TEPSA Newsletter April 2017 Edition

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Editorial

60 years after the signature of the EEC Treaty: the need for a new approach

On 25 March the leaders of 27 Member States and of the European Council, the European Parliament and the Commission celebrated the achievements of 60 years of EU cooperation.

Nevertheless, it was also stated that the EU is facing unprecedented challenges, both global and domestic ones: regional conflicts, terrorism, growing migratory pressures, protectionism and social and economic inequalities. In fact we could have added more problems to that list: tendencies of populism and Euroscepticism in several Member States, the cohesion of EU cooperation (Brexit and enlargement), the situation in Turkey, energy/environment/climate and the relationship with the US, for example.

According to the so-called Rome Agenda the Union must work towards a safe and secure Europe; a prosperous and sustainable Europe; a social Europe and a stronger Europe on the global scene. That is quite an ambitious programme indeed!

Then, a rather complicated sentence figures somewhere in the middle of the text: ‘We will act together, at different paces and intensity where necessary, while moving in the same direction, as we have done in the past, in line with the Treaties and keeping the door open to those who want to join later’.

Actually the sentence is composed of five elements:

• acting together

• at different paces and intensity where necessary

• moving in the same direction (as we have done in the past)

• in line with the treaties, and

• keeping the door open to those who want to join later.

The focus of the sentence clearly is on a multispeed Europe. In the past such an approach had often been rejected for political reasons, mainly to prevent the emergence of categories of first and second class Member States. For this reason, the conditions to apply (the Treaty concept of) enhanced cooperation in practice, are difficult to fulfill whereas the impact of what can be achieved by applying enhanced cooperation –by ‘at least 9 Member States’– is only limited.

These days, however, not only has the number of Member States substantially increased, but also the political climate has changed. Moreover, 2017 is a year of uncertainty: in March general elections have been held in the Netherlands; at the beginning of May the second round of the French presidential elections will take place; in June there will be general elections in the UK; and in September in Germany. In 2018 and the years to come certainly similar developments will take place in other Member States.

So, in all honesty, we cannot be assured that the continuous support for EU cooperation will be guaranteed in all Member States in the long term.

Therefore, in the given circumstances, the principle of a multi-speed Europe should be looked at in a (more) positive way. If we cannot commonly agree on new steps to be taken, why not facilitate –a substantive number of– the willing Member States to act as forerunners? Obviously, the result of such cooperation should not undermine the core business of the EU (internal market ‘plus’) nor destabilize the functioning of the EU’s institutional structures.

That said, EU cooperation can only be credible if the fundamental values as embedded in Article 2 TEU are respected and enforced all over the territory of the Union, so in all Member States. Here the reference is to the discussions about the respect of the rule of law in Member States such as Poland and Hungary.

But apart from this, it is better to facilitate those who want to advance, instead of forcing the non-willing to cooperate. As long as all Member States participate –in the overall EU cooperation– in preserving a solid substantive acquis at minimum level, there should be no fear for the emergence of divergence.

Prof. Jaap de Zwaan

TEPSA Secretary-General

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Introducing a TEPSA Member Institute

Introducing the Institute for European Studies – University of Malta

  The Institute for European Studies is a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence engaged in teaching and research at the University of Malta. It runs a Bachelor degree course in European Studies, a Master’s degree in European Politics, Economics and Law, a research MA and a small Ph.D. programme. All courses are taught in English. It has a full-time academic …

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News from the TEPSA Secretariat

TEPSA has a new website!

TEPSA has a new website!

In a period of transformations and new dynamics for TEPSA (its new board has just entered into office, with a new, ambitious roadmap), this new website will allow for greater visibility for its members and a more user-friendly experience. The projects sections has been redesigned, with an easier overview of all projects and essential information on each project. The events …

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TEPSA has a new staff member!

Victor Tanzarella just joined TEPSA as a Project Officer. He will assist the team in funding application, the coordination of European Parliament studies and the implementation of the PONT project, and the organisation of Pre-Presidency Conferences. With a background in humanities, Victor specialised in European political economy with a Master of Science at the London School of Economics, where he researched …

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News about TEPSA projects

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The report of the TEPSA PPC in Valletta, Malta, 10-11 November 2016 is out!

On the occasion of the first Maltese EU Council Presidency starting on January 1st 2017, TEPSA held its traditional Pre-Presidency Conference in Valletta on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 November 2016. The Conference, organised in cooperation with and hosted by the Institute for European Studies of the University of Malta, was part of the long-standing tradition of TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency Conferences …

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PONT Working Europe Seminar II on EU climate, energy and environment policies

PONT Working Europe Seminar II on EU climate, energy and environment policies

On 27-31 March 2017, TEPSA successfully organised the second edition of the PONT Working Europe Seminar. 17 Master and PhD students from different national and disciplinary backgrounds attended a series of high-level lectures and panel discussions, gaining first-hand insights from researchers, EU policymakers and officials, NGO workers and business representatives on the current top priorities and trends of EU policy and …

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Save the date - Upcoming Pre-presidency conference in Tallinn (Estonia)

Save the date - Upcoming Pre-presidency conference in Tallinn (Estonia)

On the occasion of the Estonian EU Council Presidency starting on July 1st 2017, TEPSA will hold its traditional Pre-Presidency Conference in Tallinn on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 June 2017. The Conference will be organised in cooperation with and hosted by the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute (EVI), and is part of the long-standing tradition of TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency Conferences (PPCs), which take place twice a year in …

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FEUTURE PhD Online Paper No. 1: The discursive construction of Turkey’s role for European energy security: a critical geopolitical perspective

FEUTURE PhD Online Paper No. 1: The discursive construction of Turkey’s role for European energy security: a critical geopolitical perspective

The FEUTURE PhD Online Paper Series have been launched, with a first issue on "The discursive construction of Turkey’s role for European energy security: a critical geopolitical perspective". The paper is authored by Mirja Schröder, PhD student at the University of Cologne and also involved in FEUTURE's WP 5 “Energy and Climate Drivers”. In her paper, she analyses EU-Turkey energy relations …

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FEUTURE Online Paper No. 2: Energy and Climate Strategies, Interests and Priorities of the EU and Turkey

FEUTURE Online Paper No. 2: Energy and Climate Strategies, Interests and Priorities of the EU and Turkey

The FEUTURE Online Paper No. 2, authored by Lorenzo Colantoni, Dicle Korkmaz, Nicolò Sartori, Mirja Schroeder, Duygu Sever-Mehmetoglu and Suhnaz Yilmaz. deals with "Energy and Climate Strategies, Interests and Priorities of the EU and Turkey". Energy is one of the sectors in which EU–Turkey cooperation could be most fruitful, possibly leading overall convergence through the common achievement of mutual interests in …

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FEUTURE Online Paper No. 3: Evolution of the EU's and Turkey's Security Interests, Threat Perceptions and Discourse

FEUTURE Online Paper No. 3: Evolution of the EU's and Turkey's Security Interests, Threat Perceptions and Discourse

The FEUTURE Online Paper No. 3, authored by Soli Özel, Pol Morillas and Jakob Lindgaard, deals with the "Evolution of the EU's and Turkey's Security Interests, Threat Perceptions and Discourse". The aim of this FEUTURE paper is threefold. First, it aims to present in outline the main dynamics that have characterized the security relations between Turkey and the EU since WWII, …

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FEUTURE Scientific and Policy Advisory Board Meeting

FEUTURE Scientific and Policy Advisory Board Meeting

Brussels, 23 March 2017 On 23 March 2017, FEUTURE researchers had the chance to meet the members of the project's Scientific Policy and Advisory Board (SPAB) to discuss the project's research architecture and how to address potential future challenges. The SBAB is one of the key elements of the project's quality assurance and provides the consortium with tailored consultancy and advice. …

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FEUTURE country reports now available

FEUTURE country reports now available

The first EU 28 Country Reports are now available on the FEUTURE website. The reports, based on a common questionnaire, aim to map the debates and perceptions on EU-Turkey relations in the 28 EU Member States. The reports form part of Work Package 1 “Conceptual and Analytical tool-kit” and have been compiled by researchers from the FEUTURE consortium and the TEPSA …

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FEUTURE Stakeholder meeting

FEUTURE Stakeholder meeting

FEUTURE Stakeholder meeting "2017: a make or break year for EU-Turkey relations?", Brussels, 8 February 2017 On 8 February 2017, FEUTURE researchers had the chance to meet interested stakeholders from the European Commission, the European External Action Service and the Member States in order to present FEUTURE and discuss the relevance of the project for EU policy-making. FEUTURE researchers were also …

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FEUTURE Mid-term Conference, Barcelona

On 19-20 October 2017, the FEUTURE project partners will gather in Barcelona in order to discuss their research activities and first results. The conference will also involve relevant stakeholders and feature keynote speeches from experts. More information will soon be available on the FEUTURE website.  

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Study for the European Parliament: "State of play of EU-Mauritania relations", by Morten Boas

TEPSA coordinated a study on the state of play of the EU's relations with Mauritania, commissioned by the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs and authored by Dr Morten Bøås, of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Mauritania, an important ally of the EU in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel, faces several inter-related development challenges: ensuring an efficient …

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European Parliament workshop on "Human rights in Iran after the nuclear deal: Business as usual or time for change?", contributions by Giulia Bonacquisti, Nazila Ghanea and Firouzeh Nahavandi

TEPSA coordinated the participation of two academic experts, Nazila Ghanea (University of Oxford) and Firouzeh Nahavandi (Université Libre de Bruxelles) in a workshop on Human rights in Iran after the nuclear deal: Business as usual or time for change? organised jointly by the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) and the Delegation for relations with Iran (D-IR). The purpose of the workshop, which took …

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Study for the European Parliament: "Possible impacts of Brexit on EU development and humanitarian policies", by Aitor Peréz and Iliana Olivié

TEPSA has recently coordinated a study for the European Parliament Committee on Development (DEVE), authored by Aitor Peréz and Iliana Olivié, respectively Senior Reseach Fellow and Senior Analyst at Elcano Royal Institute. This study analyses the possible impact of Brexit on EU development and humanitarian policies. Brexit could have a major impact on EU development and humanitarian policies. However, although Brexit is …

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Study for the European Parliament: "Human rights provisions in Economic Partnership Agreements in light of the expiry of the Cotonout Agreement in 2020", by Lorand Bartels

TEPSA has coordinated a study commissioned by the European parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights, and authored by Prof Lorand Bartels, of the University of Cambridge. It is now available on the European Parliament online database. The study considers the options for suspending obligations under the EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) in connection with violations of human rights, democratic principles or the …

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News from TEPSA Member Institutes

News from the Institute of World Economics (Hungary)

News from the Institute of World Economics (Hungary)

Statement of solidarity with Central European University by the members of the Center for Economic and Regional Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (CERS HAS), containing the signature of IWE CERS HAS researchers, as well. Link: http://www.vki.hu/news/news_1071.html               Forthcoming project: 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018 Japan's role and interests in East Asian regionalism. …

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News from the IEP (Germany)

News from the IEP (Germany)

First results of the IEP fact checking project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe” on the Topic of “Migration and Asylum” are online http://iep-berlin.de/en/first-results-iep-fact-checking-project-trulies-truth-lies-europe-topic-migration-asylum-online/ The project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe” of the Institute for European Politics (IEP), in cooperation with Das Progressive Zentrum (DPZ) and supported by the Stiftung Mercator, presents its first results. …

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News from the Elcano Royal Institute (Spain)

News from the Elcano Royal Institute (Spain)

Elcano Royal Institute, at the head of the Spanish think tanks in transparency, according to the Financial Transparency Index 2016 According to the Observatory of Think Tanks, which has been elaborating the Index since 2014 following the international methodology of Transparency, the Elcano Royal Institute is one of the few Spanish Think Tanks that, year after year and in a …

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News from the Italian International Affairs Institute

News from the Italian International Affairs Institute

As European dignitaries gathered in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties, IAI organised an international conference on 20 March at the Italian Foreign Ministry to present EU60 research outputs and a final IAI policy paper outlining recommendations directed at relevant European and national stakeholders presently engaged in debates to re-launch the European project. All the contributions …

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News from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs

News from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs

New in UI podd: The Future of Nordic-Russian Relations. 12 april 2017 Two of the Nordic countries share borders with Russia, and the Baltic and the Barents Seas also bind us together. Historically, events in Russia have had a direct impact on stability and development in the Nordic Region. http://www.ui.se/eng/news/aktuellt/the-future-of-nordic-russian-relations.aspx   Let terrorists reap the opposite of what they sow. …

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News from the Centre of International Relations (Slovenia)

News from the Centre of International Relations (Slovenia)

Call for Papers for the 4th AIB-CEE Chapter Conference on the Changing Global Landscape and Regional Cooperation The 4th AIB-CEE Chapter (i.e. Academy of International Business – Central and Eastern European Chapter) Conference on the Changing Global Landscape and Regional Cooperation will take place between 26 and 28 September 2017 in Ljubljana. The conference will focus on the most recent changes …

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News from CIFE

News from CIFE

Call for Paper: Economic and political challenges for a more convergent €-zone In the framework of its research activities, the CIFE will organise a conference on the topic of economic and political challenges for a more convergent €-Zone. This conference will take place in Brussels on 21 and 22 September 2017.  Link: http://bit.ly/EurozoneConference Statement of support CIFE is deeply concerned …

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News from the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) – ETH Zürich and the University of Zurich

News from the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) – ETH Zürich and the University of Zurich

  Dr. Natasha Wunsch has joined the European Politics group at CIS in February 2017. She was awarded an ETH postdoc fellowship to work on democratic backsliding in Eastern Europe.     The Swiss National Science Foundation awarded the European Politics group at CIS a research grant for a project on “Constructing Europe’s Borders: Membership Discourses and European Integration” for …

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News from the Institute of International Relations (Czech Republic)

News from the Institute of International Relations (Czech Republic)

Letter from Barack Obama in Support of the Prague Agenda We are pleased to introduce the full text of the letter from Barack Obama, the former President of the United States, in support of the Prague Agenda 2016, which was presented by Jessica Cox, the Director for Arms Control of the U.S. National Security Council. Obama expressed pride over the achievements of the Prague Agenda in the last six years. …

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News from EIPA

News from EIPA

  Presentation of the CEFG Group at the XII Metropolis World Congress on “Global Challenges: Major Cities in Action”, Montreal, 19-22 June 2017 The CEFG Group has been invited to contribute to the annual meeting of the “City Manager –CEOs- Community” of the World Association of Major Metropolises (Metropolis), which will take place on Tuesday, 20 June, during the congress. The …

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News from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

News from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Project on Nordic cooperation Director Teija Tiilikainen will lead a project on the prospects of Nordic cooperation in foreign and security policy until the end of March 2018. Project on US global role Programme Director Mika Aaltola will lead a project on US global role and transatlantic relations until the end of 2017. Like the project on Nordic cooperation, the …

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News from the CEE, Sciences Po (France)

News from the CEE, Sciences Po (France)

Enrico Gualini, Visiting Professor, Technische Universität Berlin - Berlin University of Technology Enrico Gualini is full Professor of Planning Theory and Urban-Regional Policy Analysis at the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning of Technische Universität Berlin - Berlin University of Technology (since 2006). His research interests includes Production of space and political dimension of socio-spatial practices, analysis of spatial development …

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Upcoming events at TEPSA Member Institutes

Conference: The interface between EU and international law (College of Europe, Bruges)

Bruges, 27-28 April 2017  16 Verversdijk, Room VE 2.02 + 2.03 Despite their many obvious interconnections, EU and international law are all too often studied and practised in separate spheres and fora. While it is natural for either to insist on their different characteristics, and particularly for the EU to emphasize its autonomous and sui generis nature as a constitutional …

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Seminar: Do issue reputations drive party preference, or is it the other way around? (CEE, Sciences Po, France)

2 May 2017 Issue ownership is increasingly used to explain voters’ electoral choices. Various studies show that when voters consider a party to be better able to handle specific issues, this positively affects their party preference. However, a number of scholars have raised concerns about the confoundedness of especially competence issue ownership and party preferences, arguing that party preference may …

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Conference: In the eye of the storm: Final conference of the Power2Youth research project (Italian International Affairs Institute)

4 May, Venice Final conference of the Power2Youth research project. LINK: http://www.iai.it/en/eventi/eye-storm (Programme)

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International Symposium: Non-UN Sanctions and International Law (IIR, Czech Republic)

International Symposium: Non-UN Sanctions and International Law (IIR, Czech Republic)

05.05.2017 International Symposium: ESIL Prague – Nottingham Symposium: Non-UN Sanctions and International Law, , Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic The Institute of International Relations would like to cordially invite you to an international symposium that will take place in Prague on 5 May 2017 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The idea is to …

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Lunch Debate with Ambassador Reinhard Silberberg: Perspectives of the European Integration: Conflict and Consensus between the EU-27 (IEP, Germany)

Lunch Debate with Ambassador Reinhard Silberberg: Perspectives of the European Integration: Conflict and Consensus between the EU-27 (IEP, Germany)

IEP Lunch Debate with Ambassador Reinhard Silberberg, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union, 8 May 2017, Europäisches Haus, Berlin On 8 May 2017, Ambassador Reinhard Silberberg, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union will speak in the course of the IEP Lunch Debate on the topic “Perspectives of the …

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Conference: What happens after finding refuge (Italian International Affairs Institute)

8 May, Berlin Conference in the framework of the research project Global Turkey in Europe, in cooperation with Stiftung Mercator, Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) and Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS). The event will offer a timely opportunity to discuss the issue of the integration of refugees in the light of the experiences of two leading refugee-hosting countries - Germany …

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Conference: The Conference in Honour of Jiri Dienstbier (IIR, Czech Republic)

Conference: The Conference in Honour of Jiri Dienstbier (IIR, Czech Republic)

11.05.2017 Conference: The Conference in Honour of Jiri Dienstbier,  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic The Institute of International Relations would like to cordially invite you to a conference on Czech foreign policy before and after the Velvet Revolution. The conference will be held in honor of Jiří Dienstbier, who would celebrate his 80th birthday on the 20th …

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International Conference: The EU-China Bilateral Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (College of Europe, Bruges)

15 May 2017 The EU-China Research Centre and the Baillet Latour Chair of European Union-China Relations at the College of Europe invite scholars and experts to the conference “The EU-China Bilateral Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI)”, to be held on 15 May 2017 at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. The programme can be found at https://www.coleurope.eu/sites/default/files/uploads/event/draft_programme_3.pdf The …

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Seminar: The Rise of the Radical Right in Central and Eastern Europe (IIR, Czech Republic)

Seminar: The Rise of the Radical Right in Central and Eastern Europe (IIR, Czech Republic)

17.05.2017, American Center in Prague The Institute of International Relations would like to cordially invite you to the seminar “The Rise of the Radical Right in Central and Eastern Europe”, which will take place on May 17, 2017 from 16:00 at the American Center, Tržiště 13, Prague 1. Among the speakers you will meet Lenka Bustikova, an assistant professor at Arizona State …

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German-Nordic-Baltic Forum 2017: European Foreign Policy in Times of Post-Factual Communication (IEP, Germany)

German-Nordic-Baltic Forum 2017: European Foreign Policy in Times of Post-Factual Communication (IEP, Germany)

18-19 May 2017, Hamburg At the 9th German-Nordic-Baltic Forum, 45 experts from 7 countries will discuss the topic “European Foreign Policy in Times of Post-Factual Communication”. The event is hosted by the IEP and kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office, the University of Hamburg and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

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Seminar: Methodological Developments in Comparative Politics and the Dilemmas They Pose (Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, Lithuania)

Seminar: Methodological Developments in Comparative Politics and the Dilemmas They Pose (Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, Lithuania)

22-23 May, 2017: In Lithuania, Peter Hall will carry out a research seminar “Methodological Developments in Comparative Politics and the Dilemmas They Pose” for PhD and Master Students also faculty members. In this seminar following questions will be discussed: how our modalities of comparative research are changing (including more use of experiments, big data and RCTs) and what that offers …

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Lunch Debate with Martin Kotthaus: The Declaration of Rome and the Future of Europe (IEP, Germany)

Lunch Debate with Martin Kotthaus: The Declaration of Rome and the Future of Europe (IEP, Germany)

IEP Lunch Debate with Martin Kotthaus, 23 May 2017, Europäisches Haus, Berlin An IEP Lunch Debate with Martin Kotthaus, Head of the European Directorate-General at the Federal Foreign Office on the topic “The Declaration of Rome and the Future of Europe” (working title) will take place on 23 May 2017 in the Representation of the European Commission in Germany.

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Workshop: TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe (IEP, Germany)

Workshop: TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe (IEP, Germany)

Second Multiplier workshop and public debate “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, 24 May 2017, Berlin On 24 May 2017, a second multiplier workshop will be held, including a closing event in the form of a public debate following a presentation of the project’s results.

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Lunch Debate with Reimer Böge: A Fiscal Capacity for the Eurozone? (IEP, Germany)

Lunch Debate with Reimer Böge: A Fiscal Capacity for the Eurozone? (IEP, Germany)

2 June 2017, Europäisches Haus, Berlin The IEP Lunch Debate with Reimer Böge, MEP on 2 June 2017 will address the question “A Fiscal Capacity for the Eurozone?” (working title). The event will take place at the Europäisches Haus, Berlin.

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3rd Vienna Workshop on High-Dimensional Time Series in Macroeconomics and Finance 2017 (IHS, Austria)

3rd Vienna Workshop on High-Dimensional Time Series in Macroeconomics and Finance 2017 (IHS, Austria)

The 3rd Vienna Workshop on High-Dimensional Time Series in Macroeconomics and Finance 2017 will take place on 08-09 June 2017 at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Austria. Invited Speakers Christian Gourieroux (University of Toronto) Georg Görg (Google Inc) Marc Hallin (Université libre de Bruxelles) Marco Lippi (Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance) Hashem Pesaran (University of Southern California) Caroline Uhler (MIT) Scientific Committee Matteo Barigozzi (London School of Economics) …

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German-American Dialogue on the Post-Soviet Space: Transatlantic Cooperation in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood – Old challenges, New Policies? (IEP, Germany)

German-American Dialogue on the Post-Soviet Space: Transatlantic Cooperation in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood – Old challenges, New Policies? (IEP, Germany)

14-15 June, Washington D.C. From 14 to 15 June 2017 the third workshop of the German-American Dialogue on the Post-Soviet Space will be held at the premises of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Washington D.C. The workshop is titled “Transatlantic Cooperation in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood – Old challenges, New Policies?” and will bring together …

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Forum: The Western Balkans in the European Union: Perspectives of a region in Europe? (CIFE, IAI, ÖFZ/CFA)

Forum: The Western Balkans in the European Union: Perspectives of a region in Europe? (CIFE, IAI, ÖFZ/CFA)

“The Western Balkans in the European Union: Perspectives of a region in Europe?”, Reflection Forum on the run-up to the Summit of Trieste on the Western Balkans, Trieste, 26-27 June 2017 In cooperation with the Istituto Affari Internationali (IAI) and the Österreisch-Französisches Zentrum (ÖFZ/CFA)

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Summer School: “Global Environmental Politics: Adaptation vs. Mitigation” (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Summer School Academia Aestiva Internationalis: “Global Environmental Politics: Adaptation vs. Mitigation”, 1–8 July 2017 at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia The Academia Aestiva Internationalis will highlight a number of most pressing topics regarding environmental policies, ranging from the most salient issues, legal perspectives, United Nations endeavours, pollution, and renewable energy to economic perspectives, and human …

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International Conference: Geopolitical Change in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus: Which Future Role for Europe? (IEP, Germany)

International Conference: Geopolitical Change in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus: Which Future Role for Europe? (IEP, Germany)

 3-4 July 2017, Berlin The two-day conference will bring together renowned experts from Europe, Central Asia, the Southern Caucasus as well as China, Russia, and the US to discuss the role of global and regional powers in both Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus.

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Publications from TEPSA Member Institutes

Recent publications by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Recent publications by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Elvira Melin, ) UI Brief: Moldovas Election of a pro-Russian President: Implications for Europe, 1, April, 2017 In November 2016, Moldova elected Igor Dodon as president in the first presidential elections since 1996. In his campaign, Dodon promised to restore Moldova’s relations with Russia and possibly revoke the Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union. He also promised to improve relations …

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Recent publications by the Centre of International Relations (Slovenia)

Rózsa, Erzsébet N.;  Bučar, Maja;  Druck, Christian;  Herolf, Gunilla;  Hettyey, András;  Lovec, Marko;  Pauwels, Annelies;  Parkes, Roderick, Mapping Migration Challenges in the EU Transit and Destination Countries, 2017 The European Institute of the Mediterranean published a Joint Policy Study 'Mapping Migration Challenges in the EU Transit and Destination Countries', to which Maja Bučar and Marko Lovec, members of the Centre …

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Recent publications by CIFE

Recent publications by CIFE

Matthias Waechter, Nothing new in French politics? Why Emmanuel Macron is the most Gaullist of all candidates for the French presidential elections of 2017, April 18, 2017, CIFE Policy Paper n° 53 http://www.cife.eu/Ressources/FCK/files/publications/policy%20paper/CIFE_PP53_Matthias_Waechter_French_Election_Gaullist.pdf Miron Wolnicki and Ryszard Piasecki, The Challenges of Artificial Intelligence, March 26, 2017, CIFE Policy Paper n° 52 www.cife.eu/Ressources/FCK/files/publications/policy%20paper/Policy_Paper_Challenges_of_Artificial_Intelligence_Wolnicki_Piasecki_CIFE52.pdf Junjie Ma, The Saint in the Office: How …

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Recent publications by the Institute of International Relations (Czech Republic)

Recent publications by the Institute of International Relations (Czech Republic)

Mark Galeotti, The Modern Russian Army 1992-2016 Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia's army has undergone a turbulent transformation, from the scattered left-overs of the old Soviet military, through a period of shocking decay and demoralization, to the disciplined force and sophisticated 'hybrid war' doctrine that enabled Vladimir Putin to seize Crimea virtually overnight in 2014. Using rare …

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Recent publications by the CEE, Sciences Po (France)

   Edited books   Fillieule, Olivier, Haegel, Florence, Hamidi, Camille,  et al, (eds.). Sociologie plurielle des comportements politiques : Je vote, tu contestes, elle cherche…. Paris : Presses de Sciences Po, 2017. 398 p. Je vote, tu contestes, elle cherche… La montée de l'abstention, celle des partis d'extrême droite, l’émergence d’une consommation engagée ou de formes de mobilisation des minorités ethniques, …

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Recent publications by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

      Briefing Papers Katja Creutz, Alternative Ways of Global Governance: Informal institutions and the role of small states, February 2017. In addition to formal international organizations, alternative ways of arranging intergovernmental cooperation are proliferating. One tendency is to create looser structures around a shared purpose often without permanent secretariats. The G20 and the Arctic Council are examples of such informal intergovernmental …

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Recent publications by the Italian International Affairs Institute

The EU's Constructions of the Mediterranean (2003-2017), by Münevver Cebeci and Tobias Schumacher, (MedReset Papers 3), Roma, IAI, April, 2017, 29 p. This report offers a critical discourse analysis of the EU’s conception of the Mediterranean since 2003. It attempts to display how the EU’s discourse on the region can be read as a boundary-drawing exercise; and how it produces …

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Recent publications by the Elcano Royal Institute (Spain)

Recent publications by the Elcano Royal Institute (Spain)

Analyses of Elcano Royal Institute (ARI) ‘There is no life without jihad and no jihad without hijrah’: the jihadist mobilisation of women in Spain, 2014-16 Carola García-Calvo – 17.04.2017 This analysis looks at the women who are recruited to join Islamic State in Spain: who they are, how they were radicalised and what their motivations and functions are within the …

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Recent publications by EIPA

Recent publications by EIPA

Paola Bruni, The Regulation of Executive Pay in the Public and Semi-Public Sector across the European Union, March 2017 The regulation of top income, especially, the remuneration of senior civil servants, public officials and top-level executives in the semi-public sector has resurfaced as a topic of political and public debates across the European Union since the economic crisis in 2008. …

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Recent publications by the IEP (Germany)

Recent publications by the IEP (Germany)

 Axt, Heinz-Jürgen, Populism and Euroscepticism in Greece: Left and Right United (TruLies Blog), April 2017 Normally, it is difficult to imagine a left wing and a right wing populist party building a government coalition together. In Greece, however, this has been a reality since the election of 25 January 2015. While the leftist populist party SYRIZA (Synaspismos Rizospastikis Aristeras, Coalition …

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Recent publications by the Institute of World Economics (Hungary)

Recent publications by the Institute of World Economics (Hungary)

Tamás Fleischer: A migráció és társadalmi-gazdasági összefüggései: az MTA KRTK vándorszemináriuma (Migration and its socio-economic relations: seminar of CERS HAS) In: Tér és Társadalom 31:(1) pp. 147-157. (2017) (In Hungarian in ‘Space and Society)’ Link: http://tet.rkk.hu/index.php/TeT/article/view/2834/4923   Tamás Fleischer, Melinda Tir: The transport in our time-budget. In: REGIONAL STATISTICS 6:(2) pp. 54-94. (2016) Link: http://www.ksh.hu/docs/hun/xftp/terstat/2016/rs06204.pdf   Erzsébet N. Rózsa (Ed.): Mapping migration challenges in the …

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Recent publications by the Institute for Development and International Relations (Croatia)

Recent publications by the Institute for Development and International Relations (Croatia)

Butković, H. (2017), The Rise of Direct Democracy in Croatia: Balancing or Challenging Parliamentary Representation? Croatian International Relations Review, Vol 23, No. 77: 39–80., doi: 10.1515/cirr-2017-0002. Starting from theoretical notions, this paper analyses the practice of direct democracy in selected transitional countries, which could be instructive for Croatia. In its main part, the paper explores the obstacle that stand in …

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Recent publications by the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) – ETH Zürich and the University of Zurich

Recent publications by the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) – ETH Zürich and the University of Zurich

Börzel, Tanja A., Antoaneta Dimitrova and Frank Schimmelfennig (Eds.) European Union Enlargement and Integration Capacity (Journal of European Public Policy Special Issue 24: 2), 2017. In 2004 and 2007, the EU admitted 12 new member states in its biggest and most controversial enlargement to date – accompanied by ‘enlargement fatigue’ and warnings by commentators and policy-makers that the EU was …

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Past events at TEPSA Member Institutes

Past events at the College of Europe, Bruges

Eighth Bruges European Business Conference: Brexit and European Financial Markets, 25 April 2017 The College of Europe (Bruges campus) and Deloitte has organised a one-day conference, bringing together high-level policy makers, businesses leaders and eminent academics, to discuss developments in the European financial sector in the period leading to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The focus of this year's conference has …

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Past events at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University (Lithuania)

Past events at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University (Lithuania)

Public Lecture by prof. Shlomo Avineri “The Global Challenges to Liberal Democracy”, 24 April, 2017, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University (IIRPS VU) together with Embassy of Israel in Vilnius invites to the public lecture by prof. Shlomo Avineri “The Global Challenges to Liberal Democracy”. Event will …

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Past events at the Institute of World Economics (Hungary)

Past events at the Institute of World Economics (Hungary)

22 Febr. 2017      ChinaCham – Budapest The perspectives of Hungarian-Chinese relations in the changing geopolitical situation’ – lecture by Ágnes Szunomár IWE CERS HAS & Gergely Salát (Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences; Pázmány Péter Catholic University) http://www.chinacham.hu/hirek/chinacham-hungary-uzleti-klub-februar-22-en 2 March 2017      IWE CERS HAS Budapest 'German interests and engagement in managing the Greek crises’ - lecture and debate moderated by Zsófia …

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Past events at the IEP (Germany)

Past events at the IEP (Germany)

Study Visit: Representatives of the Ukrainan Parliament and Civil Society Organisations visit Berlin and Brussels 13-18 March 2017, Berlin and Brussels From 13 to 18 March the Institut für Europäische Politik invited 22 participants including representatives of Ukrainian civil society organisations and staffers of the European Integration and Sectoral Committees’ Secretariats of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to a study …

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Past events at the Italian International Affairs Institute

7 April, Skopje Conference with F.Nelli Feroci, president, IAI, at the signing of the MOU of cooperation between IAI and the Institute for Geostrategic Research & Foreign Policy of the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Alongside the conference, Mr Nelli Feroci met the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Poposki. LINK: http://www.iai.it/en/eventi/eu-crossroad-challenges-60-years-after-treaties-rome-perspectives-western-balkans (Video, press review)   5 …

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Past events at the Elcano Royal Institute (Spain)

Past events at the Elcano Royal Institute (Spain)

1.03.2017- Seminar: Where is Russia headed? Elcano Royal Institute. The participants were Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, Chairman of Elcano Royal Institute, Yuri P. Korchagin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Spain, Mira Milosevic-Juaristi, Senior Fellow of Elcano Royal Institute, Ivan Timofeev, Program Director of the Russian International Affairs Council, Vladislav Inozemtev, Director of the Moscow Center Research for Post-Industrial Studies, …

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Past events at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Past events at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Seminar: Implementing Disaster Risk Reduction. 20 april 2017. The Swedish institute of international affairs. The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), together with the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), held a seminar about the Sendai Framework and about the practical implementation of disaster risk reduction. https://www.ui.se/english/events/previous/2017/april/implementing-disaster-risk-reduction/   Seminar: North Korea and East Asian Security. 17 march 2017.  The Swedish institute of …

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Past events at CIFE

Past events at CIFE

Roundtable: “Perspectives for the Western Balkans in the European Union” 28 March 2017, venue Ljubljana, Slovenia Roundtable organised with the Centre for European Perspective, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Centre Franco-Autrichien pour le Rapprochement en Europe, the Istituto Affari Internazionali and supported by the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe and the BiEPAG http://www.cep.si/news-and-press-/press-releases/568-round-table-perspectives-for-the-western-balkans-in-the-eu  

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Past events at the Instiute of International Relations (Czech Republic)

Past events at the Instiute of International Relations (Czech Republic)

Presentation: “Experiencing Afghanistan: Perspectives on Security and Implications for Foreign Assistance and Migration,” 13.03.2017, Institute of International Relations Prague, Czech Republic The Institute of International Relations Prague in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung hosted the presentation “Experiencing Afghanistan: Perspectives on Security and Implications for Foreign Assistance and Migration". For more information please visit this link: http://www.iir.cz/en/article/experiencing-afghanistan Debate: “EU Security …

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Past events at EIPA

Past events at EIPA

Preparing Bulgarian officials for their turn in the chair EIPA's experts started to prepare the Bulgarian officials for their country's Presidency of the Council in 2018. In a project to be executed between March and October, EIPA, in a consortium with ENA, will be working with Bulgarian officials in Sofia and in Brussels  on how to manage the Council and …

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Past events at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

10th Annual FIIA Day seminar: “Assessing Global Trends - Do the views of the US and Europe still converge?” 28 February 2017, Wanha Satama Conference Centre, Helsinki Dr. Suzanne Fry, Director of the Strategic Futures Group of the US National Intelligence Council, presented a report on global trends at the 10th annual FIIA Day on 28 February. Video recording of …

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Past events at the CEE, Sciences Po (France)

Conference « Aide d’urgence, accueil et intégration des réfugié.e.s et des migrant.e.s : une priorité pour l’Europe ? Enjeux pour la France » 28 February 2017 with Cécile Kyenge, European Deputy (S&D, IT) ; Member of the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs ; Former Minister for Integration in Italy and  Tommaso Vitale, Associate Professor at Sciences Po. Vidéo …

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Public consultation by the European Commission

Public consultation on the Erasmus + Programme

Public consultation on the Erasmus + Programme

Period of Consultation: 28/02 - 31/05/2017 Target group: General public/stakeholders The consultation aims to gather comments and perspectives from various stakeholders and the general public on the relevance of the Erasmus+ programme's objectives, the effectiveness of the measures taken to achieve them and the efficiency of their implementation. It will also gather views on the coherence of the programme and its …

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