey is a Lecturer in European Politics at Queen's University Belfast. Her research focuses on EU environmental politics, policy dismantling and European (dis)integration. She is a lead author of the expert review The EU Referendum and the UK environment (2016). She holds a PhD in environmental politics from the University of East Anglia, a MSc in Politics and Government of the EU from the LSE and a Master in European Affairs from Sciences Po Paris.
Ten years ago today, the French voted down the European Constitution Treaty, which was supposed to replace existing EU Treaties and institute key changes such as the appointment of a EU foreign minister. This was followed by an even stronger ‘No’ in the Netherlands three days later. These ‘No’ votes succeeded where the Danish 1992 […]
The European Union has an image problem. The “permissive consensus” (aka non-informed consent) that supported European integration up to the early 1990s is long gone, and the image of “the European construction” as a guarantee of peace is no longer sufficient. Even the last European Commission thought a “new narrative for Europe” was required. Of […]
Buzzing with fresh ideas on how to make our voices heard beyond the infamous academic ‘Ivory Tower’ after a UACES Student Forum Seminar in London in autumn 2013 and a course on social media at the University of East Anglia (UEA), we decided to set up this blog as a joint project. Given that it’s […]
As discussions on a UK in/out referendum pick up steam, it is necessary to discuss how the United Kingdom would be affected by such a change. While the current discussion on EU/UK relations in mainstream media (in the UK and beyond) tends to focus on migration issues, there is an important environmental dimension. As such, […]
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